Last week, I had the opportunity and privilege of speaking to the monthly meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Software Quality Association. It’s something that I’ve been looking forward to for a while, as this is the first time I’ve spoken to an audience that was primarily my professional peer group – that is, software testers.
Public speaking doesn’t come naturally to me – I’m usually quite nervous at the beginning, and have to actively work to moderate my pace. That being said, I keep doing it! Why?
One reason is, there are a lot of different ideas floating around in my head. When they coalesce, I have a significant need to get them out in some way, whether it’s a conversation at home or work, writing a blog post, or delivering a talk.
Another reason is, I’m hoping that it might help someone at a time when they maybe need some encouragement. We’ve all had difficult times in our lives, and sometimes a random video or speech can help start to move in a new and better direction.
Finally, going back to the nerves, because it’s good practice! Each time I do a talk, I get a bit more confident in being up in front of a bunch of people.