I have been talking to successful women in tech who have built on their work by nurturing a career in public speaking. Recently I interviewed international speaker, Lauren Schaefer. You can read her story and many others as part of our Aspiring Women Speakers series, sponsored by Turntabl.io and my company RecWorks.

Here is my interview with Lauren:

What was the defining moment that made you do your first conference presentation? How did it go?

Waaaay back in 2013, I was working as a software engineer on a product for developers. My manager told us we needed to get out in front of developers. …


As part of our London CTOs series, and in association with CTO Craft and RecWorks, we recently held an Ask Me Anything event with Joshua Wöhle, CEO at Mindstone and previously Co-Founder & CPTO @ SuperAwesome (acquired by Epic Games).

Joshua started his first tech startup at 16 and was a co-founder of SuperAwesome, growing it from a team of 5 to over 150 people before it was acquired by Epic Games in the summer of 2020. In his current role Joshua is focusing on building a platform that helps people learn faster, remember more and get things done. …


As part of our Aspiring Principal Engineers series of events, and in partnership with my company RecWorks, we held a Q&A with Julian Ghionoiu, CTO and Founder of Accelerate.io, a company that creates scenario-based challenges that mimic what developers do as part of their job, and that employers can use to assess candidates.

We invited a panel of developers to ask Julian just what he has learned from seeing so many candidates use these tests, and what lessons can be taken from them in order to become a better developer.

Don’t have time to watch the whole thing? You don’t…


I held a discussion recently with Wes Hall, Consultant Technical Lead at notonthehighstreet, and Samir Talwar, Senior Engineer at Digital Asset and former founder/CTO at Prodo.ai.

Both are amazing technical talents and friends in the industry. This is just one of the events we run as part of the groups we organise at RecWorks. This was run as part of our Aspiring Principal Engineers community.

Wes and Samir had some really valuable lessons to offer aspiring engineers on how to skill up and take the next big step in their careers and what to expect once they reach it.

Here…


As part of our Aspiring Women Speakers series, sponsored by Turntabl.io, we recently hosted our first online Ask Me Anything event with Trisha Gee and a panel of professional women in tech who have either launched their speaking careers, or are looking to start. From that discussion we have teased out some of the most useful pieces of advice on how and why you should explore public speaking, and what to expect once you’re up and running.

Here are 6 things we learned about launching a public speaking career from Trisha and our panellists:

1. You might find you are…


As part of our series within RecWorks on ‘What is HR/People Ops to you?’ in which we are interviewing professionals from the HR and People Ops industry’, Evangeline Richards and I managed to get some time with Marie Krebs (People Ops Lead at Moonpay) and Will Beaton (Head of People at MyTutor) to get their thoughts on the shifting tides of this industry and find out what their priorities are.

You can see the full Q&A here

If you don’t have time to watch, here were six things we learned when we spoke to Marie and Will.

1. Whilst traditional…


I have recently been speaking to women in tech who have built on their successful careers by moving into public speaking.

Recently I interviewed Mariana Morris, founder of UX design studio Fruto, frequent conference speaker as well as co-founder of UX Oxford, a free monthly speaking event. Catch up on her journey and many others as part of our Aspiring Women Speakers series below, sponsored by Turntabl.io.

Here is my interview with Mariana:

Do you feel that getting involved in conference speaking has helped your career?

Yes, absolutely! Speaking at conferences and local events is a great way to meet…


I have been talking to successful women in tech who have built on their work by nurturing a career in public speaking. Recently I interviewed Sarah Wells, who shares her considerable technical expertise at conferences all around the world. You can read her story and many others as part of our Aspiring Women Speakers series, sponsored by Turntabl.io and my company RecWorks.

Here is my interview with Sarah:

Do you feel that getting involved in conference speaking has helped your career?

Absolutely, and in a number of ways. Firstly, when I’m going to talk about something, I really think about…


As part of our Aspiring Women Speakers series, sponsored by Turntabl.io, I have been talking to successful women in tech who have launched their speaking careers and built on their achievements. Author Naomi Ceder is the Chairperson of the Python Software Foundation and talks regularly at events about her work. I caught up with her recently and asked her to share her journey and hopefully encourage those considering this path to take their first steps and as Naomi says ‘Do it!”

Here is my interview with Naomi:

Do you feel that getting involved in conference speaking has helped your career?


As part of our series on Aspiring Women Speakers sponsored by Turntabl.io we caught up with Alex Radu (Senior Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co.) and Stefania Chaplin (Solutions Architect of EMEA at Secure Code Warrior) to get their thoughts and top tips for speaking in public.

Don’t have time to watch the whole Q&A? You don’t have to. Here’s a roundup of things we learned when we talked to Alex and Stefania.

1. Keep to a small friendly crowd when your start out

It’s important to build up your confidence, so try starting out with a small group, with…

Barry Cranford

Founder of RecWorks (Tech Recruitment), Tech Career Hacker, Java User Group Founder (LJC), London CTOs Organiser, Mentor Match-Maker

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