As we near the close of the submission process for Agile2021, we wanted to continue to build on our commitment to expand and attract content that is from a diverse range of speakers. One of those areas that we want to cultivate is folks who are new to public speaking.
Maybe you are like me from several years ago? I had never spoken in public, had anxiety about putting myself out there, and was worried that my ideas wouldn’t be good enough to appeal to a broad audience. I also had no clue how to get started!
As a new speaker, I was lucky to have advocates – folks who helped me understand the impact it would have on my career and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The result of doing this work has been clear – I am able to be more concise in delivering messages at work and it’s helped me achieve more than I was able to previously.
Reflecting on the impact that public speaking has had on me made me curious to see if there were others with the same experience. I caught up with Juan Banda, Agile Alliance’s Community Developer for LATAM, last week and was delighted to discover a similar story.
We’re sharing that story with you today in hopes that we can advocate that you make a similar leap towards public speaking and submit to an upcoming Agile conference.