Day 8: The art of public speaking

Have you ever spoken in public ?

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Well you should.

The Beginning

My brother Loganaden was the first person who initated me to public speaking.

I was completely unprepared for that first speech.

And to myself, I believed I was unable to do what public speaking is all about.

Transfer of knowledge

This is the basis of any great speech.

I felt that I had failed my audience.

As weird as it may sound, a few people came and congratulated me.

I received a lot of positive feedback.

But to me, It was another story and it haunted me.

Doing better

That was the only thing on my mind.

On my next chance at this, I had a bad throat, so I had to cancel my speech.

Again, with all the preparation I did for this one, it felt like I was letting down my crowd.

One year later

This time, I knew what i had to do.

I prepared, 3 months in advance.

Even if my throat was bad in that year, it wouldn’t matter.

I delivered my best speech of that year, I nailed it (quite humbly)

People were screaming and overexcited, it was crazy levels of energy in that room !

slides here

The secret

I added a personal touch to that one.

Taken scene

I did a readaptation of the ever famous movie line in the movie Taken, where i said:

“I don’t know who you are, I don’t know what you want.

If you are looking for a ransom I can tell you I don’t have any money.

But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills that I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for bugs like you.

If you let that code go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you and I will not pursue you.

But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, then I will fix you.”

Then I concluded with the things that people say to discourage you.

And your comeback would be: “Talk is cheap, show me the code” ~ Linus Torvalds.

What are you waiting for ?

If you got a good idea, go sign up for Devcon 2021.

Call for speakers is ending on the 20 Jan 2021 !


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Written on January 8, 2021