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Zach Leatherman

A Hypocrite’s Guide to Public Speaking

September 06, 2015 Watch in 17 minutes

Speaking at Barcamp in Omaha has turned into something of a tradition for me. Even though we’ve been busy with a new baby and getting our house ready to sell, I made the foolhardy decision to keep the tradition alive this year.

I love Barcamp because there is a palpable, scrappy energy to the unconference format, and you can experiment with things you wouldn’t do at a more traditional conference. In that vein, I decided to take a risk—instead of giving a normal talk with normal slides and normal speaking, I thought that it would be fun to experiment in something that was almost performance art.

I crafted a presentation about public speaking in which I didn't say a single word aloud. In fact, I purposefully did the opposite of many of the best practices I knew about public speaking, including but not limited to the 10 tips outlined in the talk. Thus, the title "A Hypocrite’s Guide to Public Speaking."

The web-based presentation tool I used was created explicitly for this talk (you may recognize BigText) and it allowed me to do a few special things (break the rules) in a way that would have been much more difficult with traditional presentation software like Apple’s Keynote. I don't think I'll give away any more than that, have a look at the video below.

Barcamp Omaha 2015 — Zach Leatherman on A Hypocrite’s Guide to Public Speaking.

There is an additional separate video that contains the Q&A from the talk. Sorry—some of the questions may be inaudible.

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Zach is a builder for the web with Netlify. He created the Eleventy static site generator and is still fixated on web fonts. His public speaking résumé includes talks in eight different countries at events like Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. He is an emeritus of Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and still helps out with NebraskaJS. Read more about Zach »

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4 Replies
  1. Zach Leatherman

    Zach Leatherman @zachleat #

    Well, dang, thanks again. 😊

  2. Ryan No Seriously Wear a Mask Boone

    Ryan No Seriously Wear a Mask Boone @therealboone #

    That is pretty freaking amazing, and inspirational to a noob speaker like myself.

  3. Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan @SaraSoueidan #

    Thank you, Zach <3

  1. Alessandra Pereyra Disqus

    10 Sep 2015 at 10:00PM
    I'd love to have access to that custom built presentation tool. And would pay for it as well :)
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