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Christian Heilmann speaking terms
Hello I am Chris and I am happy that you are interested in me speaking at your event. I have defined presenter terms and here is an overview. In addition to the ones here, please refer to the So you want me to talk? article on my blog. I am a professional presenter with lots of experience. Therefore I want to make sure that there is no misconception about what I expect and deliver.
👋 Personal information
- Name: Christian Heilmann
- Company: Microsoft
- Job Title: Senior Program Manager
- Twitter: @codepo8
- Blog/Homepage: https://christianheilmann.com
- Location: Berlin, Germany
📼 Videos of note
In case you are interested in seeing me in action, here are some talks I liked:
- We are Developers 2018: Sacrificing the Golden Calf of Coding
- AI Devcon San Francisco: AI for Human Interfaces
📝 Presenter Bio
💌 I am available for...
- Moderation / MC Duties
- Video series
🎁 Subjects I cover...
- Progressive Web Apps
- Development practices and culture
- Developer Relations
- Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence
- Community building
- Careers in Tech
- Development tools
- Future of computing
💥 Show stoppers
I know it is hard to organise events, so I want to make sure that we are on the same level. Here is a list of things that I will not do.
❌I will not present at a panel or a conference line-up with an obvious lack of diversity. Our audience comes in all shapes and sizes, so should the experts on stage ❌I expect the conference to have an enforced code of conduct ❌I don't "pay to play". As a presenter, I expect full access to the event. ❌I don't deal with sponsorships of the event and I am not interested in sponsored speaking slots. ❌I have a list of people I will not present alongside and I refuse to present at events that have certain sponsors. I will flag that up to you when that is the case. I am sorry, that this is the case, but it helps.
💃 My deliveries at your event
Here's what I will do when invited as a presenter at your event.
- Deliver a fitting talk for the intended audience. I tend to deliver a unique talk every time I can and it will be an up-to-date talk.
- Deliver the talk on time and sticking to the defined format and duration. I need to know what time frame you expect and what format you want it to be in. I will show up at the times you need me to be there and set up on stage with enough time for AV people to wire up microphones and other equipment.
- Be available for conference attendees. Conferences to me are more about the people than about the content. Therefore I will try to be there for questions and feedback.
- Be available for other promotional parts of the event. I am happy to do interviews or give you feedback to use in conference wrap-ups
- Promote my presence at your event. I will tweet and blog before, during and after the event about what I will do at your event and interesting things I encounter.
- Publish my slides and screen recording after my talk. If there is a good enough connection, this normally happens right after the presentation. Everything I create at your event will be licensed Creative Commons unless otherwise agreed.
💻 My setup
I am pretty open to different ways of presenting, but here is my perfect setup
- I like to use my own computer as I have them set up the way I need and there may be coding examples.
- I either use a Surface Book or a Macbook Pro. Both come with Mini Display Ports but I also carry a dongle to connect to HDMI.
- I only send slides in advance when there is live translation or signing. Then I will also have a list of terms to translate and put some time aside with the translators to go through the deck.
If I need to use a central computer instead of mine, please consider the following:
- My slides are in PowerPoint and 16:9 format. I will have them on a memory stick with the needed fonts.
- I don't use any audio or video in my slides, but some GIF animations.
- I normally don't need notes, but I want to have a remote clicker and a "nanny screen" where I can see my slides instead of having to refer to the screen behind me.
🙏 My expectations
I am a professional presenter, and will do a lot to ensure that the event will be a success. As such, I have a few expections I want met:
- Provide me with a prime speaking slot. I've proven to be a good keynote speaker and find interesting topics to open or close conferences.
- Deliver a professional stage setup. I bring my own laptop and connectors, but I expect at least a power plug and a microphone. I am very good with audio engineers (having been one myself) but I am not there to fix audio issues or set up projectors. I expect this to work and be available. I normally don't need an internet connection, but would love to have one.
- Record and publish my talk. Recordings are a great advertisement for your conference and I make sure my presentations make sense without being in the room.
- Keep me out of sponsorship discussions. I am at your event as Chris and to present. I will not "pay to play" and I won't speak at sponsored speaking slots. I am happy to provide you with contacts of who to invite instead. I am also happy to introduce you to company colleagues dealing with sponsorships, but this is not - at all - what I do. If you are looking for a corporate sponsoring to sell speaking slots, please don't contact me.
💸 Cost and payments/expenses
I am in the lucky position that I have a job that allows me to present. That doesn't mean though that I want to be a "cheaper" option and stand in the way of people who live off presenting.
- I don't expect to be paid for my presentations if your conference helps me in my work. However, to ensure I don't under-bid peers, I'd like conferences to offer free diversity tickets for the value of a speaker fee instead.
- If possible, I'd like you to cover my travel and hotel. I am on stage and need to be able to concentrate on that. I can not do so if I need to find lodgings and organise travel to your event in addition to presenting. I don't expect first class or business class flights, but I do expect to arrive a day before the event and leave the day after with lodging organised in between. I do not want to book and pay myself and get reimbursed. International payments are a mess and I don't have time to deal with paper work in between events seeing that I am presenting almost every two weeks. I am sorry if that sounds harsh, but I want to concentrate on my talks, not try to explain to the tax department what all these invoices are about.
There are always options to haggle about these things. I'm a reasonable person and if you spend your time creating a great event where money isn't your main goal, we'll find a way.
💥 Things can go wrong...
Even with the best intentions, there may be trouble and I might not be available for your event. You may also change your mind. If that happens, here's what I want to happen.
- When I can not attend for some reason or another, I will make very much sure to find a replacement presenter to fill in for me. I have a vast network of peers, mentees and friends who can help out.
- When for some reason you decide to slash my speaking slot, I expect you to cover the cost involved for me. Often I can book my own flights as I book other appointments around events. Many of them aren't refundable.
📷 Presenter Headshots
©️ Photo licenses and information:
- Bin and black Fred Perry sweater photo by Wil Lee-Wright Photography
- Tie and Internet photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stiftelsen/31116017256/
- Dotted shirt and headset: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcthiele/31398799070/
- Black shirt and clicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124087764@N06/25684379484/
- White shirt open gesture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxthess/14306326115/in/photostream/
- White shirt thumbs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxthess/14304426622
- Mozilla shirt smile: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasgeek/9928238174/
- Black polo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/szene/8900138988/