Advancing Your Agile Career Through Speaking

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We are still accepting speakers for Agile2021, but time is running out!
Please see our submissions page to learn how you can become a speaker.


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 on 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 for 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 Agile2021! The deadline is April 15th @ 11:59PM ET.


About the Author

Jen Krieger is Chief Agilist at Red Hat. Most of her 20+ year career has been in software development representing many roles throughout the waterfall and agile lifecycles.

At Red Hat, Jen guides teams across the company into agility in a way that respects and supports its commitment to Open Source.


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