Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How To Get Invited To speakerconf

Every year it seems that someone is disappointed (or even insulted) that they didn't receive an invite to speakerconf. If you haven't gotten an invite at this point, contrary to popular belief, it's not because Josh and I hate you. There's actually very little magic that goes into receiving a speakerconf invite, so it probably makes sense to put the formula out there.

I'm not a big fan of receiving spam, and while I consider speakerconf to be a great event, I'm sure some people will consider speakerconf related email to be spam. With that in mind, I generally don't like to email people I don't know out of the blue. Along the same lines, some people are going to politely decline every invite I send their way. The less I know you, the less likely I am to continue inviting you, simply because I don't want to bother you. If you say to me "please keep me in mind in the future," I will. If you don't, I'll likely default on the safe side of not bothering you until you show some interest.

So, if you haven't gotten an invite lately (or ever) it's likely only because I don't want to bother you.

With that out of the way, here's roughly how we select who to invite to speakerconf:
speakerconf needs sponsors to run in the way that Josh and I want to run it. If you've previously attended a speakerconf you can guarantee yourself an invite if your company is willing to become a sponsor. If you've never attended a speakerconf you can also guarantee yourself an invite by getting your company to become a sponsor and getting an endorsement from any one of the speakerconf alumni (list available at If you are interested in discussing specifics, drop me an email (

If you're not interested in sponsoring, your invite depends on space or endorsements. If you've previously attended a speakerconf and you'd like to return, all you need to do is let me know. If we have space at the next event, I'll gladly extend you an invite. If we don't have space, I'll extend you an invite to the following event.

Future speakerconf events will likely have a maximum number of 20 attendees. Approximately 15 spots will be reserved for alumni, and the remaining ~5 spots will be available to anyone who has never attended a speakerconf. If you would like to grab one of those spots, all you need to do is get as many alumni as you can to email me and endorse you. They don't need to send a long email, something as simple as "you should invite Josh Graham to the next speakerconf" will do. Then, approximately 6 months before an upcoming speakerconf I will invite the 5 most alumni endorsed new comers.

That's it. If you want to join us all you need to do is to utilize your network or become a sponsor. Hopefully this view into the invitation process will help avoid any disappointment in the future.

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