How to Give a Good Tech Talk

Published on April 12, 2012 by Jesse Storimer

So I'm giving a talk next week. My first.

It's an internal talk at Shopify, and I want it to be good. But I have no idea what I'm doing, I've never done this before.

So what did I do? I turned to the internet and found a bunch of great resources. While preparing the talk this week I've been looking over them and getting some great advice about how to go about giving and preparing talks. Without further ado here's the list:

p.s. I've personally consumed all of these resources and definitely recommend them.



  • Speaking for Hackers - An in-progress ebook of tips. Covers end-to-end from proposing to planning to speaking.
  • The Art of Speaking - Watch a respected speaker prepare a talk from scratch in 90 mins. Lots of great advice.

Exemplary Talks

Let me know if I'm missing any other great resources. I'll continue to update this post as I come across more.

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