[TriZPUG] May Meeting Call for Speakers
cbc at unc.edu
Wed Apr 29 21:01:26 CEST 2009
On 4/28/2009 9:31 PM, Chris Rossi wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 8:23 PM, Bradley A. Crittenden <
> brad.crittenden at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Apr 28, 2009, at 18:04 , bob gailer wrote:
>> Chris Calloway wrote:
>>>> As always, though, each of you is expected to be ready with a lightning
>>>> talk if called on.
>>> I am concerned about this, as I can see such an expectation discouraging
>>> some newcomer.
>> That's just Chris being all blustery. No newcomer should be scared to come
>> to a meeting.
> Maybe we should offer treats for those who do give lightning talks?
Maybe. I've seen prizes given to best lightning talk at PyCons. It would
be nice to have enough lightning talks to have a vote on the best. I'll
try to have a prize in reserve just in case we do.
I had to look up blustery. I'm pretty sure we've only bullied newcomers
into telling us who they are, and that bullying amounted to, "Please
sound off around the room and tell us who you are." And I'm pretty sure
no one has ever been bullied for not bringing a lightning talk.
When it comes to lightning talks, we usually ask if anyone's got one.
Sometimes someone or more does. Sometimes not. Sometimes we've called on
specific people who have been coming for a long time when no one
volunteers, and it turned out they did have something to share.
Certainly I think we want to promote TriZPUG meetings as participatory
rather than a spectator sport. TriZPUG is not designed to be some people
entertaining other people, although there are some people who take the
lead in facilitating meetings and events. So I like to encourage
participants to bring lightning talks. I want to hear what other people
have to say. In fact, I do *expect* to. And sometimes my expectations
are met. :)
If you don't bring a lightning talk, no one is going to bother you. In
fact, no one is really going to notice. The people who brought lightning
talks will get all the notice. And we may not even have time to get to
lightning talks if the featured speaker takes up enough time. That's why
a lightning talk can be something you don't even have to prepare for.
Some of our best lightning talks have been someone standing up and
sharing something Python-related they saw on some website that might be
of interest to others.
I hope this clears that up.
office: 332 Chapman Hall phone: (919) 599-3530
mail: Campus Box #3300, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
More information about the TriZPUG