On Conference Speaking: “There is nothing I have to say that would interest people”

Chris & Sean Agile
Jan 30, 2017 · 1 min read

by Chris Edwards

A couple of years ago my good friend Sean Dunn pushed me out of my comfort zone and got me into public speaking. Ever since then I’ve been eager to pay it forward and encourage others to speak.

The same reason I hear from every person I suggest should speak is:

“There is nothing I have to say that would interest people”

Here is why that is simply not true.

The best talks I’ve ever gone to our based on people’s experience. As Steve Denning tells it, stories are the only effective way to change someone’s mind. He’s written several books on the subject.

Assume you believe me, then your next response is likely:

“Nothing exciting has happened to me. I don’t have any stories to tell”

Let me attempt to change your mind.

I’ve got a time machine that can take you to meet yourself two years ago. What is the biggest piece of advice that you would give yourself? What story could you tell to make your point?

I can guarantee you that there are many other people out there that could benefit from your story.

If you’re convinced, I encourage you to tell it to the world. Write a blog. Speak at your local user group. Submit to talk at a conference.

If you like help, I’m eager to pay it forward. Leave a note below, or contact me on Twitter and let me know how I can help.

Chris & Sean Agile

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Agile philosophers, programmers, and fathers. Musings on leadership, lean product management and technology. http://www.chrisandseanagile.com

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