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Why Even A Five Minute Lightning Talk Requires Preparation

Yash Prabhu is an Android developer who leads a team of four at DramaFever – a Warner Bros. company that specializes in streaming international media content. In late 2014, Yash first tried her hand at public speaking, giving a five-minute lightning talk. She thought, “Hey, it’s only five minutes—I can do that!” She quickly realized…

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How An Agile Coach Learned Audiences Don’t Expect Speakers To Be Perfect

Therese Pocrnick is an agile coach providing guidance for around 1,000 people taking part in large-scale agile programs across multiple teams at companies like Aetna and Slalom Consulting. Her role requires that she communicate at some level with all of these 1,000 people. Needless to say, being a confident communicator is a key ability for…

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Why An Introverted Software Engineer Embraced Public Speaking

Heather Tovey is a passionate developer and co-founder of NerdLab YYC in Calgary, Canada. In recent years, Heather has merged her love of technology and teaching through giving talks about, among other things, learning how to learn. One of the most common paths to public speaking is through teaching, and not necessarily in a traditional…

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