Juggling several speaking engagements coming up, I’m reminded of how hard the job of conference organizers is. Â Having helped to run ApacheCon as part of a volunteer team for years, I know how difficult it is to select talks, wrangle speaker acceptances (and rejections), and ensure your final conference schedule is appealing. Â Updating the clunky CFP system and keepingÂ the finicky schedule website updated are two problems that software hasn’t solved yet.
Equally important is how the conference acceptance & organization process works from the speaker’s side. Â Remember? Â Those people who make all the content your conference relies on? Â All those people who you love and appreciate – not that you pay them anything – and who you’ll do anything to fix last-minute problems for? Â While we can’t prevent all the last minute problems, there are a few simple steps to improve the speaker communication process to help prevent problems.