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Discussion on: Where do you find conference CFPs?

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jess unrein Author

A call for proposal. It’s the form you fill out when you’re applying to a conference. Your response is competitively evaluated against other applicants.

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leob

Thanks! Not familiar at all with the world of conferences. Do most conferences pay you for speaking? Wondering if it's something that generates income for you.

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jess unrein Author • Edited

At my level speaking is really more of a way to get comped conferences and professional development. I’m sure people who keynote regularly can make some money off of it, but for me any payment beyond a comped ticket and travel expenses is usually fairly modest.

However, there are conferences like Grace Hopper that don’t comp anything and make their speakers buy a ticket. I am fundamentally opposed to that and think you should never speak at a conference that does that. My general rule is I don’t pay for travel or lodging to speak at any conference that charges its attendees. I will, however, pay for travel and such to speak at a conference that’s free to attendees, like PyOhio.

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leob

Totally agree! They should at least allow you free entrance. Having you speak at their conference AND pay a ticket is pretty ridiculous, it means they're profiting two times from you. But that goes to show that for some companies or people profit not ethics is the only thing that counts.

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jess unrein Author

It’s the same old refrain - “we’re giving you exposure!” 🙃

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leob

Yeah right ... nice try :-)