Three quick tips for shrugging it off
Realize the immense number of reasons organizers can have for not choosing you. Most have nothing to do with you.
For instance, You can be disqualified because you have not given the talk before, and you can be disqualified because you have given the talk earlier (I.E., It is not unique). Or you can be disqualified for being too specific, or for being too abstract in your coverage of the topic.
These are catch-all conditions and can apply to anyone. You are not your submission anyway.
Make an action-list, not a win-list
If you mean to get on five stages by answering Calls for Speakers, then don’t make a to-do list that says ‘get on five stages.’ Make a to-do list that has the simple task ‘Apply to speak at a conference’ one hundred times. Cross them out as you go.
You will get more done, and the rejections (that will still come) will not count against your goal of applying to a hundred conferences. Some conferences will take you.
The win will come
Winning will happen, so every rejection brings you closer to your golden ticket. For every rejection, take a walk and enjoy that you are now closer to getting the speaking opportunity than you have ever been.
Learn to enjoy the trip.
I make a small goal every day. When I leave the office, I want to be able to point to one thing that our members
now have or that look better on the platform than it did before.
They don’t mean a lot individually, but the compound effect is quite something.
That is all for now, keep making the world a little smarter
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