Flatteringly, I’ve been invited to n number of conferences in 2008, all around the globe.
I’m happy to go — but just pay my business class airfare, accommodation and expenses and I’m very happy to present.
Otherwise please find another luminary.
No disrespect, but I’ve had enough of “this will be wonderful for your profile” shite. Ask any presenter who has ever presented for free on the promise that wondrous amounts of business will follow… it doesn’t.
I’m good. I know my stuff. I’m quite happy to stay at home and work on my doctoral research. I don’t need your conference to add value to my life. You want me (because it adds value to your conference), you pay for me. Simple as that.
Those conferences I’ve already signed up for — no problems, I will still honour my obligation and contract; those pitching to me – meet the bills or miss out.
Yes, this sounds incredibly arrogant, not the ‘Australian way’ of doing things at all… but I have too many offers and not enough resources to meet them.
The ‘evangelist’ part of me would fly out to every conference every where in the world (so far in the last 7 days invitations from South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Singapore, Reykjavik…) but the financial realist of the BetterComms World Dominations Enterprise (aka Mrs BetterComms) helps me appreciate that someone else has to foot the bill because we cannot without selling one of our children into slavery.
I know that that child would be most put out if we did.
So pay me to present, otherwise don’t waste my time. Sorry.