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I was reading Simon Middlemiss' blog post on his experience of the developer day talks, and it made me smile.  In short he found that the three talks by the only three female speakers stood out to him better than the other 2 by the guys.  I am just wondering whether the girls are beginning to get better at tech talk or whether they are finally getting the recognition they deserve!  Either way it's all good!

On my side I am slowly getting to feel more comfortable talking on technical subjects, but I only ever choose areas that I have had experience of to talk in depth on.  I guess that is my own personal comfort zone.  I never used to feel comfortable doing public speaking but over the years have tried to get better at it.  I am hoping that it has paid off.  It was great to hear that Simon enjoyed the sessions and that I didn't look like a total ameteur with a lack of wifi. (grrrr... There was no way I was letting it put me off of getting my message across ;) )

I hope Helen and Joanna feel proud of standing out from their male counterparts!  You are both great and I'm glad that I wasn't the only female presenter this time round!  I hope that it sets a precident for more of the female developers to come forward and present sessions.  It's not as scary as people seem to think.  The audiences there are friendly and even when everything goes wrong with internet access they are patient and welcome new ideas, concepts and are willing to learn!

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2006 7:35 PM Geek Dinners , London Girl Geek Dinners , New Media | Back to top


Comments on this post: So were the female speakers really better than the male ones at DDD4?

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Well done Sarah!!!
Left by Sheamus on Dec 05, 2006 9:57 AM

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I didn't get the impression that Simon's comments about Joanna standing out were very positive :-)
Left by Oliver Sturm on Dec 05, 2006 2:51 PM

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I went to the Reflection talk by Joanna Carter... must say that her presentation style is a bit abrasive.

She started the talk with "I'm naturally gifted with OO Analysis + Design" then proceeded to tell a room full of C# and VB developers how Delphi has much better features.

The virtual constructor stuff was interesting, not the talk I was expecting though.
Left by Tristan on Dec 06, 2006 1:21 PM

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Sarah - life only gets really interesting after you've said yes. You shouldn't let your comfort zone hold you back. Go For It girl :-)
Left by Paul Foster on Dec 07, 2006 1:51 PM

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