I think we should do more to encourage people to speak at our conferences and workshops. Specifically people who've never given a talk. I think there are a number of things we can do to encourage them, and one of the ideas I had was to talk to people who are widely accepted to be good speakers, and see what they had to say. This is the start of a series of posts, based on those conversations.
I figured that there would be a mix of experiences, suggestions, and that it would show that there's no single approach that works.
My original plan was to ask 2 or 3 questions of 2 or 3 people. I came up with a few questions, but the responses from the first person I asked prompted more questions, and that happened with the second person too. I've been wrestling with how to distil this down, but realised I shouldn't even try, at least not for now. So I'm going to pick off individual pieces, post about those, and see where it takes me.
Feel free to suggest additional questions I should ask them, and more people I should ask.
Also, I'd be happy to hear of blog posts, videos, and other resources that can help new speakers steel themselves to submitting their first talk proposal.comments powered by Disqus