I was speaking to Mark at the Brighton Open space and had a couple of ideas on how we can create a route to conference speaking for people while enabling the meetups to find new speakers.
As it currently stands when someone submits a talk they select a couple of boxes about location and something else. Could we add a new option that says, if you are not successful would you be willing to be contacted by your local meetup group?
If this is a yes then the meetup organisers can be passed the synopsis of speakers and contact details.
By doing this it means potential speakers that were not successful in this or an Webinar slot can practice at the local meetups and if they would be interested be given feedback on the topic to help shape and coach them to enable a resubmission.
It means for the meetups we are getting more submissions too.
Do you think this is an idea we can discuss further?