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Seasoned speakers have a saying “there are two groups of people: those who use speaking skills to improve their lives and those who are too scared to seize the opportunity”. I think it hits the mark. Communication skills are in high demand in every industry, from marketing to IT.

For us, developers, good communication and speaking skills mean fewer conflicts and misunderstandings in our teams, better chance to be promoted, more opportunities to influence the direction the codebase and product are going, more visibility for our side projects, better opportunities for career advancement and much more.

This post aims to help you “level up” your communication skills by picking up Public Speaking at meetups and conferences. If you didn’t give any (or gave just a few) speeches before or you are considering giving it a try, then this post is for you. I compiled advice from people who were beginners just like you, but worked to improve their skills. Read more