09 Jun '13, 12pm

How to Give a Keynote

I’m not sure how it happened, but out of the many conferences in which I’ve spoken, I’ve only submitted two talk proposals. Both were to O’Reilly’s OSCON. One was in 2003. It was not accepted. Too bad; It would have been really good. The next was in 2004. It was accepted. It wasn’t all that great. Every other time, I’ve been asked to speak–usually to give a keynote. So before my first keynote speech, I had only delivered one conference talk. And I didn’t think it wasn’t any good (sorry OSCON 2004!). When the organizers of this conference contacted me, I responded and said the following, “I’d love to do this and I’m thrilled to be asked. Just to avoid embarrassment, though, are you sure you didn’t mean to email Martin Fowler ?” Apparently they had a nice laugh and then responded saying they really meant me. My next feeling was not relief. It was terror. It was a great honor...

Full article: http://chadfowler.com/blog/2013/06/08/how-to-give-a-keynote/

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