A friend and I were chatting recently about speaking at conferences. Now this person is smart and I’ve learned a thing or two from his in-depth engineering blog posts. Yet there he was, telling me I’m so super good at communicating ideas (implying he’s not so super good), and besides he has nothing to say worthy of a conference talk.

Huh?!

Uncalled for praise is jarring, but I took it—2021 was heartless, OK? Still, the subtext of magic bothered me. That I am somehow special. A born natural. So I told him my secret formula. And now I’m telling you.

Here is how to be a totes natural conference speaker…