Question please. At what point did you feel you were ready to submit a talk proposal for the first time? What made you decide to do it, "now"?
I got lucky. Being one of the co-founders of DEV, the first few times I gave talks was because people approached me about it. The first CFP I submitted (which I didn't get!) was a joint talk with someone who had already been giving talks regularly. That helped me feel more comfortable about putting myself out there.
I think 'now' is when you have an idea or message you'd like to share. If you're noodlin' with some concepts, I'd go through the exercise of putting a talk together. If that's uphill battle, maybe you're not ready but chances are, you have something to say and you are ready!
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