Perks of Being a WordCamp Speaker

Are you on the fence about applying to speak at WordCamp Seattle this year? Then this is going to push you over the edge to the greener grass for sure. (Sorry about the mixed metaphors there.)

Perks of Being a WordCamp Speaker

At WordCamp Seattle, we treat our speakers like royalty. Here are just some of the amazing benefits of speaking this year that you don’t want to miss out on:

Get to attend camp for FREE!

Free admission to WordCamp both days (including lunch). Duh! This one’s a no-brainer. We don’t pay our speakers, but we do love them so very much because they are top notch. The least we can do is let them in for free and buy them a meal or two.

We’ve got exclusive WordCamp swag just for you

Everyone loves the WordCamp swag – USB drives, charger cords, etc. Did you know speakers get a little something extra? Last year it was some delicious, locally–made Theo’s chocolates. Yum! And we are working something even better this year.

You get to chill in the green room

Have you ever wanted to feel like a celebrity? At WordCamp Seattle, we have a dedicated green room just for speakers (and volunteers) to hang out in at any time during the event – just like the guest stars on the Tonight Show. It’s an awesome place to store your stuff while you’re at camp and especially while you’re on stage. And it’s away from all the hubbub. Great place to collect yourself (or cram in those last minute changes to your slides) before going up in front of hundreds of people.

Networking and notoriety

One of the most popular things about WordCamp is the Corridor Track and getting to network and make new friends and connections. When you are one of the WordCamp speakers, it’s like you’re a rockstar. Everybody knows you. Everybody wants you, and you really stand out and get known which makes networking all that more fun and fruitful.

We’ve even heard tell of speakers who have booked consulting work because of their presence at WordCamp. (More on that later.)

Opportunity to mentor with someone (if you wanted to)

If you’re relatively new to speaking and are interested, we can line you up with a speaker mentor who can help review your slides and presentation, give feedback, and offer some general coaching on being a good speaker and presenter.

(If you’re a seasoned pro at speaking and are interested in being a mentor to someone else. Let us know, and we will add you to our list of mentors. What an amazing way to pay it forward.)


So are you pumped to speak at WordCamp yet?


Deadline to for applications is AUGUST 5th.


PS. Don’t miss out on the final few Speaker Training Workshops next week at the Olympia WordPress meetup and the Bellingham WordPress meetup – both on Thursday, July 20th.

photo credit: Todd Poirier