You Should Speak

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 – 11:45am


Have you ever thought about speaking at a conference, then come up with some excuse like "I don't know enough", "I'm scared of public speaking", or "I don't know where to apply"? Come to this talk to learn how to combine the open source tools and technolgies which solve all of those problems and more!


Have you ever wanted to speak at a conference, but not known whether you’re good enough or how to start? I was in the same situation 2 years ago, but since then I’ve given over a dozen talks at a variety of different tech conferences. As well as testing and refining my own solutions to the challenges that face new speakers, I’ve learned what works and doesn’t work for others.

This talk will share solutions, often in the form of open-source tools, to many of the problems which aspiring speakers encounter, including:

  • Overcoming fear of public speaking
  • Choosing a topic to talk about
  • Finding the right conference for your topic
  • Marketing a talk proposal with a convincing abstract
  • Finding open-source presentation software that fits your needs
  • Designing powerful slides

These tricks will be helpful for experienced presenters looking to learn new skills, as well as novice speakers who need some help getting started.


speaking, conferences, slides, presentations, tutorial

Speaking experience

I've spoken at SCALE, OSCON, SeaGL, and LinuxFest Northwest, and more. A full list of my talks, with links to recordings and slides where available, is at .

This particular talk will be brand new for OSBridge :)


  • Biography

    Emily is a fourth-year Computer Science student at Oregon State University. She’s president of the OSU Linux Users Group, founder of the DevOps Bootcamp program for training students and community members in open source coding and systems administration skills, and a part-time systems engineer at the OSU Open Source Lab. In the past, she’s been a teaching assistant for introductory CS courses, a software developer at the OSL, an intern at Intel, and the captain of a robotics team.