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Public Speaking Resources

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This repository contains an ever-growing and -evolving list of resources for public speaking. The primary focus is presenting at technical conferences, but many of the lessons here can be applied to many different public speaking events & audiences.


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Finding a Conference

Tech conferences are not the only way to do public speaking. You can find local users groups on Meetup and similar sites that might be interested in hearing your talks, as well!

Aggregators of CFPs and Conferences

A CFP is a "Call For Papers", "Call For Proposals", or "Call For Participation" depending on the conference.

Mailing lists with tech CFPs

  • Technically Speaking, emphasizes inclusive conferences with stipends (This newsletter is on indefinite hiatus)

Proposing talks

Writing a bio


Writing presentations

Presenting talks




  • demoshell A simplified shell for live demonstrations. It always shows the command prompt at the top of the screen and pushes command output down instead of letting iscroll up.


  • A tool for generating images of pleasantly sized and highlighted code for slides.


History & acknowledgments

This collection of resources started as a bibliography for a public speaking tutorial written & presented by VM (Vicky) Brasseur and Josh Berkus.

Since that tutorial, the collection continued to grow as Vicky located new resources to add to the list. While the collection was public, it was buried. This repository brings it out into the light and makes it easy for everyone to locate, use, and contribute to it.

Immense thanks due to Josh for helping build the initial collection of resources. Thank you, Josh!


While the individual works in this list each have their own copyright and licensing, this work itself is copyright VM Brasseur. All contributors retain copyright to their contributions to the work.

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