This year I had two personal goals to keep improving myself
- Submit an article for in a technical magazine
- Give a talk on a conference
As you may have read on my blog I reached my first goal twice:
- writing an article about mobile testing for NLJUG, the Dutch Java User Group
- write a chapter in the book “The Digital Quality Handbook: Guide for Achieving Continuous Quality in a DevOps Reality” by Eran Kinsbruner.
I also tried to reach my second goal. So I submitted an abstract for SauceCon 2017 in San Francisco (the first-ever Sauce Labs user conference) and SeleniumConf 2017 in Berlin. Sadly both my abstracts were not accepted. But there is always hope.
“Give a talk on a conference or give a webinar”.
And yes, I’m allowed to adjust my goals a bit 😉
I tried to reduce the nervousness and pressure by preparing a demo. The demo was divided into 3 parts that would explain all the points I would like to show. The demo project can be found here. The second step was to write down all the points I wanted to discuss / show on paper. The last step was to do some dry runs at home.
Thursday the 27th of July was THE day for me. The day I would have my first webinar. When the webinar started I had the feeling that I had drunk more than 20 espressos and you could see my heartbeat in my neck. But that’s the advantage of a webinar, nobody can see it.
After a few minutes I really got comfortable and had the impression I did a good first webinar. You can view the webinar here
and download the slides here.
Normally when you attend a conference you are always curious about the amount of visitors for your talk so here are some figures about the webinar:
- About 1500 people registered to attend the webinar
- Over the whole webinar an average of 250 people watched the whole live webinar
- There was a peak that more than 360 people watched the live webinar
It was an awesome experience to give a webinar, so Eran, thanks again for giving me the opportunity.
The coming days I will view my webinar again and again and again, just to keep learning from what and how I did it. I already saw some points I can improve, but I first still need to enjoy the feeling of giving the webinar and secondly reaching my second goal, even before 2017 ended!