First-time Speaker Mentoring Signup

What makes a great candidate for mentoring through the first-time speaker mentoring program?

This program is set to pair experienced speakers and conference organizers/track chairs for a 15 minute call to prepare people for submitting proposals. It can be scary to apply for your first talk or disheartening to apply over and over without an acceptance letter. Our mentors have all been in those positions in their past and want to help share their tips for how to structure and focus your written proposals to let your voice shine through.


You have experience sharing at work and in your community and aren’t sure what to focus on for an international conference talk?

Work with a mentor to identify one of your key stories to focus on and which details help showcase your passion best for writing the proposal.


Is your free time at a premium so you worry about starting mentoring in fear of what the commitment will be?

This is a one-time only, 15-minute call. Once selected, you can focus on what’s needed to prepare — but for now take advantage of a low risk way to get started!


Do you have a draft proposal that you have been working on and aren’t confident enough to submit yet?

Our mentors are experienced speakers/program chairs who know about past conferences and have ideas for what is needed in the future. They can help you gain confidence in your stories.


Have your previous conference proposals have been turned down resulting in you losing hope?

Every speaker has been rejected from many events. Selection requires teasing out the unique aspects of your story. Our mentors are often experienced program reviewers and can share what they look for.


Not sure if Agile2020 is right for you?

The world of conferences is vast and while we would love for you to join us in Orlando, we care more that you share your story. Join us regardless of when or where you hope to use your proposal.


Proposals aren’t the problem? Are you a confident writer but think speaking on stage is a whole different game?

We want to help you submit to a conference. This can include understanding a possible journey of acceptance to speaking to build confidence to submit to Agile2020.