How to Submit the Best CFP of Your Life (And What to Do When It Gets Accepted) (Episode 23)

Conference season is fast approaching, but we all know that the true preparation starts months ahead when all of the CFPs open. 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 before you find out whether your talk has been accepted, and how to prepare the best talk once you’ve gotten your acceptance notice. Buckle up and get your notebook ready – this is an episode full of tips and tricks and good advice from an expert.

Show Notes


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: * - 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

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 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, 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