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Do I need to write a brand new talk every time?

New presenters often feel that they need to write a brand-new talk for each conference they are invited to. Unless your job is giving presentations, or you are being paid very well for each talk you give, it is unlikely that you will be able to keep this up if you do more than a couple of talks per year. In this article Rachel shares some tips for reusing material and creating talks of different lengths.

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Socks

Import your Lanyrd events

We really loved Lanyrd as a site for logging the events and conferences we were attending and speaking it. As a conference speaker, much of the content you’ve spent time curating in Lanyrd has crossover with the sort of thing you’d want to store in Notist. As it’s no longer possible to log in to Lanyrd, we’ve fast-tracked a tool to help you grab your data.

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Slide deck

How to write a talk

I’m often asked how I put together my talks. How do I get past the blank page and make a start on a deck that might contain well over 100 individual slides? I usually start by asking myself a few questions. The main one being - what do I hope the audience will learn? Following on from that I consider which examples will best demonstrate that point.

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Wearing a lanyard on stage

Take off your name badge!

One of the very early piece of advice I was given when I started out speaking at conferences has stuck with me the whole way though. It’s so simple and yet I see countless speakers at conference who either have never been told this, or with the many things you need to think about before going on stage, just forget. Speakers - remove your name badge!

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Crowds gathering

Welcome to the Notist blog

When Rachel and I decided to build Notist, we did so out of a need for better tools to support public speakers. We both speak at web design and development conferences (me sometimes, her constantly) and were frustrated with the state of the tools available to us. We figured that if we were frustrated, then others would be too.

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What’s this?

This is the blog post from Notist, a site for public speakers to share slides and build their speaking portfolio.