Q2 2021 Writing Workshop to Free Your Inner Writer Open for Registration

Do you want to develop a habit of writing? Or make writing easier? Or write to find and connect with your audience? I teach these principles in Q2 20201: Writing Workshop 1: Free Your Inner Writer. It took me a while to figure out how to organize the workshop so everyone (including me) could succeed. …

Conferences Speakers and “Making Room” for Other Voices

I’ve spoken professionally at conferences for 25 years. I enjoy it. And, several people—all men, so far—have suggested I should “make room” for other voices. To me, that’s a solution in search of a problem. I ask them what problems they want to solve. They want speakers who are: More diverse in gender More diverse …

The Creation Experience Does Not Mirror a User’s Product Experience

I wrote about how I felt about milestones after achieving a significant milestone last week (How Do You Feel When You Achieve a Significant Milestone?) I specifically wrote about my feelings. During a discussion on LinkedIn, a reader suggested I start with the last sentence I wanted to leave my readers with. Then build back …

Create a Conference Proposal the Conference Wants and Accepts, Part 6: Hook Your Reader with a Great Title

You might wonder why I don’t start writing a proposal with a title. In my experience, a great title is something I need to ponder and experiment with. I do often start with a placeholder title. When I developed this multitasking talk, I used this title: Stop the madness. End the multitasking. That was a …

Create a Conference Proposal the Conference Wants and Accepts, Part 5: Write Your Bio

Your bio establishes your expertise, authority, and credibility in your field. If your conference proposal has a speaking experience field, use that field to explain your expertise, authority, and credibility. I like to think of the bio and speaking experience fields as ways to connect with and invite the right people to your session: These …

Create a Conference Proposal the Conference Wants and Accepts, Part 4: Complete the Proposal

You know who your audience is because you framed the proposal. You started with outcomes, and you refined those outcomes when you wrote the abstract. Now it’s time to complete the rest of the proposal, excluding your bio and the title. Bios and titles are different from the rest of the proposal. (Those will be …