It was my first ever public speaking gig (if you ignore some sales presentations) and I’m delighted by how well it went. The talk was a ten minute powerpoint introduction and then 45 mins of live coding – this was pretty taxing – finishing off with a 30 min Q+A.
The powerpoint bit was a breeze and the coding went OK because I’d run through the whole thing on a number of occasions to prepare. I did wobble at one point when I got an error but it turned out that I’d saved a file to the wrong place.
I got some great feedback from Ed Mitchell, the guy running the show, and according to him the audience was paying very close attention to everything I was doing; so at least I didn’t bore them.
I also got to meet a few underscore regulars including Rick Hurst, Andy Gale, Dan Hilton and Oliver Humpage (who also works at the Watershed as a techie) and the evening was finished off by getting pretty messy with Ed, Toby Roal and Dan Dixon who all seem like good eggs.
For those of you interested here are the following things I used in my presentation: