Things that Matter To Me As a Speaker.
Beyond the basics such as an enforced code of conduct and covered travel and lodging, there are a few things that I really appreciate as a speaker:
- Speaker dinner / lunch / hangout time. Getting a chance to talk to other speakers in a non-public situation is great for conquering my imposter syndrome. Even if they're super famous, we're still sharing food and I can get a chance to connect as peers.
- Recommended lodging. I've already got to write a speech - do I really have to track down the best hotel too? Having the majority of the conf stay at the same venue can lead to powerful chance meetings between attendees.
- Video of speech. This is such a great artifact for a speaker to have. This can be a powerful tool for finding the next speaking opportunity.