We are a bunch of experienced speakers who freely and without caveats offer our time to support first-time speakers to deliver their first few sessions at tech meetups and/or conferences.

If you would like help to start your speaking career you can contact any of us using the details on our personal pages. You can find our pages in the menu above or by clicking our names in the slider below.

Please read this information about becoming a mentor if you are interested in offering your own time to mentor others.

Our mentors

How a mentor can help

We have a variety of different mentors. They all have different skills/abilities. Not all of the mentors on this site will be able to do all of the following for you, but these are the sorts of things they might be able to help you with:

  • Moral support: We know it’s scary, we’ve been there. We can help you get the better of those nerves.
  • Find your story: Choosing a concept for a talk and working out how to deliver it can be hard. Perhaps we can help you to find yours?
  • Abstract review: Writing abstracts is a bit of a skill. You only have a few words to sell your talk.
  • Slide review: Slides can be boring or distracting. Would you like some help to create a deck that supports your talk rather than detracts from it?
  • Demo advice: Demoing to a live audience can be nerve-wracking. Most of our mentors will have learned the hard way how to prep for success and they like sharing what they’ve learned.
  • Public speaking advice: Once you’ve written a great talk, with a great abstract and some cool slides and demos it’s time to deliver. A good mentor might be able to give you some tips.
  • Introductions: Your mentor might not know all the answers or be able to help in all the ways listed here, but they probably do know someone who can.