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Recent Talk: How To Crash & Burn…And Recover!

July 25, 2019InfoSteph

If you didn’t know, in June, I gave a talk centered around mental health, specifically the subject of burnout. The talk was accepted at Layer 8 Conference in the Mental Health Hackers village and it was my first official talk that I submitted and got accepted for.

The talk was not recorded, due to the nature of the village, but I did promise to release the slides a while ago. You’ll find them below. Before you get into them, though, I wanted to briefly tell you about my experience.

I was nervous as hell to deliver this talk. I have always had stage fright. During speeches or presentations, I would sweat, my knees would shake and my mouth would run dry. And I was nervous that my slides wouldn’t be received as I intended it. Plus, being that a lot of us in the industry ignore our mental health for the sake of projects or deadlines or jobs, I wasn’t expecting there to be a good turn out. Needless to say, I was going into this pretty scared.

However, I had a goal of 3 speaking gigs this year and this was number 2, so I wanted to do it and get it over with. I was excited to talk about something that had affected me in such a massive way. And I was excited to share the things I had learned as well. So, I arrive at the con and patiently wait for my time, attending other talks and networking and catching up with friends. When it was my turn, there was a good amount of people there, including Sn0w and TinkerSec from Twitter.

I told jokes, I presented and I apparently rushed, because I was done with my 50 minute talk in 30 minutes. So, I opened the floor up for questions and I was blown away by the interaction. Well after the talk was over, people were still talking. And that is what I hoped, that people would be talking more about mental health and burnout openly and unashamed. I was very happy with the way things turned out.

Anyway, I’ll cease my gabbing and let you get to the slides. Any questions you have, send them over to [email protected]

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