I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
I'm finally back from the SAGE-AU 2005 conference. I presented two talks, one entitled Conference Presentation Mind Control, and a double-length one on Starting a small (open-source) business.
I discovered that SAGE-AU audiences don't laugh as much as local user groups. At first I thought it was me, but this appears to be a comfort factor. Local groups usually see the same crowd each month, and are a lot less formal than a national conference which meets once a year.
The best reactions to my talks have always been at Sydney Perl Mongers, and I attribute this primarily to the meeting being held in a rather nice pub. I'll be expanding my presentation talk to recommend that if you can arrange for your audience to imbide alcoholic beverages during your presentation, they'll give you a better review than if presented with water. Just don't expect them to remember the details of your talk afterwards.
If you're in Melbourne, or can get to Melbourne, Damian Conway will be speaking this Wednesday, 14th September, at Melbourne Perl Mongers. Damian is one of Perl's most highly celebrated speakers, and author of Object Oriented Perl and Perl Best Practices. Like all Melb.PM meetings, admission is free.
Damian Conway presents "Fun with Dead Languages"
6:30pm, 14th September 2005
14 Blackwood St