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Tips on how to get accepted as a speaker at a PHP conference

Dear Reader,

I sit here this morning working on my sixth PHP conference (ZendCon 06, 07, 08, DPC 09, tekx and now ZendCon 10) I have to sit back and reflect on how lucky I am. I get paid to help select the sessions that developers from around the world will sit in and learn in. It is truly humbling when I think about it.

One of the few downsides to planning a conference though is that any given Call for Papers usually generates a nine to one ratio of proposals to speaking slots. Do the math and you will see that for every one person I get to make happy, eight more think I am a total douche, or worse. I call the email’s “Dear John’s” because “rejection letters” seems so ugly. No matter what you call them though, it is never a happy time.
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Will Speak for Cab Fare

Dear Reader,

In late September and early October, I will be part of the CodeWorks 09 tour. During CodeWorks I will be giving two new talks, “Design Patterns” and “5 Things”. I won’t, however, have the opportunity to give one of my favorite talks, “Open Teams:What Corporate IT Can Learn from Open Source Projects”. (If you’ve not read the blog post or reviewed the slides from the presentation, feel free to follow the link and see what it’s all about.)
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