Presenter Terms

I am happy that you are interested in me speaking at your event. I am a professional presenter with 17 years of speaking and training experience. Therefore I want to make sure that there is no misconception about what I expect and deliver.

Personal Information

Noteworthy Videos

In case you are interested in seeing me in action, here are some talks I liked:

  • "Introduction to K3s", webinar, September 2021 (video and slides)

  • "Reusing Apps between Teams and Environments through Containers", WeAreDevelopers Container Day, February 2021 (website, video, speech, and slides).

  • "A Decade of iPhone & iOS in 40 minutes", closing keynote at UIKonf, Berlin, Germany, May 2018 (video and speech).

  • "Being a Developer at 40", AppBuilders, Zürich, Switzerland, April 2016 (video, slides, and speech).

There is a full list of talks here.

Presenter Bio

Adrian Kosmaczewski is a software expert with over 25 years of experience. He is a published author, trainer, and speaker. He has written many books about software development and has shipped cloud, mobile, and desktop apps since 1996. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

I Am Available For…

  • ✓ Keynotes

  • ✓ Talks

  • ✓ Workshops

  • ✓ Panels

  • ✓ Moderation

  • ✓ Video series

Subjects I Cover

  • ✓ Cloud Native tech

  • ✓ Development tools

  • ✓ Programming languages

  • ✓ History of computing

  • ✓ Software development methodologies and culture

  • ✓ Developer relations

  • ✓ Careers in tech

Languages I Speak Fluently

  • ✓ English

  • ✓ Spanish

  • ✓ French

Show Stoppers

I know it is hard to organise events, so I want to make sure that we are on the same level. Here is a list of things that I will not do.

  • I will not present at a panel or a conference line-up with an obvious lack of diversity. Our audience comes in all shapes and sizes, so should the experts on stage.

  • I expect the conference to have an enforced code of conduct.

  • I don’t "pay to play". As a presenter, I expect full access to the event.

  • I don’t deal with sponsorships of the event and I am not interested in sponsored speaking slots.

  • I have a list of people I will not present alongside and I refuse to present at events that have certain sponsors. I will flag that up to you when that is the case.

  • I don’t use Macs or Windows PCs.

  • I don’t use Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

  • I don’t use standard presentation software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, or similar.

  • I will not style my presentation slides following the template of your event.

Delivery At Your Event

Here’s what I will do when invited as a presenter at your event.

  • Be in permanent contact with the conference team. I will notify you of my arrival at the conference center, city, or hotel, and I will give you my personal details (email, phone, WhatsApp, Telegram, & Signal) for you to contact me at any time. I will have a working mobile phone connection for you to reach me whenever you are in the world (unless I’m on board of a flight, of course.)

  • Deliver a fitting talk for the intended audience. I tend to deliver a unique talk every time I can and it will be an up-to-date talk.

  • Deliver the talk on time and sticking to the defined format and duration. I need to know what time frame you expect and what format you want it to be in. I will show up at the times you need me to be there and set up on stage with enough time for AV people to wire up microphones and other equipment. I will have rehearsed my talk and I’ll be sure about the time required to deliver it.

  • Be available for conference attendees. Conferences to me are more about the people than about the content. Therefore I will try to be there for questions and feedback.

  • Be available for other promotional parts of the event. I am happy to do interviews or give you feedback to use in conference wrap-ups

  • Promote my presence at your event. I will toot on Mastodon and blog before, during, and after the event about what my presentation, interesting things I see, and people I meet.

  • Publish my slides and screen recording after my talk. If there is a good enough connection, this normally happens right after the presentation. I publish my slides on Speaker Deck. If needed, feel free to download them from Speaker Deck (in PDF format) and show them in your website.

Because I use the Lessig (or Takahashi) Presentation Method, my slides usually just show a single word, and image, or a code snippet, without any text or title. For this reason, downloadable PDF slides include the speaker notes, with the full contents of my speech, for immediate reference.

My Setup

I am pretty open to different ways of presenting, but here is my perfect setup:

  • ✓ I like to use my own computer as I have them set up the way I need and there may be coding examples.

  • ✓ I use a Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop with Ubuntu Linux 22.04. It comes with an HDMI port. I haven’t had any issues connecting a Linux laptop to projectors, TVs, or other devices in the past 3 years.

  • ✓ I use my own Logitech clicker.

  • ✓ I only send slides in advance in PDF format when there is live translation or signing. Then I will also have a list of terms to translate and put some time aside with the translators to go through the deck.

If I need to use a central computer instead of mine, please consider the following:

  • ✓ My slides are in HTML and 16:9 format. I will have them on a memory stick with the needed fonts. I can provide a PDF if needed.

  • ✓ I don’t use any audio in my slides, but some GIF animations or video might be useful sometimes.

  • ✓ I normally use speaker notes, and I bring my own clicker. If possible, I appreciate having a "nanny screen" where I can see my slide notes instead of having to refer to the screen behind me. If this is not possible, I use my own laptop screen as one.

My Expectations

I am a professional presenter, and will do a lot to ensure that the event will be a success. As such, I have a few expections I want met:

  • Provide me with a prime speaking slot. I’ve proven to be a good keynote (in particular, closing keynote) speaker and find interesting topics to open or close conferences.

  • Deliver a professional stage setup. I bring my own laptop and connectors, but I expect at least a power plug and a microphone. I am very good with audio engineers but I am not there to fix audio issues or set up projectors. I expect this to work and be available. I normally don’t need an internet connection, but would love to have one.

  • Record and publish my talk. Recordings are a great advertisement for your conference and I make sure my presentations make sense without being in the room. My slides contain the full speech, so they can be consumed without watching the video.

  • Keep me out of sponsorship discussions. I am at your event to present. I will not "pay to play" and I won’t speak at sponsored speaking slots. I am happy to provide you with contacts of who to invite instead. I am also happy to introduce you to company colleagues dealing with sponsorships, but this is not - at all - what I do. If you are looking for a corporate sponsoring to sell speaking slots, please don’t contact me.

Costs, Payments, Expenses

I am in the lucky position that I have a job that allows me to present. That doesn’t mean though that I want to be a "cheaper" option and stand in the way of people who live off presenting.

  • I don’t expect to be paid for my presentations if your conference helps me in my work. However, to ensure I don’t under-bid peers, I’d like conferences to offer free diversity tickets for the value of a speaker fee instead.

  • If possible, I’d like you to cover my travel and hotel. I need to be able to concentrate on your event. I can not do so if I need to find lodging and organise travel in addition to presenting. I don’t expect first class or business class flights, but I do expect to arrive a day before the event and leave the day after with lodging organised in between. I don’t want to book and pay myself and get reimbursed.

There are always options to discuss about these things. I’m a reasonable person and if you spend your time creating a great event where money isn’t your main goal, we’ll find a way to work things out.

When Things Go Wrong…

Even with the best intentions, there may be trouble and I might not be available for your event. You may also change your mind. If that happens, here’s what I want to happen.

  • ✓ Please provide the contact details (email, phone, WhatsApp, Telegram, & Signal) of a contact person in your team in advance, so that I can notify them of such events. I don’t want to dive into your website to find such information in case of emergency.

  • ✓ When I can not attend for some reason or another, I will try to find a replacement presenter to fill in for me. I cannot guarantee this, however.

  • ✓ When for some reason you decide to slash my speaking slot, I expect you to cover any cost incurred so far, particularly if I booked other appointments around your event that aren’t refundable.

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This page is shamelessly copied inspired by Christian Heilmann’s own speaking terms.