On this special episode, Eric Meyer, Jeffrey Zeldman and I discuss the premiere web and UX design conference they started over a decade ago. We talk about the game-changing innovations that have come out of An Event Apart, as well as what to expect at the very first Denver appearance on December 11-13, 2017.
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It’s conference season and we’ve Una Kravets and Krystal Higgins from An Event Apart Seattle on to talk about how they got into their “things” – the stuff they talk about, why they picked that topic, what to do if other people hop on your thing, and ideas to start giving talks at conferences.
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9:10 Summary of Krystal’s talk “The Joy of Optimizing” talk at An Event Apart Seattle
14:10 How did Krystal learn about on-boarding and dive in to it?
17:20 Can a good app still survive even with bad on-boarding?
19:10 Dave walks into a bar and signs up for Snapchat.
22:01 How do you rate a good or bad on-boarding experience?
26:30 How do you get invited to talk at conferences?
33:40 How does Krystal’s involvement with Android Wear relate to on-boarding?
35:30 Chris tries on a HTC Vive
44:01 What happens if somebody starts treading on your thing?
47:40 If too many people have the same thing, does it create too much noise around it?
50:50 What if no one is interested in your thing?
52:07 3 things to look for in a conference talk.
55:05 Chris’ low-fi way to test out a talk idea.
Mike invites Nina Alter to the studio to discuss whether Codes of Conduct are effective measures against harassment.
“The key is sincerity.”
In this interview, Jeremy Keith talks to us about his experience in public speaking, how he runs conferences, and much more. He gives us advice on how to stand out and how to create an influential voice. Jeremy Keith is a designer, developer, writer and speaker. He is co-founder of Clearleft, a design and development agency based out of Brighton, England. Jeremy is a web standards advocate and prominent figure in the web design community.
There are a lot of balls to juggle when running an event or conference: how does one get started? Ari Stiles and Christopher Schmitt of Environments for Humans gives us an in-depth look at in-person AND online conferences. They discuss how they got started, choosing topics and speakers, as well as sales, budgets, promotions and contingency planning.
Let’s talk public speaking in a foreign country on this episode of the Ladies in Tech podcast!
Designer, Yesenia Perez-Cruz, joins us after her recent trip to Brazil, where she explains some of the adjustments she made for speaking to an international audience. We’ll also talk about prepping for your conference talk and how to know if your idea for a talk is a good one.
Yesenia is senior designer at Happy Cog in Philadelphia, where she creates beautiful, functional design systems for clients like MTV, Zappos, and Iron Chef Jose Garces. She teaches for GirlDevelopit, and has spoken at conferences like Artifact, Blend, and SXSW.
Jonathan Snook joins us and talks about SMACSS, writing, workshops and more! Listen to hear about how Jonathan took an idea and expanded that idea into a book and series of workshops. Also find out his take on how to keep material fresh and interesting when you repeat information for different groups of people. To round things out, we’ll also ask Jonathan to tell us about when things at a conference went way unexpected and how he came out of that unscathed.
Sarah and Josh call for a bit of reform in our industry’s conference circuit.
Ever wonder what it’s like to run a workshop? Speaking all day comes with a new set of rewards and challenges, find out more about those as Stacey Mulcahy joins us on the podcast. We’ll talk about how public speaking differs between all day workshops versus an hour-long talk. We’ll also talk about what makes a workshop successful, how to plan one, and how to come up with topics to speak about.
Stacey Mulcahy is a Microsoft Technology Evangelist for Windows 8. She’s also really into physical computing – working with the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and the Arduino.
Stacey has spoken at over 45 events on a variety of topics that range from technical to workflow and process. Stacey has spoken at conferences like FITC in Toronto, Vancouver and Amsterdam, Reasons to be Creative, and Halifax Pop Explosion.
This week we welcome freelance UX consultant, Jenn Downs to the show. Jenn shares what she’s learned since her first talk and how she got started speaking. (She even wrote an article about it, too.) She tells us how important it is to watch yourself on video even if it sounds like the hardest thing ever, and how she got over her fear of public speaking to get up on stage.
For the past 6 years, Jenn Downs swung her way through the jungle at MailChimp from support to tech writing to UX Design Research. But in January of 2014 she was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and left MailChimp to start a family business. She is now the Business/Tech Manager for Carpenter Koby Downs in Atlanta. Never one to only do one thing at a time, Jenn is also a freelance UX and email marketing consultant and a mentor for Code for America. Outside of being web nerd, Jenn is also a songwriter and plays bass and guitar in a few bands in Atlanta.
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