At GroupBy we want to help new speakers succeed. To do that, we’ll need your help.
This year, we’re continuing the GroupBy Mentorship program. Why? Because we want the next generation of data experts to feel confident when sharing their knowledge with others, and we want to present only the best content at our events.
We’ve closed our call for Mentors and will announce our lineup for the May 2021 event soon!
What being a mentor looks like
Don’t worry about having all the answers. Most what makes a good mentor is showing up, having some experience, and having some idea on how to make things better.
There isn’t a rigid program to follow, but here are some of the questions that tend to come up from more novice speakers:
- How do I manage my presentation time?
- Is this the best way to design my slides?
- What do I do if I lose my place?
In addition to answering these sorts of questions, you can share your general advice on best practices and provide personal expertise. But this is the least important, because often people just need someone walking alongside them, not in front of them. You don’t have to be an expert to be a good mentor. That said, it’s good to have opinions on what a good presentation looks like.
You can read more about our philosophy of mentorship here.