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Practical Tips for Talking at Usergroups and Conferences Part 1

Since becoming a Pluralsight author in July 2014, I have been working toward increasing my own personal brand. Part of this has been about getting out into the programming community and talking at User groups. I did my first talk in January of this year and have since done many talks. I was initially quite nervous about public speaking but I have enjoyed the process very much and I intend to increase the amount of talks I do in 2016.

Stephen Haunts talking at the Leeds Sharp Usergroup

Stephen Haunts talking at the Leeds Sharp Usergroup

I have learnt many things along the way whilst preparing and delivering talks so I thought I would write this post to talk about what I have learnt. If you have experience in this area and also have your own tips from public speaking it would be great to hear them in the comments for this post.

I have split this into two posts. Tips for before you deliver your talk, and the actual delivery itself.

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Has This Blog Been Abandoned?

This Is Not An Abandoned Blog

This Is Not An Abandoned Blog

I have had a few emails from readers of this blog over the last week asking if it has been abandoned. The answer is No. I was off work for a month after having surgery and then on my return to work I was pretty snowed under, but I am definitely continuing to write posts.  I am currently half way through my next large article on Service Oriented Architecture Design and will have that posted over the next month.

In the mean time, thank you to everyone that reads this blog regularly. Over the past 3 months, traffic has been rising quite a lot, far more than I ever anticipated, so I will definitely be continuing with it. I have lots of interesting posts in the pipeline, as well as expanding the training section.

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The Obligatory First Post

Wow, this is the first post!! It feels a little empty around here at the moment. My name is Stephen Haunts and I am a software developer currently working in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. I have decided to start this site as a way of capturing some of my ideas and sharing them with the world.

I mainly work in C# and .NET. This is because that is what my job requires, so I will tend to bias towards the Microsoft Development Stack when talking about actual software development. I also enjoy working with .NET; it is a fun system to write software with.

I don’t intend to just talk about code. This site covers more of the architectural aspects of enterprise software development. Most of these ideas can sit above the actual language and implementation details.

I have ideas for different series of articles that revolve around ideas that I have been thinking a lot about recently. As a little hint to what is to follow, some of these themes are around applications system monitoring, PCI DSS, Zero Downtime deployment models, Agile/Lean development and software development leadership.

I hope you find the content enjoyable, interesting and thought-provoking. Please subscribe to the blog using the subscription widget to the right of the screen. You can also use the sites RSS feed in your favourite news reader. Also, please comment and contribute to the articles if you feel you have something to say. I don’t expect you to agree with everything I say, but the initial articles serve as the starting point of the subject. They can be extended much further by your contribution to the conversation.

Well, that’s the obligatory first post out-of-the-way. That wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

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