Being a keynote speaker

I wasn’t born a good speaker. I didn’t even start public speaking until very late. And the beginning was rough.

My first attempts at public speaking were very scary experiences. I literally couldn’t speak for the first 5 minutes. Luckily, Maria had a trick upon her sleeve:  she would pair speak with me and always go first. This way, my panic vanished and I could start babbling something on the stage.

Fortunately, after a lot of public speaking in communities and at conferences, I got over my stage fright. I think the turning moment was Agile Lean Europe Bucharest, in 2013. I pushed myself towards doing all the public speaking I could: a normal talk, taking over a cancelled speaker’s session and a lightning talk. After this experience, public speaking doesn’t scary me any more.

It was time for me to face the next challenge: being a keynote speaker.

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What I’ve Learned From Publishing My First Book


I had a wish starting from 5th grade: to publish a book. A wish finally fulfilled this year when my first book, “Usable Software Design” became available on leanpub.

But this is not a blog post about the book per se. It’s not even meant to convince you to buy it (although you should). It’s more about convincing you that you have to publish your own book. It’s fun, it helps you discover yourself, and you might make some money from it. Seriously, start today. And if you think that you can’t, or that you have nothing to say, or that it won’t make money, etc. then read on, because I’ve been there too.

Adapt to Your Constraints and Preferences

Creating anything is hard. But it’s not hard where you expect.

Contrary to what most people think, ideas are easy. Ideas are everywhere. Inspiration is everywhere. Ideas pass from mind to mind and adapt to the recipient’s personal experience all the time. More ideas combine into a new idea. Ideas are easy and cheap and don’t account for much. Execution is what makes ideas valuable.

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