How to Find Open Calls for Speakers for Conferences

first_imgAfter attending many conferences over the years, you’ve decided you want to be a conference speaker. Congratulations!Speaking at a conference is a great way to share your knowledge, lessons learned, and expertise. You’ll have unique opportunities to meet and connect with other conference speakers. And generally, you’ll attend the conference for free. You’ll also meet a lot of conference attendees and become better known in your field. Which can lead to more speaking opportunities, as well as career opportunities.You’ve identified your topic and written an outline of your presentation.But, where do you look to find conference calls for speakers? And how do you find out if the conference is one you want to speak at? Local MeetupsThe first place to learn about conferences is local meetups. The number of local meetups has increased tremendously over the past few years, due to the ease of organizing events through online sites like Meetup and Eventbrite. Join the local meetup if you’re not already a member. They’re an excellent way to meet fellow colleagues and stay current in your field. And they offer an opportunity for you to speak on your topic in a comfortable setting. Establishing yourself as a local speaker will go far in becoming better known for your knowledge and expertise. Let members know you’re interested in speaking at a conference. Conference organizers will often invite people they know, or know about through their network. Also, the local meetup leaders and fellow members are great sources of information about conferences. They may have attended or spoken at a conference, and can share first-hand information about it.You can discover whether the conference is a good match for your topic, what conference organizers expect in talk proposals, and demographics for the attendees. If meetup members have been turned down for conference proposals, they may be able to share information on why the proposal wasn’t accepted. Good conference organizers will follow up with speakers and offer suggestions for improving the talk proposal the next year.LanyrdHow would you like one online site to learn about past and current conferences, their speakers, and find out about call for proposals? Lanyrd is a social professional events directory I wrote about earlier this year. It’s the one place I recommend for anyone who wants to organize, attend, or speak at a conference. I’ve been using Lanyrd for years, adding conference information, session and speaker updates, as well as links to conference slides, videos, writeups, blog posts, and photos.What’s not so well known about Lanyrd, is its Calls for participation section. The section isn’t easy to find, though I’m not sure why. It’s a great resource for anyone looking for conference calls for proposals, workshops, exhibitors, and more.In Calls for participation, you can search for conferences by field (think biology, user experience, content strategy, project management) and narrow your search by geographic area (by city, state, or country). Conference organizers add the call for proposals on Lanyrd, including information about the speaking opportunity, process, compensation (if any), cost to attend conference as a speaker (often free), and deadline.Note: Based on my experience, I’ve noticed conference organizers are usually good about describing the speaking opportunities and all their details, but forget to add the conference topics on Lanyrd. It may take some additional work on your part in Lanyrd’s call for participation search to locate a conference for your field. How have you found out about conference calls for speakers? Have you found out about calls through local meetups or Lanyrd? Let me know in the comments what you’ve found most helpful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOn Speaking and PresentationsI didn’t realize how many speaking posts I’ve written until one of my blog readers sent me a thank you note this weekend. Thank you, Deborah, these are helpful tips for learning about speaking opportunities, she wrote. I noticed you’ve written several speaking posts this year. Do you have them…In “Conference”Speaking at Local Events vs. National ConferencesMy husband tells me to get over it. I continue to be surprised by people who reply to me they’re “too busy” to speak at local events or Meetup groups. However, they find time to travel out of state to speak at regional and national conferences. What am I missing?…In “Miscellaneous”WordSesh 4: Growing Your WordPress MeetupAt last week’s WordSesh 4 virtual online conference on WordPress, Dee Teal spoke about WordPress meetup organizing, how to grow your meetup and improve the experience for everyone. Here are my notes: Using Typically, is the first place people will visit to learn about your WordPress meetup. Craft…In “WordPress”last_img read more

Social Media in Africa, Part 3: Democracy

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mzalendo is an aggregation platform for tracking the actions, activities and communication of Kenya’s Parliament. For people who want to make sure their elected officials are staying on task, it’s invaluable.When Moroccan blogger Mohamed Erraj was jailed for disparaging the government in his online magazine, Hespress, it was through the efforts of other bloggers (like the writers at GlobalVoicesOnline) and people using applications like Twitter that his story made international news. The added pressure of having the whole world paying attention is perhaps what convinced the Moroccan government to let him free where traditionally his actions could have resulted in much harsher punishment.Rethinking AfricaIn conclusion, Africa is producing some very unique and innovative technologies. There’s more to the continent than the things you see on TV – something people, especially in the tech industry, seem to forget. Where most other markets in the world are incredibly saturated, Africa offers the opportunity to start afresh: new ideas and a billion new people to use them. It’s a big place; nearly one billion people and a land mass where the sum is greater than that of China and the United States combined. For social entrepreneurs and investors, the innovation occurring here is a huge sign of progress that could potentially change the continent’s world standing forever. The most exciting aspect for me, however, is the decreased reliance on developmental aid and foreign groups to provide these solutions. The number of African developers who are beginning to create applications that offer solutions for their own communities is increasing and that, more than anything else, will shape the future of Africa.“If Africa is surprising, then you’re not paying enough attention.” Ethan Zuckerman at PICNIC08You can read more articles by Jon Gosier at also:Social Media in Africa, Part 1and Social Media in Africa, Part 2: Mobile Innovations jonathan gosier 1 Traditionally, the greatest power that governments have held over their people has been information. The promise that connectivity brings to Africa is that people are now using that abundance of information for oversight of government and more interaction with administrations. To say that the propagation of internet and mobile connectivity in Africa has been disruptive is an understatement. A number of web and mobile applications are undermining the efforts of dictators and totalitarian governments, allowing them to be more readily be held accountable for their actions. In this post we profile some of them.Democratizing Information Through TechnologyWhen the Ethiopian government instituted an SMS filtering service to censor mobile communication, the developers behind Feedelix responded swiftly. They created their product Feedlix, a java-based client that supports Amharic, Chinese and Hindi characters. The application then uses GPRS, through internet protocols, to mimic SMS and bypass the censoring filter put in place by the government.Sokwanele is a civic action support group campaigning for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe. Their website includes an ‘election violence map’ that provides detailed information related to localized occurrences of violence related to the election. During the most recent crisis in Zimbabwe, Sokwanele was used to get information out of the country when the government began restricting communication. Tags:#international#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

More to West Indies woes than the missing IPL stars

first_imgIt’s just past the first hour on the opening day of the second Test in Nottingham as I write this and the West Indies are already in deep trouble, having lost four top-order batsmen. It would be fair to say that they are pretty much on the back-foot already. Would Chris Gayle have made a difference?This is a rhetorical question, of course, but worth asking nonetheless. Perhaps Gayle too may not have survived long on a seaming track on which England’s formidable pace attack is always likely to revel, but from a cricket follower’s perspective what is pertinent is that the best player is available.Surely, neither Kirk Edwards nor Adrian Barath, promising young batsmen as they are, quite measure up to Gayle’s class or experience. The brawny left- hander, who was a sensation this IPL season too, has two Test triple centuries to his credit and has spent a decade and more at the international level.That should matter a heck of a lot to a team that is trying to rediscover some of the chutzpah and exhilarating skills that made the Caribbean style of cricket so endearing. Gayle’s presence would have forced England to rework their strategies, perhaps even put some fear in their ranks – apart, of course, from improving the calibre of his own team.It must seem ridiculous that Gayle, who is currently in England, is not with the West Indies team playing against England! Add Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, and you have three players who could strengthen the current West Indies team enormously.advertisementThere is no guarantee that England could have been beaten in the first Test, or before that the Australians in a home series. But scores and performances of the past few months suggest that the West Indies did several things right, but lacked that little class and experience than can make a winning difference.If only wishes were horses… The issue, of course, is not as simple or as easily resolved as getting a few players into the side. West Indies cricket has been awash with complexities arising out of disputes related to player and authority, as also inter-island power-play for almost two decades now. At its worst, this led to revolt, at other times to rancour-driven indiscipline.Whatever the causes, the effect is that West Indies cricket has suffered. A lack of vision and planning in the 1970s and 80s led to a dearth in talent in the early 1990s when greats like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall etc retired. With England ceasing to be an attraction for young West Indians to go to for jobs and the United States as the new El Dorado, cricket too gave way to other sporting pursuits for the generation that grew up then.All this is too well documented to bear repetition here. What is pertinent is that after a dismal two decades, the opportunity exists for West Indies cricket to revive itself from its moribund state. This can only happen if players and administrators – along with the game’s minders at large – are on the same page.The game’s bigger than ever before, and the clamour for the Caribbean brand of cricket keeps growing. In a sense, the IPL and other leagues have sparked off fresh demand for West Indies cricketers, and the players themselves stand to benefit because the prospects of livelihood are enhanced.The flip side to this is that the West Indies cricket can be torn asunder if the players and administrators don’t find common cause, as seems to be the case now. If the administration is indifferent to the needs and sensitivities of the players, and the players see only moolah as the reason for them to play, West Indies cricket may not regain its pristine power or prestige.It beats understanding that the conflict between Gayle and West Indies cricket should fester so long. If it is only about some radio interview he gave, a mediator who is both clever and compassionate should be able to broker a truce pronto.There is also the issue of recognising and nurturing talent. It also beats understanding that Narine is not only overlooked for international matches but is not given a central contract which would keep him in the fold either. If Kolkata Knight Riders’ talent scouts can cough up $ 700,000 for him, surely he is worth something.There are complexities beyond just player-administrator conflict of course. These have to do with how and where the modern game is headed. Without proper windows for leagues like the IPL, the temptation for players from financially weak boards will always be great.advertisementHow that is going to be addressed is not known, but for the present if players like Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Narine can be seen in the maroon West Indies cap, it will be a big step forward.(The writer is a seasoned journalist)last_img read more