Remy Sharp on conferences not covering travel costs for speakers:
What it costs you
- Your time working on slides when you could be working on project work
- Your flight or train or taxi costs
- Your hotel cost
- Your time on the day at the event
Yes, you might generate work during some awesome-high-fiving-network session. Really? Okay. Yes, you have a “free ticket”, but most new speakers I know have their head in their presentation until it’s over.
So you’re out of pocket. And for what?
Alex King disagrees:
This sort of entitlement crap really irks me. No one is making you speak at a conference; it’s a choice. Expenses covered or not is just something you need to factor in when agreeing to be a speaker.
There’s an argument to be made for the benefits of a new speaker to get some experience or promote themselves, but the idea that wanting to be paid for your time and effort is entitlement seems silly to me.