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Preparing a talk: before you start

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I've given a number of talks, and over the years I've made the journey from completely unprepared to mostly knowing what I'm doing. After a lot of trial and error, I've settled into a routine that works for me. This has been the advice I've given to a number of folks who are looking to start speaking, or improve their existing technique.I'll break it down into three posts:Pre-work (this one)WritingPresentingPre-workWhether you have a date for your next talk, or are thinking about proposing your very first, there are a variety of ways to do some research and give yourself the mental framework that you'll need to prepare yourself. This is what I do before I even start writing a talk for a specific conference or meetup.Listen to TalksWhile a meetup's theme or conference's selection committee may change, videos, slides, or descriptions from previous talks can give you a pretty good idea of what they are looking for from proposals. This can help you dial…