Thank you for wanting me to speak at your event. On this page, I want to run through some of the requirements for Me to talk at different types of events. Don’t worry; I’m not that demanding…
This page is split into three different event categories, Corporate Talks, Commercial Conferences and Community Events (user groups and conferences).
Sometimes my talks are filmed, and you can see some example of those here.
If you would like to contact me to discuss speaking at your event further, then you can contact me via the contact form on this site.
If you would like Me to speak at your company about software development, agile or personal development, then please get in touch with me to discuss the options. For corporate talks, there will be a speaker fee that we will need to agree ahead of time and travel costs, as well as accommodation costs, if your company is more than 2 hours on the train from my base here in Derby.
If you want me to speak in the morning, then I will require getting the train up the night before and staying over in a hotel.
If you run a commercial conference that charges it’s attendees to attend, then I have some specific requirements. I do not expect to be paid to speak at your event, but I don’t expect to be out of pocket to do so. Therefore I expect my full travel and accommodation expenses to be booked and paid in advance of the event. For all conferences, I would expect a pass to the entire event, and I will make sure I am present to network and talk to attendees during the event.
I am happy for my talks to be filmed and then made available by the conference. Can you please let me know ahead of time if you plan to film the talk.
If the conference is in the UK, I will require a rail ticket and hotel. I would want to arrive the night before the event and either return the evening of the event or the next morning which will be arranged ahead of time.
If the conference is in mainland Europe or less than 4 hours flight, then I would need to be flown in the day before the conference and return the day after the conference. Sometimes I like to stay out a few extra days so will delay the flight back, but I will cover my accommodation costs for those extra days. I am happy to fly economy.
If the conference is outside Europe and greater than 4 hours flight, then I would want to be flown in 2 days early to adjust to local time zones and leave the day after the conference finishes. Sometimes I like to stay out a few extra days so will delay the flight back, but I will cover my accommodation costs for those extra days. I am happy to fly economy.
My talks are normally written and produced way in advance of the event. Therefore I will not adapt my talks to fit with your slide templates. I am happy to put your conference logo on the slides or have a branded first slide to display before the talk starts.
Community Events (usergroups and conferences)
If you run a community event that does not charge it’s attendees and you would like me to speak at your event, then please do get in touch and let’s see what we can arrange. Because speaking at community events requires me typically to fund the travel and accommodation myself, I have to limit the amount I do, but I will always try to accommodate community events as best I can as they are critical to helping people learn.
If your event has sponsorship and you are in a position to assist with rail or air tickets and hotels, then this will significantly increase the chance of me being able to come to your event.
In any case, please get in touch with me, and we will see what we can arrange. Keep fighting the good fight. Community events are crucial to local communities to help promote shared learning and networking.