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Thoughts on giving my first tech talk

On may 25th, I had the opportunity of giving my first ever talk during the event Python Dominicana 059. I had been interested in sharing with the community for quite some time, but the opportunity finally presented itself when Leonardo -the leader of our local software development communities- suggested a talk on Python or Django.

Leo proposes a talk!

I immediately felt the rush to decline until I stopped myself and thought: “Hey, why not?”, and promptly agreed to do so. Despite my interest in public speaking due to my admiration for great speakers and stand-up comedians, I’m a person that naturally shies away from the limelight, so just by making the decision to share my knowledge, I already felt myself learning from the experience.

For the next few weeks, I started reading about “content and delivery” and watching conferences from Django Migration’s creator Andrew Goodwin, jotting notes and quite frankly, learning way more than I could have imagined.

Fast forward to the event itself, it was so much fun. We had a low turn-out which was perfect because it helped the few us there have a conversational tone and focus strictly on the topics that interested the group the most, while at the same time, being more manageable to me.

Man, I can’t wait to do it again.