Karen Catlin

Poornima Vijayashanker & Karen Catlin

Authors of Present! The techie's guide to engaging an audience

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON December 04, 2015


Karen Catlin
Karen Catlin@kecatlin · Advocate for Technical Women
Hi - We're Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin, co-authors of "Present! A Techie's Guide to Public Speaking." Poornima is Founder of Femgineer and was the founding engineer of Mint.com. Karen is an Advocate for Women in Tech and a former VP at Adobe Systems. We're thrilled to be here-- ask us anything!"
Phillip Yang
Phillip Yang@geekyyang
@kecatlin @poornima pleasure to meet you! awesome you're doing this. My question is: how much of a value do you think there is in the tech industry in utilizing Twitter. What has been your experience from it, from engaging with audiences, to making new lasting relationships formed through Twitter?
Morgan James
Morgan James@morganjames264 · Insights Investigator
@geeky_yang great question! I've noticed indelible connections have been made via Twitter. Can't knock how powerful it is. I'm also curious as to the brick & mortar "points of connection" @kecatlin @poornima would suggest.
poornima@poornima · Founder
@morganjames264 @geeky_yang I'm assuming you mean how do you take it offline? I'd recommend having people meet you at conferences or events. I also consider calls taking it offline. But anyway you can extend the conversation and develop a relationship beyond the 140 characters :)
Bridget McGraw
Bridget McGraw@mcgrawbridget · Thingfully thing = physical + digital
Hi there and thank you for fielding our questions! Poormina, great to *see* you again! Your General Assembly class a couple years ago helped me focus. Alas, I am not focused enough at times. Do either of you have any tips for improving one's focus (in addition to going offline)?
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@kecatlin @poornima thanks for joining us today. During your career to date, what is the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Flip side - what's the worst?
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What's the #1 piece of advice to help the regular Joe/Josephine speak better in public? Tech or not.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Poornima and Karen! It's fun to have both of you here. Big question: what's your biggest regret? 😄
Raja Gopal
Raja Gopal@mathraj · Co founder
Biggest mistakes that techies make in public speaking?
thanks for doing this chat! I was wondering what are some out of the box techniques you've seen during presentations that really WOWed you as a listener?