I'm at a conference right now
I can hear you thinking “You’re at a what now?” and it’s true. I’m at a conference. It’s online though, so no worries. We’re probably still more than a couple of months away from in person conferences.
The conference I’m attending is SwiftHeroes, and I’m due to deliver my talk on Core Data and SwiftUI in a couple of hours.
Speakers had the option to either pre-record their talk or do it live.
I chose to do it live.
Even though I can’t see the audience, and I’ll be talking at my screen the whole time, there’s something about the idea of my talk being live that I find more comforting than pre-recording. In a pre-recorded talk I feel like there almost no room for mistakes. After all, you’re pre-recording so you can do endless retakes.
The endless retakes are what get me. Every “um”, “eh”, mispronunciation, and every awkward pause can be cut or re-recorded. This means that I’d most likely deliver my talk not once, not twice, but most likely five times or more just to get that perfect take. It’s exhausting, and when conference day comes and you watch your pre-recorded talk, you still notice the imperfections.
For that reason, I’d rather do the talk in the moment. Sure, I might make a mistake. But I don’t feel the stress of needing to do a retake if I inevitably do or say something that’s not perfect and that’s a big relief. Just shrug it off, and move on.
If you’re attending Swift Heroes today, I hope to see you there. Just say hi to me on the conference platform!