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My first tech talk: The Aftermath

So I gave my first tech talk a little under a week ago. I thought I was terrible. Now that I have had time to sit and think about how it happened. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Here, let's re-live that talk together.

The topic of the night: JavaScript Frameworks TL;DR at DCJS. User group meetups like DCJS are great because you can learn about a language/tool from people who use it every day. So on this particular night, everyone was going to get a crash course in some JS frameworks. AWESOME!

Start time: Approximately 7:06 PM EST. I go through my talk slide by slide. Some of the slides I had to talk off of by memory because I didn't have my presenter notes in front of me. It is almost as if technology (especially displays) figures out that its time to do whatever quirky shit that could happen. It's cool though, I faked it until I made it through my intro.


So I talk about my first two topics at hand. AngularJS and Angular 4. Again, notes weren't the best so I went through my talk as authoritative as possible. I felt the stutters and the missteps. I thought I didn't recover from them. Talk some more about both Angular frameworks and hope that I am getting through to someone...anyone.

Time 7:12. I thought to myself "oh wow, I definitely could have used more content on both frameworks. Or the curse of my fast tongue got a hold of me on this section. It's only nerves, I can overcome this! Okay, slow this down and hopefully I will walk through everything by 7:30.

So I review the React material. Then before I knew it, I was talking about Ember.js. The  framework that I was dreading to discuss because to me, it looks very convoluted. Thankfully, I am not alone in that regard because as helpful and scalable as it appears, there is a lot of pieces going on that takes a while for someone new to Ember to digest.

Now I am at 7:16 with only Vue.js to discuss. I feel like I barreled through everything, but the TL;DR was in the title, so I just went for the grand finale. Everyone claps. Unlike Jeb Bush, I didn't have to say "please clap"

Then the questions. I go through them as best as I can. I say "I don't know" when the situation fits. I don't want to lie to the people. 10/10 for not shivering at the front of the room.

And just like that, it was over.

After all this, I will say that if you are new to the code/programming community, go ahead and give a talk! You don't have to know everything (I did it, and I sure don't know everything about what I talked about), but it was a great way for me to learn how to explain tech without using jargon. LEVELING UP SLOWLY BUT SURELY! 13/10 would do again.

One month later