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Although I haven't had experience speaking at any large conferences, my advice would be to "start small." Hone your presentation with smaller audiences. I've started giving a few of my presentations to computer science and business students at a local college. Many times instructors are looking for a way to bring in outside experts on topics they don't ...


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What Kyle said :-) Like everything else in the world practice helps with presentation skills. Try presenting at a local UX groups or a barcamps, etc. You might want to look at things like http://lanyrd.com & http://speakerrate.com/ once you start speaking. One of the things that organisers are looking for is a track record of good presentations and ...


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Although (sadly) I haven't attended it yet, there's The Usability Week 2010 Conference. It's an event of the Nielsen Norman Group, which is considered the guru of user interface and user experience. The agenda looks very interesting, based on full day tutorials rather then just short lectures and it's also offered in several locations.


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You might find the calendar of events provided by interaction-design.org useful. It's very comprehensive and available in a number of formats. I'd also recommend attending any unconference events in your local area. I've had a fantastic time at various BarCamps. You'll probably find a local UX Book Club in your area (or you could always set up your own.)


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A method which worked for one of my colleagues the last time was to show a brief demo of the product you are showcasing while talking about the benefits it offers. After doing that, he would causally mention that they would love some additional inputs on what users are really looking for and if the person would be interested in walking through a quick ...


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Well, there's an NNG Usability Week in London in November. I attended last year and it was a great inspiration for my work. 4 of 5 workshops I visited were very interesting plus you meet tons of people working in the same field - that alone would be worth it. So yep, I'd definitely recommend it and I'll attend again this year (San Francisco this time).


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how to put workshops together Very good presentation on this How to start and run a successful local group or chapter http://www.slideshare.net/usableinterface/ux-organizations-how-to-start-and-run-a-successful-local-group-or-chapter


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2012 should feature another "The Web and Beyond" in The Netherlands (probably Amsterdam). Checl http://www.thewebandbeyond.nl/ for the 2010 edition (and http://www.thewebandbeyond.nl/2010/website/organisation/ for links to the 2006 and 2008 editions).


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The IXDA conference seems to roam around the world. Next year (2012), it will be in Ireland: http://interaction12.ixda.org/


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Trade shows aren't a terrible way to conduct research, they're just not the right method for all research. If you want to do research at a trade show, you have to structure your research goals and your research such that it works in the environment. I see that someone else has already linked to "Extremely Rapid Usability Testing", so I'll offer some ...


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I have never been to any in the USA, however I have been watching a lot of the videos from UX Week lately, and finding the content quite good. http://uxweek.com/2012/


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ux london looks good as does alistapart. NNgroup I went to a few weeks ago and here's what I posted in meta: "I attended mobile user experience 1 and 2 on Sept 29 and 30. My expectations: to learn detailed mobile design guidelines and what academic research backed up those guidelines; psychological principles of mobile UX. Verdict: While I learned some ...


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I am biassed because I'll be presenting, but it seems WebExpo Europe (http://webexpo.net/) this September in Prague would be a good fit too.


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I am interested in this too. Last month, I went to Business of Software 2009. I thought it was fantastic and perfect for UX designers. (http://businessofsoftware.org/speakers.aspx) I've heard great things about SxSW (http://sxsw.com/) Is there a local UX group in your area? It's usually helpful to network locally. That's an easy way to find out about ...


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I've thoroughly enjoyed the two UXCampLondons I attended in 2009/2010. You can look at the presentations from the 2010 event (hover over the picture for links to the slides). Had a fantastic time, met a bunch of really nice people, put real faces to some folk I'd only talked to online, and learned a lot. Recommended.


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Haven't been to it in the UK specifically, but Usability Week is always a good conference, and it is in Edinburgh in late October.


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This past June I attended UIE's Web App Masters Tour in Philadelphia. It wasn't just limited to UI design and usability, but it was extremely valuable in both of those fields as well as others. There were one hour talks by several influential people, including Jared Spool, Jason Fried, Stephen Anderson and Bill Scott. I would fully recommend attending it ...


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There is the annually uxcamp europe!. It's organized as a barcamp and has attendees from all over europe. Sessions are held in English. I visited the uxcamp two times. It was really great. People used to share a lot of insights as you feel that it's more some kind of community event. So you don't try to shine in front of potential clients etc.


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Design by Fire (october, Netherlands) is a really nice one I think. I've been to the last two conferences, going to the next one as well. What I like is that they cover a quite broad area around interaction/experience design which tries to discover the borders a bit. For example: The Psychology of Creativity and Information is Beautiful in 2010 Seeing ...


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You could make the contacts at the trade show and then arrange to do a call when it is more convenient. Perhaps an initial 5 minute survey so you get some background information on your target which isn't too onerous for them to complete and related to the topic you are trying to investigate. I've not done trade show research, but tried to accost people in ...


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I agree, it is a difficult situation, but on the other side having loads of distraction provokes behaviour that can uncover issues a lot easier. We did it twice on trade shows and camouflaged our usability test as a raffle promotion: People were asked to register on our brand new website for a chance to win a prize. Obviously, we did not tape them while ...


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I really enjoyed the UX Lx in Lisbon last year. Didn't attend the two workshop days but th conference day was great - fantastic speakers, great talks, very nice organization and attendees from all over the world. Lisbon is a fantastic city - you might checkout the conference website for the event in 2013 http://www.ux-lx.com/


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I've heard good things about IxDA's Interaction conference. I haven't had the opportunity to go, but the Sr. UX Designer at my company highly recommends it.



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