In 2013, I set a goal for myself to speak at one major national conference before the end of the next year. I had spoken at a bunch of small and local events and figured I should try a bigger venue.
I wrote proposals for a couple of conferences and received really negative feedback. It bummed me out and made me want to give up, since it sounded like everyone hated my ideas. But while I was getting all that slightly soul-crushing feedback, I was also reviewing proposals myself and learning what I liked and didn't like in a conference submission.
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