Speaking at conferences

conferencesspeakingcommunity Sun 7 August 2016

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.

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