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Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

As companies recognize the need for accessible software on the web, conference speakers like Adrián are finding more opportunities to spread the word. After speaking at local several meetups, Adrián started applying to conferences and has now been a speaker at 4 international gatherings. One of my favorite parts about speaking is the same as Adrián’s: meeting people from around the world.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

It’s no surprise that many tech conference speakers are also involved or helping organize local meetup groups. My guest this week - JC Hiatt - actually runs three of them, and this year he organized his first conference. In addition, JC works as a software engineer and is on track to speak at several conferences in the upcoming year. JC has some great tips for speakers - from both an organizer’s and speaker’s perspective.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

At 23 years old, most software developers are just happy landing their first job, but for Tae’lur, that wasn’t enough. A self-taught developer and technical writer, Tae’lur has used her gift for breaking down complex topics to inspire and teach other aspiring developers across the world. Just two years ago, she was working at a minimum wage fast-food job, and now she’s been accepted to speak at 8 tech conferences about topics ranging from her journey to VR development in React. Not many stories out there are as inspiring at Tae’lur’s, so read on and hear what she’s learned along the way.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

Many technical leads that I’ve spoken to don’t realize how much knowledge they have that others do not. It’s easy when you spend every day working with caching in Ruby, for example, to forget that most devs never get the chance to do what you do. Like Molly, many speakers realize that their unique knowledge is worth sharing, and start getting on stage. In this interview, we talked about Molly’s journey and some of her advice for new speakers.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

I find that a lot of speakers are passionate about the topics they espouse, but not many have as important a topic as Eva PenzeyMoog. I had never thought about the role technology plays in domestic violence until hearing about Eva’s work, and Eva has made it her mission to make sure everyone knows about this problem. Her journey into public speaking grew out of her desire to improve the world around her and promote “designing for inclusive safety,” so I hope you’ll be inspired by her story and get involved in something you’re passionate about as well.

Note: If you want to support Eva’s work, she has a Patreon page which will help her speak at more conferences and events.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

I love reading stories about speakers who went from sweaty, nervous messes to confident, capable speakers, and Rizwan’s is one such story. Of course, transformations like this don’t happen overnight, so don’t worry if speaking takes time and doesn’t come naturally to you. As Rizwan shows, sticking with it, and improving over time can help anyone get on stage.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

Like many speakers I’ve interviewed, Mike Miles understands that working in technology is about much more than just writing code. While he has done plenty of that, Mike started speaking to raise his confidence and force himself to learn something new. Now, in addition to speaking at dozens of conferences, Mike hosts a podcast called Developing Up, which covers a wide range of non-technical topics for software developers. We spoke about some of the advantages of public speaking for your career on the show, but in this interview, Mike goes into some of his tips and the opportunities that speaking has afforded him as well.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

While Bailey has been practicing public speaking her whole life, she was drawn to speak at tech conferences after seeing so many design and development teams struggle to put their message online. One thing I love about speaking is getting to attend conferences and hear other talks - especially from subject-matter experts who are truly passionate about their craft. Bailey is one of those passionate people, and I’m excited to bring you her story here today.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

Like many technology professionals, Gant Laborde didn’t instantly take to speaking. It took time, hard work, and lots of practice for Gant to get comfortable in front of a crowd, but fortunately he stuck with it. He’s now spoken at over 50 conferences, and made himself an integral part of the tech conference community. Keep reading to learn more about how Gant got started, what he recommends for new speakers, and some of the influencers that inspired him to continue his journey.

Technology conference speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. At CFP Land, we highlight different speakers every week in our Speaker’s Story blog posts.

Tejas Kumar has dealt with haemophilia his whole life, but despite his disease preventing him from completing a traditional computer science education, he’s used his self-taught knowledge and communication skills to achieve success as a developer. Now, as a tech conference speaker, he’s giving back to other developers by passing on what he knows. Looking through Tejas’ social profiles, you’ll see that he doesn’t take himself too seriously, but his informal, casual tone is part of what makes him a unique and interesting speaker.

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