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The Elements of a Good Conference Talk

Recent­ly on Twit­ter a few peo­ple, myself includ­ed, had a short con­ver­sa­tion about what we like to see in con­fer­ence talks, prompt­ed by Sara Souei­dan’s ques­tion:

I’ve been wast­ing a lot of time late­ly try­ing to decide which talk top­ic to do at which con­fer­ence. Any tips, fel­low speakers?

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The European speaking tour

The sec­ond con­fer­ence sea­son is com­ing up, and I’ve got a lot of speak­ing engage­ments in the next few months. My plan is to cut back on speak­ing in 2014 to put more empha­sis on mak­ing things again — although I’m always open to inter­est­ing offers. But before I cut back, here’s my schedule:

First I’m very hap­py and proud to be speak­ing at the first CSSconf.eu, on 13 Sep­tem­ber in Berlin. I’ll be talk­ing about Web Com­po­nents, with an empha­sis on the role that CSS plays. Tick­ets are €399 and are sell­ing fast.

A few weeks lat­er, on 24 Sep­tem­ber, I’ll be in Bucharest for the first SmartWeb Con­fer­ence, where I’ll also be talk­ing Web Com­po­nents. Tick­ets are €150 until the end of August, €175 after.

I’ve pen­cilled in anoth­er talk for the fol­low­ing week­end, but as that’s not been announced yet I’ll gloss over it for now.

On 12 Octo­ber I’m off to Stock­holm for Leet­s­peak, where I’ll be talk­ing about the future of CSS. Tick­et details are not avail­able yet.

My final talk for the year (I think) will be on 23–24 Octo­ber in Oslo, at Mak­ing Web, where I’ll be talk­ing about CSS lay­outs. Tick­ets are 6,000 Kro­ne if you book before 15 August, 6,500 after.

Speaking at CSS Day, and a FoWD reminder

I’m extreme­ly hap­py to announce that I’ve been asked to speak at CSS Day, a one-day event in June that explores CSS in advanced detail, in the com­pa­ny of an array of amaz­ing speak­ers: Lea Ver­ou, Eric Mey­er, Bert Bos, Tab Atkins, Divya Man­ian, Stephen Hay, and Daniel Glaz­man. Wow.

I’ll be dis­cussing the intri­ca­cies and secrets of the Ani­ma­tions and Tran­si­tions mod­ules, while each of the oth­er speak­ers will also cov­er a sin­gle top­ic in great detail. It promis­es to be a real­ly good day. Tick­ets cost €250 (plus 21 per­cent tax).

The day before CSS Day there are also two work­shops: Eric Mey­er will explain the basics of each of the mod­ules to be explained the fol­low­ing day, in case you’re wor­ried about not being able to fol­low some of the talks, while I’ll be teach­ing Respon­sive Web Design tech­niques and approach­es. Tick­ets for each work­shop cost €300 (plus tax).

And just a reminder that I’ll be speak­ing at Future of Web Design in Lon­don in May, where I’ll also be giv­ing a one-day work­shop on CSS3 the day before. If you book now you get the work­shop plus two days of con­fer­ence for only ÂŁ595 (plus tax).

Speaking at Future of Web Design in Prague

I’m very proud to have been asked to present at the first Future of Web Design in Prague, Czech Repub­lic, lat­er this month. I’ll be giv­ing a one-day work­shop, called CSS3 Mas­ter Class, then pre­sent­ing a talk with the title CSS3 Lay­outs for the Mul­ti-screen World in the Design track the fol­low­ing day.

If you fan­cy see­ing a great line-up of local and inter­na­tion­al speak­ers in the beau­ti­ful city of Prague you can get a 10% dis­count by using the code SPEAKER10 when you reg­is­ter; that’s almost €50 off a one-day tick­et, €90 off a two-day tick­et, and over €100 off the full work­shop and con­fer­ence tick­et. That should help con­vince your boss to pay for it. Hope to see some of you there.

Changes and opportunities

If you’ll par­don the indul­gence, I’d like to quick­ly dis­cuss a few per­son­al mat­ters. First is that I’ve mak­ing a change pro­fes­sion­al­ly and mov­ing on from my cur­rent employ­ers, Poke Lon­don. I’ve had some great expe­ri­ences work­ing here and built some sites I’m real­ly quite proud of — Poke’s own web­site not the least of them — with some of the most tal­ent­ed col­leagues it’s ever been my priv­i­lege to work with. Poke’s record speaks for itself and I was delight­ed to be a small part of it for the last 10 months.

But as of Tues­day next week I’ll be work­ing at Top10, help­ing the cur­rent­ly small team grow and devel­op from a start-up to an estab­lished dig­i­tal brand. What most attract­ed me about the move from agency to prod­uct is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be involved in evolv­ing and shap­ing, to analyse and iter­ate; as the song has it: per­for­mance, feed­back, revi­sion. The cur­rent Top10 team are a keen and clever bunch, and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with them.

Out­side of work, my book, The Book of CSS3, has been out for a few months now (and has been get­ting some real­ly pos­i­tive reviews), I’ve got some print and online mag­a­zine arti­cles planned for the near future, and an out­line is form­ing for my sec­ond book.

Lat­er this month I’ll be one of the instruc­tors at the forth­com­ing UX Boot­camp: Pro­to­typ­ing in Code work­shop. I real­ly enjoy help­ing, teach­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing my craft, so I’m real­ly hap­py to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do this.

Since the begin­ning of the year I’ve been giv­ing a series of talks at web devel­op­ment groups around Lon­don. I’m look­ing to do more speak­ing, so if you organ­ise or take part in any local web dev groups and you’re look­ing for speak­ers, please do let me know. There’s a full list of con­fer­ences I’ve talked at on Lanyrd, and you can see video and slides of my lat­est talk.

I don’t think I’ve ever been busier, or more excit­ed and ner­vous about what’s com­ing next!


I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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