Setting the stage: Writing a great introduction for your (WordCamp) speech

Writing a Speech Introduction

Would you hastily leave the house in the morning without your left shoe, thinking your shiny right patent leather shoe will suffice? A well-written introduction sets the stage for your success and the hook your audience’s attention. Here are tips on writing an introduction to your speech, if you can’t access the services of the talented […]

Laying down the law – WordCamp Chicago

Spotlight: WordCamp Chicago

Recap: WordCamp Chicago, April 28-29, 2018 My WordCamp experience was very different in Chicago. Since I was presenting, my focus Saturday was on being reading, practicing “90 Days to Live” and relaxing so I couldn’t really focus and fully absorb presentations on Saturday. During breaks, I’d walk the city, getting in my ten thousand steps and […]

Chicago 10K per day: Getting your steps in during WordCamp

Chicago Theater with public art and bike racks in foreground, Chicago, IL.

Sightseeing takes on a much different perspective be it by plane, train or automobile but a world-class city like Chicago is perfect on foot. For the first time in decades, I was in town for WordCamp Chicago the weekend of April 28th, took a different approach to getting around enjoying the art, architecture during free […]

I can’t feel my face; how to deliver your first WordCamp Speech

Stage at WordCamp Chicago for first WordCamp Speech, Chicago, Illinois on April 28 at 3pm

On Saturday, April 28, I presented my first WordCamp speech about the WordPress Community in sunny yet brisk, Chicago. Walking off stage during my ‘drop the mic’ moment, I took inventory as my emotion-driven adrenaline slowly began to subside. Almost as suddenly, thoughts of how to give back something helpful to future speakers to help […]

The Windy City Miracle begins my WordCamp Speaking Journey

WordCamp Chicago, April 28-29, 2018

I’ve been confirmed as a presenter at my first WordCamp. WordCamp Chicago takes place April 28-29 at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W Adams Street. If you’re in the city that weekend, level up in the WordPress Open Source Project as I begin my speaking journey.

Attenhut! WordCamp San Diego 2018

WordCamp San Diego, April 14-15, 2018

Awakening at 4 o’clock in the morning is never fun, but it felt like boot camp reveille. Saturday, April 14th began this way because I needed to arrive in “America’s Finest City”, San Diego by 7:45 am. Why so early you ask? Today is the first of the two-day WordCamp San Diego 2018 and I was taking […]

Swim Upstream: Attending WordCamp US from Your Living Room

Day 1 Livestream Video Player, Wordcamp US

Unfortunately, my schedule was in flux and I could not attend WordCamp US. But I did notice something different from other Wordcamps I had attended — a LIVESTREAM link in the menu. Here’s how I enjoy being there without being there…

A First for WordCamp Riverside

WordCamp Riverside, November 2017

Held November 4-5 at SolarMax Technologies, an appropriate space for an open source technology project conference, WordCamp Riverside was an awesome first for the WordPress Community.