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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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