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More About Choosing Speakers and Being BlogWorld's Conference Director

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Thanks to everyone for reaching out on Twitter, comments and via emails. I’m having as much fun offering you a behind the scenes look at BlogWorld as you are reading it.  In the last post, I went through the process of how we chose speakers. I’m learning that there’s more to it than sending out agreements and making sure there’s space on the grid. It’s a lot of late nights and even more marathon conference calls.

After we narrow down a short list of our favorite panels, each approved speaker is notified to confirm that they still want to speak. Once the speakers have confirmed, we announce their names and panels. Sometimes they respond right away and sometimes it takes days. The problem with them taking a while is that we don’t know if they still plan on speaking, or if we should give up their spot to someone else. After they confirm, we make the announcement to you.  Once all speakers are confirmed and noted, we make sure we have their agreements and get them registered.There are several layers to the process and it’s been fascinating learning them  all.

Here are some fun things that happen as well:

  • Many speakers pitch these kickass panels complete with big names. After we approve their panels, we learn that the big names on the panels weren’t exactly approached for the gig and some can’t even make it to BlogWorld.  Please, please make sure each panelist is already on board before submitting your speaker agreement – or don’t make the pitch unless you’re 150% sure they’ll sign on.
  • Lots of P.R. people are calling or emailing me to get their client’s speaker proposals in past the deadline. Unless it’s a huge name, that’s not going to happen. All the other speakers had to follow the rules and get their proposals in on time, we’re not stopping the presses for Joe Off the Street.
  • It’s interesting who reaches out for comped tickets. (Hint: I’m not your girl.)
  • There is a lot of good stuff that came in. I mean really good stuff. I mean surprisingly good stuff.

We are absolutely stoked to see the buzz BlogWorld is gaining on Twitter. Thanks for your enthusiasm because it keeps us pumped and encourages us to put together the best conference possible.

Deb Ng is BlogWorld’s Conference Director and blogs about blogging and social media at Kommein. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @debng.


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  • Dai

    I agree – the rules are the rules. (However, I think the rules should apply to big name people too – if after the deadline, no luck.)

    Keep up the good work. I’m sure it’s very draining pulling everything together.

  • Jade Craven

    🙂 I reached out for a discount code because I’m an Aussie and still have no idea how I’m going to afford the flights. However it’s paid. If I can go, I can. If I can’t, well I know I gave it my best.

    I’m so excited though. It’s going to be fun. And, lemme know if I can help with anything. I love learning about the behind the scenes stuff.

  • Deb Ng

    Dai – By big names I mean if a major celebrity contacts us. I mean we wouldn’t turn down Lance Armstrong or Wil Wheaton if they asked us to speak at BlogWorld. For the most part though, rules are rules.

  • Deb Ng

    Hi Jade,

    Discounts are fine and there are plenty going on right now so it’s not like you’re looking for a handout or special treatment.

  • Jim "Genuine" Turner

    You’re doing a good job Deb. Always remember that much.

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