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
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.
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
Staying off the Stage
What Could Have Been Improved
There are a few things that could have been improved.
Event Organizers Fading to Black
Summary of 2018
- New York (Speaker)
- Baltimore (Speaker)
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
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!