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How to prepare a presentation for MoscowJS.

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Abstract

This repo contains guidlines on how to submit and prepare a talk for MoscowJS.

Submission Requirements

Public Speaking Experience

No previous public speaking experience is required to give a talk. We welcome everyone and will help you prepare your speech.

Required Info

  • Name of the talk
  • Preferred ways to contact you

Topics

Here is an incomplete list of topics, that we welcome at the meetup.

  • Technical topics: programming languages, libraries, frameworks, platforms;
  • Processes and communication: team organization, knowledge sharing;
  • Non-standart applications of technology: experiments and reasoning;
  • Online and offline communities: building and expanding thematic discussion groups.

This list is here only for reference. If you have an idea for a talk, that does not relate to any of those, please don't hesitate to submit it.

Limitations

The only limitation we have now is timing: presentation should not take more than 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Submission Process

Submit your proposal by email to team@moscowjs.ru or this online form.

Also you can create PR to MoscowsJS repository.

How to make PR:

  1. Fork MoscowsJS repository.
  2. Upload photo with you to speakers photos folder and name it with your nikname.
  3. Create or use existing moscowjs-*.md file with other proposals in events folder.
  4. Write title and description of your talk, attach your upladed photo and your contacts. See example.
  5. Make PR and wait.

Details about your Talk

Your submission got accepted, congratulations! You can start preparing the presentation. In the meantime organizers will need additional information about the talk to share on social media and mailing lists.

Please send all the info to our email.

Please provide this information before given dates. It is important for us to inform everyone interested in the event when it's relevant.

Let's use NASA countdown scheme to mark important milestones. Given that T is the date of the meetup:

Please send us:

  • T-21 days (3 weeks before)

    Information about you:

    • Your Name
    • Company Name (optional)
    • Skype ID (for rehearsals)
    • Phone number (as an emergency contact)
    • Photo (for the web site)
    • Public contacts, like twitter, github etc (for the web site)

    Information about the talk:

    • Talk description (for meetup announcement)
    • Main points (for organizers to know what the talk will be about)
  • T-14 days (2 weeks before)

    2 dates, when it's comfortable for you to do skype calls/rehearsals. E.g.

    12 May 19:00-22:00
    15 May 21:00-23:00
    

    More on rehearsals here.

  • T-1 day (1 day before)

    Your slides, both original and pdf versions.

Preparation Process

We encourage you to be creative with your presentation. But whatever you want to do "on stage" experience shows that it's better to be prepared.

You'll find links about every aspect of preparing a talk below. As well as our check list for slides.

One of the ways to improve quality of your presentation is to do rehearsals. You can do them by yourself, telling your speech out loud, or ask a collegue to listen to you and give feedback.

Every our talk goes through 3 rehearsal sessions with organizers and previous speakers. Two of them by skype, one live at the venue the day before meetup.

You'll receive feedback from people with experience both doing technical presentations and coaching people who are preparing one.

This may seem like an overkill, but believe me, your presentation will be more valuable, clear and concise after these rehearsals. You will be less nervous on stage and prepared in case anything goes wrong. Listeners will be thankful and you'll have something to be proud of. (Did I mention that every talk is recoreded and published online after the event?)

Checklist for slides

Please make sure your slides comply these requirements:

  • Title slide
    • Has the name of the talk
    • Has your name and any public contact info (email, twitter, etc)
  • Every slide except for the title slide has it's number on it
  • Code on slides
    • Is short
    • Is not a bitmapped image
    • Has a light background
    • Has syntax highlight
    • Is typed with monospaced font
  • Slides do not have content, that violates Code of Conduct
  • Final slide
    • Has your name and public contact info (email, twitter, etc)
    • Has a single short readable link (e.g. bit.ly/mytalk) to a place with all the repos/articles/slides/demos used in the presentation.

Links

These resources will help you prepare an awesome presentation.

After the Talk

We want you to get the most out of your experience speaking at MoscowJS. This section is about what happens after the meetup and how it can help you improve yourself as a speaker and keep in touch with other speakers and organizers.

Feedback

Feedback is an important step of the process. It can help you uderstand your strengths and weaknesses, choose a direction in which you'd like to grow as a speaker.

We usually ask attendees to rate the meetup and every talk after the event. You as a speaker will have access to this feedback.

Another great source of feedback are your mentors. If you had rehearsals before the meetup, feel free to reach out to your mentors and ask for their general opinion about how you did.

Next Steps

I hope you've enjoyed working on your presentation and speaking at MoscowJS. If you have, and would like to contribute in return, this is how you can help us make MoscowJS better.

  • Take one speaker of the future meetup and help them prepare their presentation. Join their rehearsals and share what you've learned. This is also a good way to learn more about the speaker's subject and public speaking in general.

  • Participate in discussions in the Speakers Mailing List. Share your thoughts on how to improve MoscowJS.

  • Enjoy going to our events without registering in advance. From that moment on you will always be on the list ;)

Code of Conduct

MoscowJS welcomes everyone, and defends you from harassment. For details on what kinds of behaviour are not tolerated and consequences for violating these rules, we refer to Code of Conduct.

Contacts

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us by email or in form of a github issue.