The designer's guide to public speaking

There are all sorts of reasons for giving talks at design events. But for A List Apart editor-in-chief and content strategist Sara Wachter-Boettcher, it begins with passion: "I started speaking because I was angry. Seriously. I felt like there were all these really important things no-one was talking about, and eventually decided that instead of feeling irritated by what other people weren't doing, maybe I should get up and speak instead."

She says speaking is satisfying, forcing her to think much harder about what she does and why she does it, and it helps others expand their thinking: "Helping people see beyond their individual niche is essential for collaboration — and collaboration is essential to deal with the complexities of the web."

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