By David Alan Grier, IEEE Computer Society President
You've got to read the audience. It's one of hardest things you need to do when you are giving a technical talk. Are they looking for details and guidance? Are they looking for inspiration and vision of the future? Again, if that is what they want then you had better be prepared to give it to them. How about a fair and honest assessment of the state of technical careers? That is not as common among audiences. Therefore, you had better be ready for comments if you are giving that kind of talk. Read more
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