We’ve hosted some amazing (and well known) speakers over the years at The BLN: Clayton Christensen, Kathy Sierra, Eric Reis, Seth Godin, Dan Pink.
But you don’t have to be a big name to speak at our events. We love to hear from people with expertise, passion and experience who have not yet become a ‘name’ on the conference circuit. In fact, we actively seek them out: we are especially interested to hear from women and other minorities in the tech industry.
Here are some points to bear in mind:
We don’t run speaker deadlines. A typical event for us has a limited number of speaker slots – when they’re gone, they’re gone. We try, very hard, to curate an overall collection of speakers and topics that give a rounded perspective on the theme of the day. The effect of this is that we sometimes have to turn down people we know to be brilliant speakers because their topic doesn’t fit with what we want to do for that event.
It follows that successful speaking proposals tend to:
- Be directly from people with senior level perspectives (see here for why we prefer a direct approach)
- Be on topic: we are generally quite explicit about the themes we are addressing on the event website, which should help you find a relevant angle
- Include a short description of the topic you would like to address and ideally why it’s relevant to your peer group
- For bonus points, include a link to video of you speaking. We love to get a feel for your style and energy.
- For double bonus points, be submitted early.
And once again, with feeling: we are particularly keen to hear from ‘under-exposed’ speakers and women – if you are just starting out with speaking but have a really interesting topic, we’d love to hear from you.
To apply to speak, please send a note with your thoughts on topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.