How to choose a topic for a speech at an IT conference

How to choose a topic for a speech at an IT conference

There are times when you want to participate in a conference: to speak, to shine, and to communicate with smart people, but you can't choose a topic for your presentation. I have prepared four tips that will help you choose the idea for the report.

1. Write down ideas

Usually my brain starts working hard before I go to bed. In the half hour before I fall asleep, all sorts of crazy ideas come into my head. I used to think, I'll wake up in the morning and write them down. But, alas, by morning I had forgotten everything. Now I write things down right away, and I advise you to do the same. You have an idea, write it down at any time, your phone is always with you.

2. Put ideas to the test over time

Naturally, you won't necessarily perform with every idea you come up with. If it's been a week or two, and the idea still seems cool to you - then you need to work with it. 70-80% of the ideas that came to my mind and at first seemed super cool, a couple of days later saw a complete crap.

3. Look up existing ideas and presentations

Be sure to go online and see if there's been anything on your topic. This is very important, because there are a lot of the same materials. It can be a report from a past conference, an article on Habra, or any other content. If you speak on a topic that has been covered more fully elsewhere, you won't get a profit, and your listeners will waste their time.

On the other hand, you may see that the topic is not fully covered, gain new information for your talk, and then it becomes even more complete and interesting.

4. Remember yourself at the beginning of your technology immersion

Think back to when you started learning a new technology. You didn't know anything, everything was new to you, you were looking for any information, reading all the articles and books on the topic - it was all good for you. Now, after a while, it seems super easy. 

The most popular opinion I come across is, "I don't have anything to say, everybody knows it already, it's all easy." No, it's not, when you first started getting familiar with it, it was a whole ocean to swim across. And if after a few years the topic seems easy, it shows your professionalism, which means you have something to share. 

If the topic seems easy, it will be easy for you to explain and convey it to others. In IT sphere there are always people who start studying some technologies and for them it is very important to get high quality, up-to-date and complete information on the topic, moreover from Professionals and in the live communication. 

Let's talk about the main components of preparation

So, what the organizer needs to think about in advance, and in what chronological order:

  • When and where will the conference be held? Set a date and think about whether your office can accommodate the expected number of guests or whether you should look for another venue. It's best to decide on a venue six to seven weeks before the event.
  • Who are your speakers? Negotiate with people outside your company and confirm all candidates six weeks before the event.
  • Promotion in social networks. If the guests of the conference are not just employees of the company, you need to let other people know about you. It is advisable to start inviting participants four to five weeks prior to the proposed date.

What should be in a speaker's message:

  1. introduce yourself: write who you are and what organization you are from, attach a link to your corporate website - this way you save the interlocutor's time;
  2. state the gist of the matter: what the conference is about, when it will be, what you want from the person in this regard;
  3. finish the message with a question. For example, ask if he wants to meet and discuss the format of the presentation. Of course, this is worth doing if you are better at persuasion verbally;
  4. talk about how this person's performance will help your guests pump up their skills. Generally, people are pleased when there is attention and interest in their favorite cause.
  5. Write briefly. A couple of paragraphs in two or three sentences is enough.

So, think about the topic and see what conference you can expose it to.

Everything will be fine

If it doesn't go the way you planned, don't panic. I hope this set of tips will help you make a great event