Brian Marick on How to get invited to conferences:
Someone asked me for advice on how to get invited to speak at conferences. Key advice:
- become a valuable participant in a niche field,
- grow along with the niche,
- become a good speaker.
There's more, of course; there's always more; it's a good discussion of how he found a growing niche and helped popularize it in part by viewing things from a novel perspective.
Pick an issue. You need an issue that the profession as a whole is not really thinking about, but which is going to be the center of attention in five years.
- Having chosen your issue, start a project to study it.
- Find relevant people and talk to them. First do your library work so you know any conventional wisdom that's out there. Then talk to some working professionals who are facing the issue, especially if they have spoken publicly about an aspect of it.
- Pull together what you've heard. Nobody is expecting you to solve the problems.
- Circulate the result. Send copies to the people who helped you. Call it a draft or interim report if you want. Give credit to the people whose ideas you've written down. Then follow up.
- Build on your work. Get invited to speak at meetings. Correspond with people who have contacted you after reading your work.