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A 7-post collection

TechDays Netherlands 2017

In October 2017 I got the privilege to speak at my first Microsoft-organised conference in the Netherlands. It was 2 days (well, 3 days if you count travelling) of packed talks, meetings, interesting conversations and general geeking out. I've spoken about why you should attend these kind of events either as a speaker or attendee many times and this event definitely proved me right. Apart from the awesome talks that I had the chance to attend, I met with many Microsoft and non-Microsoft developers from around the world and got the chance to learn from them and expand my network …[read more]


Getting started with public speaking - the "soft" skills

In my previous post, we looked the what you need to be aware from the technology/hardware perspective in relation to public speaking. As per the Boy Scout's motto, you need to "Be Prepared" so hopefully you can use that post as a handy reference for when you need to deliver a talk. In this second post in the series, I'll focus on what you need to do as a speaker to improve your skills and enhance your chances of getting your submissions accepted. In the end, it's all about having fun while you share your passion and knowledge. However, …[read more]


Getting started with public speaking, a guide for technical people

Hello new and seasoned speakers! Let's start with a definition on public speaking: Public speaking Speaking at conferences, user groups or anytime you have to stand in front of people and talk about something in a structured way. And the Merriam Websterdictionary definition of Public Speaking: The act or process of making speeches in public The art of effective oral communication with an audience It's funny how context makes such a big difference. If you're at the pub/bar/coffee shop with friends/colleagues and the conversation happens to turn technical you could spend hours talking about a "technology, language, …[read more]


Speaking at FEConf 2017 - All about VS Code and JavaScript

This year I had the pleasure and privilege to be invited to speak at FEConf2017, a free, web-based conference devoted to Front End development and all things JavaScript. I took this opportunity to speak about one of the tools I love so much and one that I use daily for most of my coding - Visual Studio Code. My talk focused on how VS Code is a great (if not the best) text editor/IDE for working with JavaScript or TypeScript and I tried to showcase the excellent work that the core VS Code team and the community has done, …[read more]


DDD South West Retrospect

This is going to be a short post since I only managed to experience only part of the overall conference. Life and work commitments meant that I had to fly to Bristol later in the day, missing out on the speakers dinner. The dinner is way more than just food. In fact, I've noticed that I rarely pay any attention to the, otherwise tasty, food. That's because the speaker's dinner is an excellent opportunity to meet up with new speakers and catch up with old friends. These dinners also tend to run late in the night with the conversation moved …[read more]