Caution: nerdliness ahead. Proceed at your own risk.
I’m good at writing. But I’m terrible at speaking, heck, even conversing, in person.
I chalk it up to being homeschooled. Homeschooling is good for a lot of things, but social interaction is not one of them.
A few months ago, in an effort to improve on that front, I decided to step out and try my hand at public speaking; I started giving talks on technology to various software groups. Which works out well, because the audience is full of introverted programmer nerds who, like me, can’t really hold a conversation. We’re equals in our conversational suckiness.
So, a few weeks ago I gave a talk to one of the largest developer groups in Minnesota, Twin Cities Code Camp. It was a blast! And I think it went really well.
Just prior to the talk, I was interviewed for short few minutes about my talk. I just found out they put it up on YouTube. It’s funny watching yourself talk; kind of embarrassing seeing how many times I say, “um..” Gonna have to work on that. Amusing, anyways: