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Blogs· 4min July 19, 2023
Patrycja, Artur and Marcin are engineers at Form3 and some of our most accomplished speakers. They join us to discuss their motivations for taking up the challenge of becoming conference speakers, tell us how to find events to speak at and share their best advice for preparing engaging talks. They offer advice for new and experienced speakers alike.
Patrycja Wegrzynowicz is Lead SRE Engineer at Form3. She works on reliability and performance of UK payments. She has a wealth of experience, having been a professional software engineer for over 20 years. Her main area of expertise lies in Java, C++, security and performance tuning.
Our panel has a very extensive experience speaking at a variety of technical events. They share their main motivations to attending events and taking the stage:
While virtual events have a more global audience, it is harder to engage the audience as a presenter when you are not standing in front of them. It's harder to read how your talk is received if you are not in the physical room as your listeners. If possible, try to attend events in person wherever possible.
Online only events require special, separate preparation from in-person events, often requiring speakers to pre-record their talks. This can be a time-consuming process that you should not underestimate. Engaging with an online-only audience requires a completely different skillset than presenting on stage. However, as online events have the potential to reach a larger audience, it is definitely something that speakers should cultivate.
Now that we have established the benefits of speaking at and attending conferences, our speakers share how to find events to pitch their ideas/talk suggestions at:
The key to a successful talk lies in the preparation. Our guests share some of their best tips for preparing:
Most importantly, be energetic, passionate and exciting. Remember that you are there to share what you know and the audience is there to support you! Let your personality shine through.
Finally, our wonderful speaker panel shares which events you can expect to meet them at this year:
Adelina is a polyglot engineer and developer relations professional, with a decade of technical experience at multiple startups in London. She started her career as a Java backend engineer, converted later to Go, and then transitioned to a full-time developer relations role. She has published multiple online courses about Go on the LinkedIn Learning platform, helping thousands of developers up-skill with Go. She has a passion for public speaking, having presented on cloud architectures at major European conferences. Adelina holds an MSc. Mathematical Modelling and Computing degree.
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