Don’t Fear the CFP

Matt Stratton
Dec 22, 2017 · 8 min read

Submitting a Talk Can Be Really Intimidating

You Don’t Have to Write the Whole Talk to Submit It

You Can Use a Talk to Learn Something


How Do I Come Up With an Idea For a Talk Anyway?

Something you have done

Something that you have learned recently

Something that you find super interesting

Something that you want to learn about

Where to Submit Talks

Forget about places like Velocity

Places that aren’t familiar with your particular area

DevOpsDays Ignites


You Don’t Have to PREED It

Sad Paul is sad

Don’t Overkill


Try Out New Material “On the Road”

“What’s the deal with containers, anyway?”

Use the Buddy System

Q&A is Your Friend

The best tech talks are in 3-D

PROTIP #1

Store all of your speaking stuff in a GitHub repo

PROTIP #2

Create a “speaker page” on your blog/website


What are YOUR Goals?

Matt Stratton

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Host of Arrested DevOps. Organizer of devopsdays. DevOps Evangelist at PagerDuty.

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