As I had stated in one of my previous posts, I’ve been wanting to one day to a tech talk, but needed to work up to do something like that. And then out of nowhere, I found myself being asked to do a lightning talk at work of what I learned at the Strata+Hadoop Conference that I attended. My audience were the other software engineers and some of the data scientists of the company. Below are some of initial thoughts on the talk I gave.
I’ve been working on my pace. I tried to consciously slow down and not talk so fast. I think this is working. But in the moments I thought to slow down, I had a tendency to look up in the space above the listeners head. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad. I think I need to film myself when I practice or give another talk to see.
Even though this talk was short and unplanned, I need to still at least appear to be prepared. So work on confidence, but also make it feel like a conversation and not a lecture.
Because of time, I wasn’t the one who prepared my slides, so my bullet points was not in the correct order from the way I had practiced in my mind. I was able to recover. This just reminds me to be prepared for anything.