At ESPC17 we’ll be bringing the community together across four special days and a host of formats, from tutorials to keynote sessions. The European SharePoint, Office365 and Azure Conference is the leading event of its kind in Europe where developers, end users, business decision makers, IT Professionals & more come together to learn, explore and problem solve. If you have not considered speaking at this event, then you should read the following.
1 – You may know better
Have you been to a conference and been unhappy at the quality of the person speaking? Have you ever sat there thinking ‘this is not the level I need’? Chances are you are an expert in your area and probably know better. The European SharePoint, Office365 and Azure Conference is your place to showcase this expert knowledge.
2 – Speakers like to meet other Speakers
Network with other Rock Stars from the SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure world. Get up close and friendly with members of the Microsoft Redmond Team.
3 – Network
When speaking at a conferences, you have an excellent opportunity to network with attendees. Apart from the Speaking slot that you are assigned, you have the chance to attend events that are both during the conference and after the conference – such as scheduled conference parties, which offer a relaxed environment for networking.
4 – Share Accumulated Knowledge
According to Google API developer Pamela Fox, ‘When I learn things, I have this burning desire to share what I’ve learnt. I hate thinking that there might be someone out there who might benefit from what I’ve learnt, and me knowing that I’m hoarding that information.’
5 – Its good karma
You have to give freely while letting go of thoughts of receiving back. It may not come back from the same source you give, but it will come back to you tenfold from other places. When you sincerely give freely, you will receive (Marcella, 2015).
6 – Learn new knowledge from many developers at once
Your audience will often share their own experience with technology you are speaking about and other solutions they have used. According to Fox, ‘after I give a talk on a particular technology, that gives developers in the audience an opportunity to come up and tell me about their experience with that technology’.
7 – Learn from other Speakers
By attending the European SharePoint, Office365 and Azure Conference 2017 as a speaker, you also get to learn from the presentations of other speakers, attend events or even host your own ancillary event.
8 – Take recognition for your hard work
Chances are, you are currently using many open-source frameworks and libraries. At ESPC we encourage the authors of these tools to become speakers. To us, you are the celebrities in this domain, and it’s a win-win: we will promote you as ‘the creator of X’ and you get recognition for your hard work and raise your own profile.
Speaking at a leading European conference will super charge you LinkedIn profile and add kudos to your résumé.
10 – Your Personal brand
Just like blogging can be great for your brand, so can conferences. Why? Because people get to see and interact with you (Patel, 2017).
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Patel, N. (2017). Is It Worth Speaking at Conferences?. [online] Available at: https://www.quicksprout.com/2015/05/13/is-it-worth-speaking-at-conferences/ [Accessed 13 Jan. 2017].
Fox, P. (2013). Why Do I Speak at Conferences?. [online] Blog.pamelafox.org. Available at: http://blog.pamelafox.org/2013/08/why-do-i-speak-at-conferences.html [Accessed 13 Jan. 2017].
Marcella, L. (2015). Unlock Your Seventh Sense. 1st ed. Balboa Pr.