Scott Hanselman

VIDEO: How to get started with technical public speaking!

January 26, '17 Comments [9] Posted in Musings
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On .NET is a weekly chat with team members from the .NET team at Microsoft. This week we put together something a little different, and honestly, I think it not only went really well, but I think it's an hour that provides a lot of value that goes well beyond .NET or any technology.


We put together a panel of folks at different points in their technical careers. Some just starting to speak publicly and some who've been doing it for 20+ years. Some introverts, some extroverts. Some with speaking or theater experience, others with none. And we talked!

We chatted about how to get started, where you can learn to speak on technical topics, how to form a story arc, how to best utilize your gifts, when to be critical and when to breathe.

It was great fun and included myself, Kendra Havens, Maria Naggaga Nakanwagi, Kasey Uhlenhuth, and Donovan Brown. You can view or download it here on Channel 9, or you can watch it on YouTube embedded below.

Let us know if this kind of content is useful, and if you want to see more in the future.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:07:50 PM UTC
This is a great post Scott. Are you familiar with ToastMasters?
Great public speaking group, that has helped me alot..
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:54:19 PM UTC
Is there anywhere where we can see Donovan Brown's talk about "fear setting in" that he references in this?
Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:07:21 PM UTC
I wasn't familiar with Kasey, Donovan or Kendra before. Sounds like I have some new people to follow. Thanks for introducing them to us!
John Dunagan
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:36:46 AM UTC
So Scott, I think you guys diagressed a little when an important question about whether people people believe they'd degrade their coding abilities in the pursuit of being better public speakers. That's actually my number one fear. Please answer.
Raj Mohan
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:06:19 PM UTC
Very very fun!!! I enjoyed it a lot! Tks!
Monday, January 30, 2017 7:25:19 PM UTC
Is there anywhere where we can see Donovan Brown's talk about "fear setting in" that he quotes references in this?
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:22:02 PM UTC
Everyone is oozing with talent. Great showcase for Microsoft.
Robert Salita
Friday, February 03, 2017 6:36:04 PM UTC
Public speaking is very hard, especially for introverts like me. The weird thing is that when I'm with someone, I can explain everything right, but when I have to make a presentation in front of everybody, I forget everything I have to say.
But I know the importance of this skill for my career and will work on it.

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