How to propose a talk and get it accepted

How to propose a talk and get it accepted

Always wanted to propose a technology conference talk? This talk covers selecting a topic, interpreting the CFP, writing the proposal, and reasons for rejection.

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Laura Thomson

March 22, 2013
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  1. 2013-03-21! Secrets To Success:

  2. Overview

  3. What should I talk about?

  4. Where should I submit my talk?

  5. Talk venues

  6. Submission and review process

  7. Types of talks

  8. Technology teaching

  9. Broader technology skills

  10. Vendor talks

  11. Case studies and War Stories

  12. Your FOSS project

  13. State of the X

  14. Random stuff from left field

  15. Aside: Tutorials and Workshops

  16. Aside: Panels

  17. Aside: Lightning Talks and Ignite

  18. Calls for Papers

  19. Call for Papers

  20. Interpreting the CFP

  21. Example- php|tek

  22. What the organizers want

  23. Fitting the CFP

  24. Example - MySQL Connect

  25. Key point - vendor conference

  26. Aside: Tracks at conferences

  27. Key points - Specific guidelines

  28. Example: OSCON

  29. Topics vs Tracks

  30. Tracks (excerpt)

  31. How do I interpret this?

  32. Writing your proposal

  33. What you need

  34. Titles

  35. Abstracts, Descriptions

  36. Abstract - Examples

  37. Description - Example

  38. Description - Example

  39. Key point: enough information

  40. Your bio

  41. Example

  42. Sample talks

  43. What selectors look for

  44. Who`s reviewing my talk?

  45. It`s really simple

  46. Reasons to reject

  47. You broke the rules

  48. Not bad, but...

  49. Multiple talks on the same topic

  50. Sometimes you get Rasmused

  51. Other reasons

  52. Yay! I got accepted

  53. Turning your proposal into a talk

  54. A final note for the unwary

  55. Questions?