All the Resources + Attributions.

Big thank you to the following sources for helping guide and inspire our speaker kit content.

  1. PolyglotVancouver Speaker’s Guide –– thank you for the inspiration

Other resources to reference in your speaker journey, whether it's just beginning or if you’re a seasoned speaking veteran.

  1. Elastic Meetup video playlist: collection of meetup talk recordings.
  2. our library for speaker presentation slides at Elastic events.
  3. Community Organizer Guide: our goal is to "level up" the local community's knowledge base, organizing or participating in a meetup group can be an incredibly rewarding way to contribute not only to the Elastic community, but also to the community in which you live or work.
  4. A standalone site by Holman (former GitHubber, prolific tech speaker). It's a living site, but is currently split into 5 categories of posts (talk planning [CFPs, outlines, finding conferences to speak at], slide design [color schemes, typography], prep for the day [ex: what to look for in the room you're in practicing talk, prepping for live demos], delivery [how to handle mistakes, dealing with nerves, using a remote], and react/reflect [including improvements, sharing the recording, etc]). This is great content, but keep in mind it reflects one person's experiences and perspective.
  5. How to prepare and write a conference talk: Part 1 of 2, has some great pieces like ideas for expanding talk topics, how to figure out talk length, and a really good section on storytelling with a ton o' external links.
  6. On conference speaking: A super-in-depth dive into one person's process. A lot of folks will do talk prep at a smaller scale, but there are a lot of pieces within his process that may be helpful (mind mapping, outlining, practicing, etc).
  7. How I create talks: Like the above, a super deep-dive into one person's process. Different tools are used, she focuses on iterations, and she's got some good time estimates (20–40 hours, head to tail, for the talk). Again, this exact process might not work for you, but there may be pieces of it that help as you find your own.
  8. Every Great Speaker Is a Fantastic Pauser — On Using Pauses and Silences in Public Speaking: Details different types of pauses and how to use them.
  9. What I learned from (co-)starting #speakerconfessions: Late July of 2017, a bunch of speakers weighed in on twitter — pre-speaking nerves, submitting talks as motivation to learn about the topics, opinions about Q&A after a talk. This blog post sums up some of the big themes and links back to a lot of the original content.

*These helpful steps may reference conference proposals, but they are almost identical for meetup talks –– minus the call for papers submission. Reach out to your local organizer through or email us at if you’re interested in speaking.

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