IOUG accepted both my Toastmasters and Python talks for Collaborate 18. RMOUG also accepted them both so I will be doing these two talks in both February and April. I am a little surprised because I have had talks rejected by IOUG in the past. There are a lot of great speakers competing for speaking slots. This is my first time for RMOUG so I did not know how hard it would be to get a talk accepted. I put both talks in for both conferences not knowing if either would be accepted and both were at both conferences! So, 2018 will be a busier year than normal for me in terms of speaking at conferences. My last conference was two years ago at Oracle OpenWorld where I spoke about Delphix, a tool that I use with the Oracle database. Next year I’m talking about two things that I feel passionate about. The talks are not about the Oracle database but they are about things I have learned that have helped me in my Oracle database work. They are about how Toastmasters has helped me improve my speaking and leadership skills and about why the Python programming language has become my favorite general purpose scripting tool. I am looking forward to giving the talks. If you are able to attend one of the conferences maybe you could check out one of my talks. Fun.