Welcome to the PHP Community

Nara Kasbergen (14.Nov.2018 at 09:00, 40 min)
Keynote at php[world] 2018 (English - US)

Rating: 4 of 5

Congratulations! By attending php[world], you are now a full-fledged member of the PHP community. My goal is to make that seem exciting instead of intimidating, especially if this is your first PHP conference (or perhaps even your first tech conference altogether!). But even if you’ve attended php[world] before, there is probably more you can get out of the conference and give back to the community. Maybe you’re an introvert or struggle with social anxiety, and fully engaging with the conference and fellow attendees has always seemed scary or physically exhausting. As an introvert with moderate social anxiety myself, I can relate.

But becoming involved in the PHP community has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, so I’m here to help you overcome these challenges. From navigating the talk schedule to deciding whether or not to attend the official and unofficial after-hours events, I’ll offer advice for how to get the most out of the conference based on what you’re hoping to take away. For the introverts in the audience, we’ll discuss how to build in breaks for quiet time so you can recharge and be at your best for the rest of the conference. For those struggling with social anxiety, we’ll coordinate groups to sit together at lunch and talk about other strategies to handle the evening socials so you can meet new people without overwhelming yourself. I’ll go over the speaker lineup and introduce you to some of the stalwarts of the PHP community, most of whom would be more than happy to talk to you one-on-one. In the process, I’ll mention several organizations (local, national and international) within the PHP community or adjacent to it that are worth knowing about and involvement in whom is a great way to keep in touch after the conference ends. We’ll also discuss the importance of giving feedback on the sessions you attend using joind.in and review best practices for how to write constructive comments. Finally, I’ll go over ways to become more involved in the community, such as contributing to open source, blogging, or speaking at meetups and conferences — and why the latter isn’t nearly as scary as you might think, even as an introvert with social anxiety.

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Rating: 5 of 5

14.Nov.2018 at 09:55 by Colin O'Dell (120 comments) via Web2 LIVE

As a shy, introverted speaker myself this talk strongly resonated with me. Nara did an excellent job welcoming new members to the community, giving tips on having a successful experience, and providing a path on how to grow yourself and the community.

Rating: 5 of 5

14.Nov.2018 at 10:11 by Eric Mann (50 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Fantastic introduction to the event and the community as a whole.

Rating: 5 of 5

14.Nov.2018 at 11:23 by Steve Grunwell (135 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great introduction to the community as a whole, and led nicely into the "New to php[world]?" Birds of a Feather session.

Rating: 5 of 5

14.Nov.2018 at 11:43 by Brian Sanders (10 comments) via Web2 LIVE

This was a very fish rank5 (aka excellent) introductory talk for the conference. I've been inspired to give my local PHP Meetup a try. Lots of engaged and nodding heads in the audience. No idea there were so many first-timers at this conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

14.Nov.2018 at 18:56 by Michael Miller (5 comments) via Web2 LIVE

As a first time attendee at PHPWorld, this talk introduced me to a lot of organizations (NomadPHP, PHP Mentoring) and methods for getting involved in the community that I was not previously aware of. I'm now looking for a local user group in my area that I can get more involved in.

Rating: 1 of 5

16.Nov.2018 at 17:01 by T Capece (4 comments) via Web2 LIVE

First of all, I give Nara all the credit in the world for fighting her fears and getting up on stage in front of so many. It was obvious she was fairly nervous and it was a struggle for her to be up there. That said, I feel she lacked the energy needed to kick off a conference of this magnitude. The opening keynote (in my opinion) should get the conference participants excited and enthused about the upcoming events. The only time she seemed energized was at the very end when she stated that she is excited because her talk is concluding. It's just not how a large event should get under way. Just my constructive criticism.

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