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Joe Devon's Blog:
How to get your talk accepted, experiences on the advisory board of Semtech & Zend
September 08, 2011 @ 08:56:58

As a result of the ZendCon advisory board for this year's event, Joe Devon has posted a guide that wants to help you get your talks accepted to conferences in the future (both PHP-related and not).

For those who don't know what an advisory board is, conference organizers get loads of proposals and need help deciding who should speak. So they ask others in the industry to provide some feedback. It was quite a learning experience.

He talks some about the "speaker backlash" that comes from being rejected, a lack of professionalism in some submittors and some basic (common sense) recommendations like:

  • fill out the form completely, even if you don't think it's all useful
  • start locally and then move up. A major conference isn't the place to try out your speaking first-shot
  • whet the board's appetite - make them want to hear more about the topic or come up with something new
  • share your unique experience with the technology
  • use sites like Joind.in, Meetup and SlideShare to your advantage
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