Data & Analytics Wednesday Sydney Speaker Pack
So you want to speak at our event. First of all, thanks so much for volunteering. We’re building a great little community within our industry and its through people sharing their knowledge that we all grow. You’ll get priceless exposure to the digital analytics community which very regularly results in offers of work, collaboration and help.
Our event is quite informal. We have a couple of under 30 minute talks and quite a bit of time to socialise and chat. Drinks are free, people talk and discuss, interjections and questions within talks are common.
Some speakers use slides, some talk off the cuff, others live demo the cool thing they’re describing. That’s up to you.
Aim for about 15-20 minutes of material to allow for questions and discussion. The audience will be very interactive and it's an informal environment so expect questions and interruptions.
Not everyone can be an accomplished, engaging and relaxed speaker in front of an audience. In fact, the only way to get to that state is to do lots and lots talks just like this one, to build up confidence and take on the skills. Data & Analytics Wednesday is a relaxed affair with a friendly audience, so it will be a gentle introduction if you’re new to this.
This site is packed with excellent advice on public speaking: http://speaking.io/
If you’re struggling with preparation, make contact with the organisers and we can help.
We try to keep it relatively non-commercial where possible. You'll get amazing exposure to really good people, so you can expect to get plenty of leads from your talk regardless, so keep the explicit plugs to a minimum.
Data & Analytics Wednesday is an inclusive event, so please be careful with the material you use or discuss. Porn, sexist imagery or talk and racism are not on. If you have any doubts, contact the organisers before you talk.
The event starts reasonably promptly at 18:30 on the second Wednesday each month. Best to get there a few minutes early to test out your equipment and get yourself a drink.
We try to keep talks to about half an hour, including questions, though don’t feel pressured to wrap up questions if there’s a lively discussion going. I’ll give you a signal when we reach the 20 minute mark, which means you should wrap up your prepared part. If your talk needs to work outside these times, let the organisers know and we can work something out.
Computer input: HDMI at ordinary resolutions including 1920x1080 (HD).
Internet access: Bring your phone and tether.
Slides: bring your own computer or send your slides through (PDF preferred) ahead of the event. Best to send a PDF copy ahead of time anyway in case of problems with your computer. Keep the important parts of your slides in the top half as the audience up the back of the room can’t really see the bottom that well.