I published an end-of-the-year retrospective on my public speaking career in 2016, and I followed that with one for 2017. I didn’t publish one in 2018 because the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 were incredibly busy for me. However, with a relatively recent sense of calm, here is my public speaking retrospective for 2019.

What Went Well

I’m following the traditional format for a Sprint Retrospective by starting with the things that went well, and I would love to see continue in 2020.

Speaking with my Wife

On stage at The Lead Developer UK in London
On stage at The Lead Developer UK in London

I’ve given talks for several years, but I really started taking public speaking seriously in 2016. I’ve had a couple of talks that became fairly popular (i.e., were accepted to a variety of tech conferences each year), and I even began to speak at international conferences.

Managing the Burnout Burndown.

Corporate Talks

Landing in Budapest for the second time
Landing in Budapest for the second time

Very few conferences pay speakers which has never been an issue for me since I have a full time career.

Finding the Comfort Zone on Stage

I'm energized by big crowds!
I'm energized by big crowds!

Staying off the Stage

I'm energized by big crowds!
I'm energized by big crowds!

What Could Have Been Improved

There are a few things that could have been improved.

Accomodations

My wife speaking at an academic conference
My wife speaking at an academic conference

TBD

Event Organizers Fading to Black

My son speaking at a tech conference in Budapest
My son speaking at a tech conference in Budapest

TBD

Summary of 2018

Cities

  • New York (Speaker)
  • Baltimore (Speaker)

Countries

Goals for 2019

Return to Africa

I think I jinxed myself at the end of 2017. In the retrospective I wrote for that year, I mentioned that I had an opportunity to speak on a new continent.

Continue Booking Corporate Talks

TBD

Complete Book Manuscript

Severl people have asked my wife and I if we’re planning to write a book based on our talk about burnout. I’m happy to announce that we are!