I started doing talks to get into a conference for free, this was back in 2007 when I was working for a startup which had no money. It was at a small agile conference in Oslo, Norway. As it turned out, I enjoyed doing talks. It was nerve wrecking, but it I also enjoyed speaking to people about things I felt strongly about.

In the beginning I did them in my native language, Norwegian. As I got more comfortable with speaking, I challenged myself into doing it in English.