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Public Speaking Workshop - Getting comfortable on stage

Code and Supply Workspace 5648 Friendship Ave, 3rd Floor , Pittsburgh, PA (map)

Part 2 - Getting comfortable on stage

Getting up in front of an audience can be scary even when you have material prepared. Long-time speakers with years of experience sometimes still get nervous before taking the stage. This session will cover tips for feeling prepared and comfortable when you hit the stage, how to ease your nerves, and how to look confident and calm during your talk, even if you don’t feel that way.

Each participant should come prepared to give a short 2-4 minute talk in front of the rest of the group*. We’ll take turns being on stage for some practice and personalized tips on how to pull off your style of stage confidence.

In this two-hour session we’ll cover:

• Practice speaking in front of a small group

• Tips on how to look like a pro on stage but still be yourself

• A handy checklist for being prepared to take the stage and be ready for anything

• The tech, wardrobe, and other knowhow you need to be ready for anything before you get on stage

* This short "presentation" can be anything you’d like. A funny story about your pet, or a favourite childhood experience, or something similar will do. This can be something you’ve prepared ahead of time or not, whichever is most comfortable for you.

All participants in Girl Develop It events are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Your Instructor: Val Head

Val Head is an author and web animation expert. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation on Rosenfeld Media and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter. She took her first steps in speaking at meetups five years ago and now gets invited to speak or keynote at web design conferences around the world.

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