How to Submit the Best CFP of Your Life (And What to Do When It Gets Accepted)

Posted on Saturday, Apr 14, 2018
Conference season is fast approaching, but we all know that the true preparation starts months before. In this episode of Community Pulse, Mary, PJ, and Jason sit down with Open Source Consultant and author VM (Vicky) Brasseur to chat about how to craft the best CFPs, navigating the land of limbo, and how to prepare the best talk once you’ve gotten your acceptance notice.

Show Notes

Show Notes

Buckle up and get your notebook ready – this is an episode full of tips and tricks and good advice from an expert.

Checkouts:

Jason:
* Artistworks
* Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real album
* Devopsdays Rockies - watch the livestream on April 17-18 or keep an eye out for the videos

Mary:
* REdeployConf - Aug 16-17, San Francisco. A 360° view of resilient technology, organizations, and people. CFP opening soon!
* Footprints on the Moon - book by Seth Godin

PJ:
* CodeDaze.me - Sept 14-15, Buffalo, NY. A conference dedicated to code, design, development, and everything tech! CFP closes April 30th.
* Just saw a reunion tour for Buffalo emo band Copper under a new name: Gathering Ground

Vicky:
* The No Assholes Rule by Robert I. Sutton
* Open Source: Introverts Together

Guests

VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It’s available at https://fossforge.com. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She’s a moderator and author for opensource.com, a Director for the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.

Hosts

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Senior Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. Jason Hand writes, presents, and coaches on the principles and nuance of DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, and modern incident management practices. Named “DevOps Evangelist of the Year” by DevOps.com in 2016, Jason recently authored a new book on the topic of Site Reliability Engineering. In addition to SRE, Jason has authored books with O’Reilly Media on the subject of post-incident reviews and Chatops. DevOpsDays Rockies organizer and host of the Front-range Site Reliability Meetup, Jason is dedicated to the latest trends in technology, sharing the lessons learned, and helping people continuously improve their IT and software development practices.

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress)

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Founder of DevRelate.io, PJ is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. Traveling to conferences and meet ups around the world, PJ likes to spread the word on the importance of community and coding, stressing the importance of outreach and focusing on the human side of being a coder. He is also known for wearing hats.