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Starting with nothing

##Well, almost nothing

A lot of conferences have calls for proposals (CFPs) months before the conference, but the speakers often present super-fresh stuff. I had a hunch, so I asked the Twitters:

##And?

What I found out did not surprise me, but it might surprise you:

###It’s totally common in academia

###… and in our industry as well

###And it’s highly recommended

###… though not by everyone

###It’s a great way to motivate yourself

###It’s a great way to learn

###But warning: It can be a lot of work

##Learning from rejection

These are the success (mostly) stories of people whose talk proposals got accepted. But what if your proposal is rejected? That might suck, right? But even

kathryn (@krotondo) made good on her promise to write up her thoughts and experiences: lessons from conference rejections. If you are considering submitting talk proposals, and especially if you are worried about rejection, you should read her post. My favourite line is this one:

my advice: let conference organizers decide – don’t let your intimidation prevent you from sending out a proposal.

Amen.

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