Flash conferences are fun. WebDU (formerly MXDU) is fun because you have an international crowd & speakers, it’s in a warm climate in an awesome country, Australia. I’ve heard great things about Flash in the Can, Flash Forward, and MAX. I was planning on speaking at Flash in the Can & Flash Forward in 2006… but plans have changed.
Not only have I waited too long to submit proposals, but I suddenly am finding it hard to financially justify speaking in the first place.
Why do I speak? I love to speak about what I love, and what I love is the technology I use, namely Flash and its brethren. I also love meeting people I’ve known online for years, but never met in person. I enjoy seeing those I have already met, and hanging out again.
I cannot, however, justify them financially anymore. Now that I’m a contractor, even if travel & accommodations is paid, that is still time I am not working, and thus making no money. The first 2 MXDU’s did wonders as additions to my resume, while the networking contacts went deeper than business. Capitalizing on them seems fruitless, however. My plans to relocate to Australia never panned out, so I’m apparently in the states for good.
All of the potential work I receive is through networking contacts, my blog’s high page rank, and referrals. No one has specifically mentioned they heard me speak at MXDU and want me for a project. While many assumed I’d be at MAX, most were friends & professional colleagues.
I know a lot of people who are speaking, some personally, and I guess I really don’t understand how you all financially justify speaking at them. It’s easy to emotionally justify them; they are extremely fun and rewarding, and sometimes you even learn something during chats, or the odd chance you’re a speaker and actually attend a session.
Obviously, this point is moot if you are an attendee; I’m referring specifically to speakers.
If you are a speaker, not an attendee, how do you financially justify it?