“stretching out and touching the unknown, the real unknown, the unknown unknown.”
— D.H. Lawrence
Much like knowing the right keywords to google when troubleshooting, it takes experience to know the right questions to ask when speaking at a conference. We encourage new speakers at devopsdays Minneapolis, which means I attempt to present all speakers with answers to questions they haven’t asked.
This year, I started writing the email for our speakers, and it got long. I decided that nobody would read that long a narrative, and broke it down into bolded sections and numbered lists labeled by when they require action.
“A+++ excellent email. You’ve done this before, I can see,” said our closing keynote speaker Charity Majors. She later added, “And one well-formatted email is so much easier to keep track of than half a dozen.”
Trufax! I’m going to keep improving it; meanwhile, I’m posting this to inspire other organizers with what info to provide, and to help other speakers know what to ask.