Sophie Alpert

Why we host conference talk dry runs

I’ve been a part of organizing React Conf for the last few years. One thing we do differently from most conferences is that we do dry runs with each speaker in the couple weeks leading up to the conference.

We have them run their full talk and slides uninterrupted from top to bottom, then we give feedback afterwards. Here’s why:

Ultimately, this whole process is win-win: speakers love it because it makes their talks better, and we love it because it makes our conference better.

If you’re curious, here are the most common pieces of feedback I end up giving: