Apply to Speak at WordSesh EMEA 2020!


WordSesh is looking for a few speakers, currently within the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region.

The next WordSesh event, WordSesh EMEA, is Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 and will run from approximately 9am-5pm CEST (UTC+2).

If you've never presented before, or belong to an underrepresented group, or somehow feel like maybe you shouldn't apply, be encouraged! This application is for you because it is for everyone. Including your voice could be the tipping point in someone's life and career!

WordSesh has hosted more than one hundred speakers from all around the world. Some have spoken dozens of times, some delivered their very first presentation on WordSesh. Each and every one of them have been essential to making WordSesh unique and valuable to the entire WordPress community. We're glad you want to to be part of this group!

We are actively looking for a mix of voices – folks from different backgrounds, with different journeys and experiences, and who don’t look or sound alike. Everyone is encouraged to submit a talk proposal, especially people groups who don't feel well-represented at tech conferences. Please reach out privately if you have any questions.

Thank you for your desire to share your experience with WordSesh attendees!

Session Format

  • This is a completely digital and virtual event. All speakers, attendees, and hosts will be remote from one another.
  • Each of the presentation sessions will run 20 minutes with an additional 5-10 minutes allotted for live Q&A.
  • Your session can be pre-recorded or delivered live.
  • Every session will be recorded and distributed via following the live broadcast.

Benefits of speaking at WordSesh

Every speaker will receive:

  • The opportunity to be heard by a broad audience of WordPress professionals. Anticipated attendance is between 500-1,500 people.
  • One (1) comped ticket to attend WordSesh.
  • Up to two (2) coaching and review sessions for your approved talk.
  • A $250USD honorarium sent via PayPal, Apple Pay Cash, Square Cash, Venmo, ACH, or physical check.

Selection Process

  • The speaker application deadline is Friday, July 10 at 11:59pm EDT (UTC-4).
  • You will be notified about your application status by Friday, July 17th.
  • Public speaker announcements will begin on Monday, July 20th.
  • You may submit up to two (2) different presentation topics.
  • Only nine (9) speakers will be selected.

Speaker Expectations

  • Abide by the event code of conduct.
  • Deliver an original-to-you talk that doesn't already exist online (note: it is perfectly okay to repeat a talk you've already delivered if it's been revised or it's not freely available to attendees elsewhere).
  • Deliver a run-through of the current draft of your talk two weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide a link to your draft slides (or talk outline) one week prior to the event (for our captioners).
  • Provide a link to your final slides after your session has ended.
  • Participate in a live Q&A following your presentation.
  • Participate briefly in the event chat following your session for any follow-up questions from attendees.
  • You have to know how to spell WordPress. And respect the WordPress logo/trademarks.
  • It is okay to share your products or services, and other products or services. It is not okay for your talk to be a pitch or entirely self-serving.

Tips for Applying

  • Think of the audience first: what will they learn and why is it useful?
  • Be succinct in describing your talk. Try and capture the value of the material in 2-3 exciting sentences (there are plenty of great written introductions across WPSessions).
  • Think about practical application and case studies instead of concepts or ideas alone.
  • Create a two minute video pitch to further sell your ideaIf you're not sure what to say you can share greater detail about your talk summary. This is entirely optional, but highly encouraged. Please don't feel intimidated by it, you'll do great!

First time? No problem!

Not sure what to talk about?

  • The audience is predominantly developers (independent or agency based) with 10+ years experience working with WordPress.
  • Everyone loves an in-depth case study! What problems did you encounter? What didn't work? How did you problem solve? What is the current solution?
  • Talks about tool tips, workflows, business practices, and navigating client relationships are always popular.
  • Introducing people to WordPress-adjacent technologies are very helpful.
  • If your talk doesn't fit into one of the generic "talk topics" in the application form, that's okay! Just select "other" from bottom of the list.

Apply To Speak