If you've ever thought about submitting a topic to speak at a technology conference, but never quite knew how to take those first steps, check out this advice from Beth Tucker Long. It's a list of steps and reminders to follow when thinking about your topics and submitting.
I've been on both sides of the proverbial conference table. I have been the one submitting proposals, hoping against hope that they will pick mine, and I have been on the selection committee, struggling to choose between hundreds of awesome proposals when you only have a few talk slots available. Through these varied experiences, I've learned a few things about what works and what doesn't when submitting a conference proposal.
Her list includes things like:
- First and foremost, remember to hit spell-check
- Have someone else read your submission
- Identify a clear problem that the topic of your talk will help solve
- Be honest about your topic
- Share past feedback in the comments or notes section
- Submit a lot of proposals