Here it is! My first time ever speaking in front of such a large audience!
The video is 30 minutes long and covers some tips and encouragement that I've mentioned on the blog at various times and which are covered in much more detail in the Language Hacking Guide of course. Since the audience was mostly travellers, I focused on short-term abilities to speak while in the country.
I was worried about how it would go or if I'd get through everything, and in the end I only covered a third of my notes before I went to questions! 30 minutes flew by!
As well as giving this talk I was also on two panels (for two full hours on the same day), talking about branding and working within a niche to help people interested in growing their website. It's been a hectic weekend for me! But once I was done contributing, I was very glad to spend time with some amazing people, and good friends of mine. There are far too many to list!!
Many thanks to TBEX (Travel Blog EXchange) for putting on such a great weekend, and for giving me this fantastic opportunity to attempt to get through to so many influential people (other bloggers, many of which have wide audiences), and convince them to stop making excuses and just speak the language of the country they are visiting! I'm already hearing some success stories from those at the event who have been trying out my tips and I look forward to sharing their stories with you.
I've had a great two weeks in North America, here in Vancouver for this event and also in Portland for the “World Domination Summit”. I've met some incredible people, and it's great to mingle and party with similarly minded people and other bloggers. We talk about many different topics, but in our own way we are trying to use the Internet as our own little platform to improve the world.
After these two weeks of speaking English, it's time for me to get back to some language hacking, and start the next mission (on Thursday) 😉
Hopefully this is the first of many such talks I'll give – I can already see a few ways I can improve on it for next time. If you have any thoughts on the talk, let me know in the comments below!
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