Three Reasons to Submit a Presentation to Clojure/West

Clojure/West 2017 is right around the corner, on March 30-31. I've been to four of them and loved every one. The presentations were entertaining, the people I met and hung out with were really cool, and Portland, Oregon is a joy to visit and explore.

If you're at all interested in Clojure, and either 1. dig the conference thing, or 2. are considering going to one for the first time, I can highly recommend Clojure/West. It's a good'un.

But attending is one thing. Speaking is another thing, and I encourage you to submit a presentation! Here are three reasons why.

1. You already kind of want to.

You see, the title of this post is about submitting a presentation, and you clicked on it. So a part of you already kind of wants to. Basically, I hacked your brain. Sorry/not sorry. On to the real reasons.

2. Think about your topic in a new way.

In the same way that writing might improve your thinking, preparing a presentation will further educate you on whatever you plan to speak about, even if you think you're already an expert.

If you present on a project of your own, you'll be challenged to see your own work from a new perspective, which is cool and a little weird. But great! It might even be worth 80 IQ points.

3. Great for first-timers.

Haven't given a presentation at a conference yet? No problem.

3a. Logistics are world-class

I've spoken at Clojure/West four times, and each time, organizers Lynn Grogan and Alex Miller made the process of getting to Portland, staying there in comfort, and getting home super easy and stress-free.

3b. Support and mentorship

I don't have personal experience with this, but the Call for Proposals page makes it clear that speakers can expect help preparing their material even before submitting. As far as I know, this service is rarely offered by conferences.

Then over on the submission form it asks at the bottom if you'd like a speaker mentor. If I was a first-time speaker I would totally take advantage. Nothing has improved my presentations more in the past than working on them with experienced speakers.

Good luck!

Now that you're convinced, it's time to submit a proposal. See you in Portland!

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