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    Christiaan Conover


    As a podcaster and occasional radio guest myself, I’ve found that the experience of that content format has made me a better public speaker. If you’re passionate about a topic and can speak as an informed and well-versed member of a community & industry (as I know you are & can, since I’m an avid TWiG listener) then I find the easiest way to publicly speak is to imagine you’re doing a show. It sounds trite and cliche, but if you simply picture your comfort zone of TWiG and how you converse on there, the comfort of public speaking will follow: it’s no different – in fact, the only difference is that you can see the audience.

    The thing to remember is this: the people in the audience came to hear what you have to say. Whether or not you’re the headline personality is irrelevant. You’re part of the program, you’re respected in your field, and people will ignore (not understand, INGORE) if you stumble here and there. As long as you come across as knowledgeable and researched, and as somebody who has intelligent and valuable insight to share, they’ll latch onto the message rather than any imperfections in your presentation. As you yourself have said on TWiG: a trip-up here and there makes somebody more relatable and likeable. Why do you think people love TWiG so much? It’s not because you guys are rehearsed and go off of copy. It’s because you’re genuine, likeable, and intelligent. People (especially the people at tech conferences) are intelligent enough to perceive that.

    As someone who, until I started doing shows, has always struggled with public speaking I totally understand any apprehension or nervousness you may experience. The thing that allows me to relax and now enjoy it is: they WANT to hear what you have to say.

    The synopsis of your talk is really interesting, and I look forward to watching your presentation later on when I have some time to fully absorb & digest it. Keep up the fantastic work, I’m a huge ThinkUp fan and am inspired by your work.

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    Robert Bigelow

    Thank you for sharing this.

    My favorite – and rather eccentric – way of explaining open source is an analogy to getting an automobile – absolutely FREE – that comes with it’s own set of plans and specifications for the open source person to improve upon the automobile or build a completely new one and share the results with the open source community.

    Have a good weekend. Robert.

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