I am curios as to how people find ideas for presentations on meetups and conferences?
Some of the stuff I would like to talk about was already done by someone else. I don’t have much experience in public speaking and such, only a few local meetups and internal company ones. I spoke at Free Code Camp Sarajevo meetup about freelancing a few years ago and it was very well received.
The second talk I tried was also at a local meetup (OpenWeb Sarajevo) it was okay, but, also kind of meh, I talked about 100DaysOfCode challenge, I guess it wasn’t that interesting for the listeners.
My third talk was at an internal company meetup, the HR did let me title my talk as “How NOT to Pass the ISTQB exam” so I wrote a blog with that title afterwards instead.
In the meantime I submitted a talk for a local Microsoft conference, it got accepted, but, as luck would have it the conference got rescheduled twice due to Corona.
Right now I’m trying to find ideas (time and will as well) to get back in the game and speak at some online meetups, preferably on testing relegated topics.
From what I’ve noticed, talking about topics derived from personal experience works best. On the personal side, that is my favourite kind of talks to listen to, in general. But I think you got to strike a balance between just ranting about personal opinions and such, and offer some beneficial advice to the audience.
I’d love to hear for others from the community about your speaking experiences, tips & tricks, etc.