I speak at a lot of conferences and I like to think I am being invited because my talks are a mix of interesting and informative with just a dash of southern charm that you only get from being Canadian.
Thursday, May 05, 2010
Paying to Speak at Conferences ain’t a bad thing.
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Because I speak so much I think I understand the conference scene pretty good and found a recent blog post by Scott Stratten interesting because he was saying that a certain conference was charging to speak at their event and he didn’t like it.
Now I don’t and wont pay to speak anywhere. I will waive my fee for friends or a great opportunity but paying to speak is not something I would do so he and I are similar in that way but I don’t share the same passion as Scott on this subject because paying to speak at a conference isn’t such a bad thing under certain circumstances.
If I was a freelance consultant offering my services to a specific industry I would absolutely pay to speak at very targeted conference because it would be an investment the same way as advertising is but this would be laser targeted and probably reap a financial return right away. There is no better way to develop new business then to stand on a stage and prove to people through your own work examples how great working with you would benefit them.
There are plenty other sides to this argument but on a whole it is just about opportunities matching your personal or professional goals…and if you don’t want to pay to speak because it doesn’t match your goals then do what I do….I delete those offers.
What says you?