Ok, so you’re a kickass PHP developer. You’re always looking to learn new things. You read every technical blog post that you come across. You try your best to apply them in your PHP project. Things are going well, but you’re not sure if there’s more than you could do to hone your skills.

Why yes there is! You could also teach. But you might be wondering, “Seriously, how can teaching make me a better developer?” That’s a good question! And that’s what I’ll share with you in this talk.

I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time to teaching. I write a lot on my personal site and sometimes on other educational sites. I also speak at conferences and local meetups. These teaching opportunities have been essential to help me grow as developers.

The good news is that you too can use teaching as a powerful learning tool! This talk will show you how. You’ll learn how to use teaching to build your development chops. You’ll also see how to do it so that what you give back benefits the PHP community.

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Rated 3

Jeroen de Jong at 15:30 on 8 Jun 2019

I like the topic and the flow of your story, however I think there are a couple of things you can improve to make it better:
- use less slides, use a presenter remote or place your laptop at a higher position. Bending over to press a button for every slide was a bit distracting for me...
- remove the slides about questions and just give the audience the invite to raise their hand when they have questions. The moment you now showed the slides felt a bit off. And maybe try to stay a bit more on topic while answering the slides.

I really liked the topic, the content and the delivery. Carl made it clear why we as developers should be more willing to teach other people, so that we learn and give back to the community.

Dedicated time for questions during the talk was a new thing for me, but I think it worked very well with the cameral room and a small audience.

You got me inspired to start using teaching in my current work process.

The idea of the talk was good, but to be honest I didn't found the presentation very good.

Some tips:
Be sure to have a relax standing. The way you used your laptop without a presenter did feel not natural. There was a lectern you could use to have your keyboard in reach. Or use a presenter to navigate to your slides.
I'm not sure if you used notes or something like that on your screen, but I got the feeling that you where got lost during the talk about what you wanted to say.