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A friend of mine who used to work for a big tech multinational tells a story about a former colleague of hers. This guy, a senior software developer - let’s call him Frank - was asked to give a talk to one of the Marketing teams about the current release of the company’s software.
If you speak at conferences, chances are you’ve had a proposal rejected (See below summary of reasons why). Rejection stings, whatever game you’re in. Author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury is reputed to have advised writers to paper a wall in their house with their rejection letters.
Once you’ve spoken at few conferences and proven yourself to be a safe pair of hands, you’ll very quickly get called on to participate in a panel discussion. Panel discussions are used by conference organizers to break up a series of talks, bring in experts who may not have time to prepare a talk, and fill in for missing speakers. If you want to raise your profile, it’s always a good idea to let the organizer know that you’re up for participating in, and leading, panel discussions.
(metsitaba is also a startup. Read my weekly diary in the Irish Independent newspaper to follow our story. Warning: radical openness!)