For the first time ever, ‘Mozilla Bangladesh’ with the sponsorship of ‘NewsCred Dhaka‘ organize an event to develop a strong community-driven technical speaker development program called ‘Tech Speaker v1.0‘. But before going further, let me give you a blunt definition of ‘Tech Speaker’.
What is Tech Speaker?
Tech Speaker is a program where a person learns about his/her technical topic of interest, tries to understand basic outlines and elaborately present it to the audience where they get the full scenario of that topic. In simple, Tech Speaker is the one who give speech on tech related topics but that person must carry some skilful speaking qualities to interact with audience. The purpose of this program is to increase developer awareness and adoption of Mozilla products and the Open Web as a platform.
On 11th March 2016, one of Mozilla Bangladesh’s Representative and renowned contributor Salman Rahman Desh took the initiative to build a better tech speaking group in regional community. The event held at ‘NewsCred Dhaka’.
It’s a closed event with enthusiasts on public speaking so the participants were like 8 to 10. It was intentionally originated only to get feedback from selected participants about this program. After everyone’s arrival, Salman begins his session by elaborating Mozilla’s new program ‘Tech Speaker’, it’s purposes, outcome, why it is important and of course, what impacts they can push on to Mozilla Bangladesh community.
After explaining the full plot, he goes ahead with brief discussion on ‘TechSpeakers Curriculum‘ and ‘Speaking Tips‘. He part-by-part explains about content development and speaking practice which is mostly resourceful(You’ll find these content on Mozilla Wiki). Through this context, it manifest how a speaker act at the time of seminar like he/she is a PRO of his/her given topic and how it gains full control on audience’s thinking, how to manipulate through that topic, how to technically avoid deeper questions from geeky audience if you don’t know the answers.
Before he hand over tasks to the participants, he shared a method there a person can sort out his/her true nature through identifying ‘Strength’, ‘Weakness’, ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Threats’ which is called “SWOT ANALYSIS”. The purpose is to team up a 2-member group whose strength might be a cure to one’s weakness. Some participants find speech impediment; some fine fear, nervousness in the middle of presentation; other’s find comfort in making new friends, flexible in public speaking and so on.
After lunch break, participants gave around half an hour to choose a narrow topic and prepare for public speaking session. But before that, he showed a video “TEDx NewYork: How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk” which was hilarious.
Watching ‘TEDx NewYork: How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk’
Then after half an hour, each group present their speech with a time duration of 5 minutes. Other groups gave their feedback on other group’s presentation; what lacking were showing, how it can be improved and so on. And then back-to-back, we had individual ‘Free speech’ on topic which interest most. Everyone get 10 minutes to prepare and present it within 2 minutes. And finally, the event’s over with a group photo.
It was a great experience to learn some tips and tricks on public speaking. This kind of event should be initiated for the benefit of the contributors who already has the presence of mind on speaking. And also I would like to thanks “NewsCred Dhaka” to be a sponsor of this event.
And thank you Salman Rahman Desh for launching such kind of event in Bangladesh.
You can see event photos on flickr as well…..