Recently on twitter, @johncongdon asked me about proposals for conferences. Specifically, he asked if I had any examples that I can share because he was considering submitting to a conference. While I don’t have any examples to share, I can give you some advice on the topic.
First things first
Read Tips on how to get accepted as a speaker at a PHP conference, if you haven’t already. The process of getting accepted starts a lot earlier than the proposal, you need to lay the groundwork first.
Those of you who follow me on twitter (@calevans) know that recently I asked for opinions on conference attendance. I’ve collected what I learned in this blog post.
Who I asked
First I asked my friends who were speakers why they attended. I got a lot of good answers but most were variations of “…because someone else picks up the tab.” :) (It should be noted that of the speakers I asked, only one was a professional speaker who collects a fee and even he attends some conferences just because they are fun)