While running CFP Land I’ve had the opportunity to meet with and learn from dozens of speakers around the world. The community has been amazingly welcoming and helpful, so I wanted to give some of this knowledge back by releasing a comprehensive guide to speaking at technology conferences.

Table of Contents

  1. An Introduction to Technology Conferences
  2. Why Speak? 11 Reasons People Get on Stage
  3. How Conferences Choose Speakers
  4. Finding and Selecting CFPs (“Calls for Proposals”)
  5. Submitting Abstracts
  6. What Comes Next? Dealing with Success or Rejection
  7. Preparing a Presentation
  8. Preparing for a Conference
  9. 101 Technology Conference Speaking Tips
  10. Joining the Speaker Community

Whether you’re preparing for your first speaking engagement, speaking at your 100th event, or not sure how to even get started, this guide will get you on the right track. I’ve compiled and organized hundreds of pieces of advice from over 30 interviews I’ve done with speakers as well as some of the blog posts recommended to me along the way.

Because everyone reading this will start at a different level of experience speaking, you can either jump straight to the section you find most relevant using the Table of Contents above, or read all the sections sequentially by looking for the “Next” link at the bottom of each page.

As you read through these chapters, you may have your own ideas or resources to suggest. That’s great! I’d love to continue refining and building this guide with help from the community. Just shoot me an email with the tips you’d like to add, and I’ll keep updating this resource.

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