Lightning talks are 5-10 minutes long, on any topic of interest to other Python people. It doesn’t have to be about something that you wrote, it can be something that you learned, or a technique you think other people will be interested in.
You know that thing at work that everyone comes to you for help with? Talk about that!
You know that thing you just learned that helped you out? Talk about that!
You know that thing you always wish you understood, but haven’t figured out yet? Learn it, then talk about that!
Things people say when they think they can’t do a lightning talk:
- “Everyone already knows THING_X”
- No, they don’t.
- They think they do, but they still have more to learn.
- Even if they do, they will be interested to hear another person’s explanation.
- “I’m not an expert at anything”
- You know more than you think you do.
- You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to be interested enough to talk for 5 minutes.
- People like hearing from peers. Beginners can do a talk.
- “My topic has been done before”
- Everything has already been done, you will do it your way.
- New people haven’t heard it before.
- When Google started, people wondered why we needed another search engine.
- “It’s scary talking in front of people”
- Yes, but you will feel really accomplished when you’ve done it.
- Boston Python is super-friendly and is always welcoming of new speakers.
- Everyone is nervous speaking in public, even people you think wouldn’t be nervous.
- “I have an idea but it’s no good”
- It’s a better idea than you think.
- Send me the idea, we’ll tweak it up.
- Are there really any bad ideas for lightning talks? :)
Seriously: anyone can do a lightning talk.
If you need more encouragement, watch this lightning talk about brewing tea (hint: it’s not really about brewing tea):