Like many of you I spend most of my time (and my living) sitting behind a computer and writing things with my hot little hands. I love the work that I do and I get to spend a lot of my time with a great team, which makes it all the better.
On occasion I get invited to speak publicly, keynote events, and share my opinions about certain topics – I’m still baffled that anyone cares to invite me in the first place as there are many more professional speakers out there that can do a much better job than I. I’m equally baffled at times to why I accept these invitations as well, but that’s another story.
But I am interested in getting better and although I don’t have any great tips for anyone on how to become a better communicator I have realized that the best thing I’ve done is just speak honestly and truthfully about the topic at hand. You would think this should be obvious but it’s not as I’ve been tempted to alter my talk and how I present it because I thought it would be better received.
This is contrary to the reason why I was invited in the first place! They want my opinion from my mouth and not some fabricated half-ass attempt, right? Right.
Chris Lema, a much more seasoned presenter than myself, has shared recently some great tips on how to actually be a better presenter so his post is worth reviewing today or sometime this week.
Also, here are two great presentations via WP.tv that have elements of this and are great content to boot:
Amelia Briscoe: WordPress and Git
How to stop cowboy coding for good by using Git for WordPress development that can then be used on a live environment.
Ben May: Working with Massive WordPress Sites, Clients and Enterprise
Slow websites are bad and as websites grow in traffic, slow websites get slower. It’s often a wise move to invest a small amount of time in the early stages of a site’s life to think about performance and scaling. How you can work with larger sites when it comes to caching, file management (version control), SQL performance and front-end optimisation.
Have a great Sunday folks and awesome parties tomorrow!