So I'm talking to Dave Lemphers (of "Time spent here you will never get back" fame) on IM, and one of the things we occasionally talk about is how to develop presenters, and I (bizarrely) suggested having "presentation awards". The idea would be to have our own version of the Perrier awards as a way of encouraging and developing presenters (at user-groups, in podcasts, etc).
Of course, it raises the question of why to present? I guess it's similar to the question of why to blog?
On a personal level, there are a few obvious ones.
- Shows other people that you know your stuff
- Develops your status in the community
- Deals with that fear of public-speaking
- Increases your consulting price
- Stops you from having to apply for work, because Readify might approach you
So that's where some annual awards come in.
TechEd in Europe have Speaker Idol this year. This is a great idea, and perhaps we'll have something like that in Australia next year. But what about the user-groups? How can we get more people speaking?
As someone who runs a smaller-city user-group, I'd like to have a fund to bring people across from interstate more often, or to send the people in my group to other states. But what else can I do? Please post ideas...