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Blogs about speaking

Global Diversity CFP Day Q&A.

2.6.2018

Last week was Global Diversity CFP Day and we held the Seattle workshop that I'd been organizing for a few months. Global Diversity CFP Day was started by Peter Aitken, who ran a similar event to improve the diversity of submissions for his event ScotlandJS. At the event, a number of locations world-wide held workshops where people who are under-represented at technology conferences could learn about submitting talks to conferences from experienced speakers and event organizers. The attendees asked some really good questions, so I figured I'd answer them here for posterity. I hope readers will forgive me for including one "Socratic method" question at the end.

Spinning Up a New GitHub Pages Site.

9.11.2017

Pages might just be one of my favorite things about GitHub. Though I often use them for lists of links to go along with my presentations, they are capable of much more complex static sites.

Here is a quick reminder of how to set up a new GitHub Pages site:

  1. Create a new repo on GitHub.
  2. Don't create any new files yet, even licenses or readmes. If you have already created files, then stash them.
  3. Clone that repo locally and check out a new gh-pages branch (git checkout -b gh-pages).
  4. Pop any files you've stashed. Add any other files you want in your repo.
  5. Commit the changes, and then push the gh-pages branch up to Github.

You're done! You can now view your new page at https://[your-user-name].github.io/[your-repo-name]/.

If you have somehow ended up with a master branch with commits, you can remove it thusly:

Free Images.

8.22.2017

Here are some sources for free images that you can use for your website, presentation, art project or whatever.

There are also companies which will give you free photos or credits on your first sign-up or periodically: iStock, Adobe Stock (fotolia), Shutterstock and Creative Market. And both Google and Flickr will let you search for CC licensed photos.

Advice for Speaking.

5.16.2017

Here is a collection of some of the best pieces of advice for speaking at a conference that I've given and received over the last year:

Here are some HTML-based slideshows frameworks that you can use:

More advice:

Things that Matter To Me As a Speaker.

3.20.2017

Beyond the basics such as an enforced code of conduct and covered travel and lodging, there are a few things that I really appreciate as a speaker:

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