Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

Tag: presenting

Leading the Blockchain Dev Camp at Iloilo, Philippines

Today, I am writing this article from my desk at Sofia, Bulgaria. But several days ago, I was saying goodbye to my new Filipino friends at Iloilo, Philippines.

I, along with my team at Kingsland University and Software University, just finished leading a one month immersive Blockchain Development camp there.

The Blockchain Dev Camp, Iloilo, Philippines

The experience was great. For both trainers and students.
Want to learn more? Read on.

Continue reading

Why bother presenting as a developer?

This week, I was invited to give a talk at Questers about the topic – Why should we bother presenting as developers?

The reason I gave this talk was because there is so much misunderstanding about the value we get from presenting as developers. You might think it is something totally unrelated to development, right?

After all, we are paid to write code, not talk about it. Instead of wasting time creating pretty slides, we can learn the new JS framework. That’s totally better!

Presenting is something managers do. Professional speakers do. And… that’s about it? Right? Right?

Well, actually. Presenting is something we all ought to do. Whether you are in software development, in sales or whatever. And in this article, you will learn what is the value of presenting for you as a software development professional.

Continue reading

Why Bother Presenting as a developer @Questers

Over the past few weeks, I have been leading various presentations on the topic of “presentations” at Ocado Technology.

One of those topics was particularly interesting to the audience. Due to this, I was invited to lead it on a public Questers Tech Talk.

I am very happy to be able to present this topic to the open public as it is something I am quite passionate about.

The event will be held on 12th June (Tuesday, next week) in Questers office – “Henrik Ibsen” str. 17, Sofia.

So would you like to hear the gist of it?

Well, as we both know, developers normally don’t care about presentations. Why don’t we just stick to our code, right?

However, have you noticed who the most renowned developers are? Is it those who work the hardest? Or is there something else, which plays a big role?

In this presentation, I will explain why taking up presenting as a developer can help you skyrocket your career greatly!

No more spoilers, see you there!

Oh, and food and drinks are on us. You just bring your enthusiasm and curiosity.

 

The Productive Developer @ WordCamp Sofia 2017

After spending one great weekend at WordCamp Sofia 2017, I feel energized from all the great people I met there and all the awesome talks I saw.

It was a great event. WordPress people sure know how to make a conference. What also caught my attention was the professionalism of the speakers there.

Despite being a community event, most of the speakers had very professional slides and presented pretty well. On most of the events I go, I see those “Death by PowerPoint” presentations and I feel like that’s just how things are.

But at this event, I saw the tendency of many speakers getting literate in terms of their presentation design. They really put a lot of effort in their slides and presentations.  I even saw some things which were helpful for me as well and helped me improve my presentations!

It was a great conference. If you want to check out all the awesome talks from WordCamp Sofia 2017, visit this playlist.

My talk was less WordPress driven, but even so I believe it can be of great use to anyone who cares about being as great of a developer as he can get.

My talk is about Productivity. About the mindset behind being disciplined and performing in your work and using the right tools to help you achieve more.

It’s titled The Productive Developer.

The idea for this talk evolved through my blog and my original post with the same name.

So, if you care about advancing yourself and your career, give it a look:

My experience with “Future Is Code”

“Future is Code” is an initiative aimed to inspire the young people of Bulgaria to start learning programming by showing them how cool it is. Professionals from the IT industry usually go to their schools from their hometowns and make a 45 minute presentation on a topic of their choice.

Last year, I have visited more than 20 schools throughout the country and led various presentations in front of varied audiences. Next week, I am starting this initiative again.

I want to share with you my experience on this journey, what problems I have faced and how I have resolved them and tell you how you can take advantage of such an opportunity.

Continue reading

BulgariaEnglish