How to Become a Conference Speaker, and Why You Should

In any week somewhere in the world, you’ll find a pack of programmers, product managers and startup founders hitting their choice of conferences, expos, trade shows, summits, or talks. There are more than a few people who, like professional Hackathon competitors, spend a good part of each calendar year carrying a souvenir tote bag and wearing a lanyard at a convention centre. So much so, in fact, that their life becomes a blur of venues, after-parties, long lunch lines, and darkened rooms where a speaker on stage shares their wisdom—all on someone else’s dime. But while you’ve probably attended a least a few events so far this year, have you ever thought of speaking at one? Let’s take a look at how you can become a conference speaking and how it might benefit you.
Why Do You Want to Be a Speaker?
Why do it? Unless you’re in a job where your role explicitly requires public speaking such as working an evangelist, it might not be something you’ve thought of before.  Speaking at a conference or event is a way to share your ideas, stories, and experiences with others, invite debate, and build connections. DZone Leader Chris Ward is an experienced conference speaker and has presented talks in Berlin, Brussels, Croatia and other far-flung places this year. He commented:

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