The purpose of this document is to start a discussion that leads to better expectations between speakers and organizers of WordCamps. It is based on Open Conference Expectations by @rmurphey @divya and @paul_irish. It is based on my experience speaking at many WordCamps and seeing some great things and not great things. I would love your comments and feedback.
What I ask for as a speaker
- A complimentary ticket to the event.
- A code of conduct for every attendee, including speakers and sponsors. Everyone should be able to have a good time in a safe, harassment-free environment. See the The Ada Initiative for more information on how to create such a policy.
- Adequate amount of time to prepare. This means the call for speakers should occur at least sixty days before the camp and invitations at least thirty days before the camp.
- An information email at least one week and ideally two weeks ahead of time that let's me know anything about the venue that might help me give a better presentation. This includes the size of the room, the setup of the room and A/V information about the room. This includes the adapters for projectors. If projectors are not mentioned, I should assume that I will need to bring adapters to VGA. This should also include the exact amount of time for the speaker's slot.
- Potable Water to drink. If your tap water isn't any good, please have some bottled water available.
- Feedback on my title and description in order to give the attendees an accurate idea of what to expect
- That the organizer will provide a day of contact. As a speaker I should have there phone number.
What would be nice to have as a speaker
- A speakers room where I can put my bag if I arrive directly at the event from traveling and prepare outside of public areas. This room should have a trusted person watching it the entire time.
- A speaker Dinner/Brunch/Happy Hour so I can socialize with a smaller group of people. Some of the best ideas for future talks that I have had came from talking to other speakers.
- Adapters for A/V equipment
- Assistance from the organizer in finding a topic. The organizer can provide information about topics already chosen, and ideas that they might want covered. The organizer could also include a list in the call for speakers of broad topic areas.
What you should expect of me as a speaker
- I will deliver a quality presentation. I will speak clearly, not too fast and not too slow. I'll use visuals (slides, live demo, a chalkboard) to enhance my talk whenever applicable.
- I will make myself available to the audience. The attendees are the most important people at a WordCamp.
- I consent to my speech being recorded and distributed under a permissive license.
- I will make reasonable adjustments to help the camp be successful. I won't bitch and moan if my talk needs to be moved because of another speaker's schedule.
- I will provide an accurate title and description so that attendees can have a good idea of what they should expect
- That I will seek feedback before my talk from relevant other experts
- That I will practice my presentation in front of someone else before I deliver it.
- I will share my slides / examples very soon after my presentation. Ideally the same day as the presentation.
- That I will be prepared to present without wifi. The organizer should communicate what they expect the wifi to be like, but as a speaker I should be prepeared to present without it.
- That I will provide the organizer with day of contact information. Ideally this will be a cell phone.
- That If I am travlling, I will book my travel appropriately. Flights get delayed, trains get cancled, and roads get closed down. I should plan for the possibility of my travel being interupted.
- That I will arrive at the venue in advance of my talk ready to present. I won't walk in momemnts before my talk looking desheveled.
What would be nice to have as an organizer from the speaker
- Help with promoting the event The speaker should tweet links to the event, include an "I'm speaking" badge on there blog and otherwise encourage people to sign up to attend the event.