As a developer, doing talks at tech conferences is great for lots of reasons: boosting your career, promoting your company, and getting more excitement into other parts of your life. As an introvert, though, the best perk as far as I’m concerned is the stream of people who come up and talk to me. No more awkward unstructured break time!
I’ve done almost 30 conference talks since 2009, but I still remember how hard it was to figure out at first. The biggest mystery in the whole process, for me, was responding to a Call For Proposals (CFP).
When a conference has an open CFP, even if you’ve thought of some topics you want to talk about, it’s not obvious how you translate that into a title, an abstract, and a description. I’ll talk about those three here. Sadly, I still have no idea how to write a speaker bio, so you’re still on your own for that. Read more »