Speaking - The Proposal.
If you've ever thought about public speaking, here are a few things you might like to know about responding to a call for papers:
- Conference organizers have gotten blind submissions emailed to them from folks they've never talked to. If you see a conference you really want to be a part of, just go ahead and send an email - you won't be the first.
- Most folks haven't written their talk when they submit an abstract or proposal. It's common to use the proposal to test for interest in a topic, and then to develop the talk once it's selected.
- You don't have to be an expert to talk about something. You just have to propose an interesting topic, and if selected to you can do the research to fill in your knowledge gaps.
- You can get an idea of what will probably be successful in a proposal by looking conference's talk summaries from previous years. The summaries are often pasted directly from the proposal. Looking at the conference's artifacts is also a great way to get information about the tone and topics of the conference.
- It's fine to submit multiple proposals; just don't submit the same one multiple times.
- Ask for feedback on topics and abstracts from conference organizers, or even previous attendees. Not everyone has the time to provide feedback, but invaluable when you can get it.
More on Speaking and CFP Writing:
- Speaking.io: Writing a CFP
- Accepted abstracts: Nodevember, CSSConf and Cascadia JS (click a speaker and scroll down below the video)
- Brad Frost on Speaking
- Raquel Vélez's Do's and Don'ts for Conference Proposals
- How to Write a Compelling Proposal from WAAA
- An Addendum About Conference Proposals from Voodoo Tiki God
- Sample Proposals from O'Reilly
- The Problem with Tech Conference Talks Lately
- Why You Should Stop Stalling and Start Presenting
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