How do I get selected to speak at a testing conference?

Joel Montvelisky, Chief solution architect at PractiTest – test management tool, and Rob Lambert, Director of cultivated management, a tech consulting company with today’s topic: How do I get selected to speak at a testing conference?

  1. After figuring out the reason you want to speak at a conference, make sure you target the right conference. If the conference’s crowd is difficult, the experience can get overwhelming.
  2. Make your research before targeting the conference: it’s history, former speakers, the specific conference’s subject and see if it fits in with what you want to talk about.
  3. Understand that the purpose of the submission process is to get accepted to speak.
  4. The audience in the admission process is potentially a different one from the audience in the conference and they have to review a lot of submissions.
  5. Invest time in your presentation. Review it over and over and ask feedbacks from friends and colleagues.
  6. In the process of targeting a conference, first get the conference papers and review them carefully.
  7. If the topic is closer to you personally, you will find it easier to find what to say about it. Speaking on personal experience can help people relate to what you have to say, try adding innovation to your personal stories.
  8. Figure out a few ideas you have on the topic and develop them.
  9. You can mention the tools and techniques your using, as well as thoughts from experts in the industry.
  10. You don’t have to focus on one topic only, you can submit more than one presentation. Make sure that if you do have more than one topic you want to speak about, separate the ideas into different presentations.
  11. Invest time in picking the right title, a compelling title can raise interest and get you selected.
  12. The presentation summary can be extremely important. Try making it clear and specific, and let your audience know what they can gain from your presentation. In addition, staying humble, if it sounds too good to be true, it is probably is.
  13. The bio also requires your attention. Try being descriptive regarding the different jobs you had (as long as it relevant), and emphasize the good at the beginning of the bio.
  14. If you got to speak in a meet-up, it is a legitimate point to write in your bio. The experience will also help you get familiar with the experiment of talking in front of a crowd.
  15. If you have a blog or any published posts or articles, you can also put that on your bio. It can serve as PR.
  16. The process of being selected is very intuitive and you will learn how to approach the submission over time. Also, everybody is getting rejected, don’t let it put you down.
  17. When you get rejected, try to figure out why and what did you do wrong. Simply ask when you get the rejection message.
  18. Don’t wait for the last minute, most conferences will start reviewing presentations the moment you send them. If you send them early, they will spend more time reviewing them.
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