[Chicago-talk] REMINDER: July 31, 2007: Lightning Talks and Perl::Critic

Pete Krawczyk mongers at bsod.net
Mon Jul 30 09:08:07 PDT 2007

This is a reminder about tomorrow night's Perl Mongers meeting.  There 
will also be several people in attendance who attended OSCON and would 
like to share their thoughts about the conference.

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you think you might even possibly want 
to attend.  It's better to be on the list and not attend than not be on 
the list and decide at the last minute to show up - the former causes us 
no grief; the latter gets hassled at security.

                     Chicago Perl Mongers Meeting Announcement
        Topic: Lightning Talks and Perl::Critic
    Presenter: You!, Josh McAdams
    Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 7:00 PM CDT
     Location: Performics, 12th Floor, 180 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL
         RSVP: By 12:00 PM CDT on July 31 at pkrawczyk at doubleclick dot com

Please note that this meeting is one week later than normally scheduled!
RSVPs are also required for this meeting.

This meeting will start with Lightning Talks, and if there is time
remaining, Josh McAdams will present a tutorial on writing policies for

If you are interested in doing a lightning talk, please pre-register for a
five minute slot by sending an email to the RSVP address above.  You can
also sign up for a presentation slot at the meeting, if any are left.  We
will announce any pre-registered talks before the meeting.

Lightning Talks are 5-minute talks, given on any subject you can think of.
Here's somewhere to look for ideas:


We are also looking for lightning talks about what you learned at a recent
conference, such as YAPC or OSCON; interesting projects or problems you've
recently worked on; new technology you've recently discovered; or
questions you'd like to present in front of a group of your peers.

Lightning talks rely on YOU getting up there and doing your five minutes
in the spotlight.  It's a GREAT way for people who have never spoken
before to get out there and get their feet wet.  From MJD's page:

      Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small.
      For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do
      decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

      Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot
      easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver
      a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will
      be over quickly.

      Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a
      question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast
      about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These
      things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might
      not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Lightning talks also don't require slides, charts or graphs.  If you do
want to use them, however, please be mindful of the five minute limit -
you'll probably only get to cover three slides or so.

As with all Chicago Perl Mongers meetings, everyone is welcome,
whether or not you consider yourself a member. We look forward to
seeing you there!

Questions about this meeting?  Ask on the chicago-talk at pm.org mailing
list, or send email to andy at petdance dot com.  You can also see a list
of past and upcoming meetings at http://chicago.pm.org/meetings/.

-Pete K
Pete Krawczyk
       Chicago Perl Mongers
       mongers at bsod dot net

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