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Does speaking help an “average devs” career?

I was recently asked this.

I’m going to go with yes. Not in the sense that you’ll make a bunch of money doing it (you won’t), or that you’ll rise to dev stardom and thus tangentially make a bunch of money (you won’t). But in the sense that in order to speak, there are all these things involved:

You’ll need some confidence.
You’ll need to know your material well enough to convey it.
You’ll need to use some tools you probably don’t use very often.
You’ll need to go to the event, involving you in the community.

That list could go on and on. Every one of those things is just good for your life, as well as being part of speaking. So speaking is just good for your life.

To a point, anyway. Nearly every single speaker in this industry I’ve ever known struggles with the correct balance of speaking. Too much, and the return on investment in any regard clearly isn’t there. Too little, and why do it at all?