Last Wednesday was the first time I ever gave a keynote at a conference. I have been the first speaker at a conference before, but those talks were called something else so I’m not going to count them. As always I was really nervous before I spoke. It doesn’t matter if my talk is a keynote or not, if the audience contains 20 people or 2,000, I always feel this way.
The talk I gave, Understanding Volunteers, was a variant on one I had given at YAPC::EU and YAPC::NA earlier this year. The new version is longer. I added additional material on the need to belong and made sure I had examples of a variety of different Open Source communities. I was able to keep in most of my Perl community examples and I imagine I would be forgiven if there was a bit of a Perl community focus. I am, after all, the Vice-President of The Perl Foundation.