What an amazing experience! Speaking at WordCamp Brighton My first WordCamp and my first talk in front of a room full of amazing people! When I a applied to do a talk on WordPress in China it was more of a “I want to see what it takes to be a speaker” thing. It was such a rush to open the email that said I was approved to give a talk at WordCamp Brighton! If felt great and also terrifying at the same time. Public speaking has been on my bucket list but always at the bottom of it. Now there was no turning back.
I hope sharing my experience will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. You just need to believe in yourself and don’t let your fears limit you. I have been my best self when getting out of my comfort zone.
Here are few things that helped me:
Choose a topic that is close to your heart
Choose a topic you feel confident talking about. If you know your subject the words will simply flow. There is always something you can share that will be of interest for others.
I chose to talk about WordPress in China because it was something I deal with on a daily basis and feel I can share personal experience. My fear was that maybe everyone knows everything I know and they won’t find the talk interesting. But this is trie for any talk. If your talk comes from your personal experience there will always be something you can share that will be insightful for your audience.
Get to know your audience
I spent some time the first day of the event to talk to people. I was curious how much they knew about my topic and also felt more comfortable having few familiar faces in the audience. It also gave me a bit of confidence knowing that there were people out there interested in my topic because they had clients wanting a website or social media presence in China but didn’t know how to go about it.
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Now go ahead and do something different. Challenge yourself and test your limits. What is the worst that can happen?
I recently attended a WP meeting, where one of the speakers shared a project she was working on for testing websites for users with disabilities. I would love to share it with you all.
It’s a processing sketch to demonstrate how people with dyslexia view black text on white backgrounds on websites. It is something that many sites and designers are finding fashionable, clean design and modern style but is it the best solution for a site to be viewed by all. See in the link below how a person with dyslexia sees the text when you mouse over each line of text. And think about how you use white space and high contrast text.
See more here: http://two-artists.com/Fiona_MacNeill/dyslexic-irlen/
REDSTAR in the Chinese media
If you are curious how it all started you can watch this video made by a CCTV crew. They do pieces on foreigners living in China and their stories.
To register an official company Weibo account you will require a company registered in China or a distributor/representative with presence in China, or you can also contact us for assistance. Click here if you want to try and go through the process on your own. Please note if you don’t read Chinese you will need to try an open the page with a translator app. Be aware google translation is not always accurate.
To make it easier for those new to this platform we have created a graph to guide you when you create Weibo skins and images. Hope you find it helpful.