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The INETA Regional Speakers Bureau was announced today. I’ve been fielding questions on Twitter ever since the news came out, so I figured I would share some of the most common questions with you here, until we can get the INETA site updated.

Q: Why should I do this? Who does it benefit?
A: This program benefits User Groups and Speakers alike by providing funds for events. Speakers get increased exposure. UG gets a speaker. This also helps the group discover people adjacent to (rather than just in) their local community.

Q: Who gets the money?
A: Money goes directly to speaker for Travel & Expenses (up to $50)

Q: Why so little money?
A: Mostly budget reasons. Remember the intent is for semi-local travel, not national.

Q: Will there be Pizza for UGs that have Regional Speakers?
A: Nope, limited budget means money gets spent on providing max # of speakers. No pizza at this time. maybe in the future.

Q: How many Regional Speakers can a group request?
A: INETA will reimburse up to 2 speakers from the Regional Speakers Bureau per group, per year. This is separate from the National Speakers Bureau.

Q: What criteria will be used to determine how requests are approved (i.e. is it first come, first served, etc?)
A: Requests will be approved so as to ensure maximum coverage around the country, as budget allows.

Q: Why this instead of the National Speakers Bureau?
A: Not everyone is ready for the National Speakers Bureau. People who do well in the Regional SB will certainly be considered/encouraged to move up to the National SB. Think of it as a Farm Team for the National Speakers Bureau.

Q: What criteria are they considering "regional"? Drivable? Or is it up to the speaker's convenience?
A: Mostly up to the speaker, with a $50 cap on T&E, except for really remote locations (case by case basis for those.)

Q: Can National Speakers Bureau members participate in this program as well?
A: Yes, but they fall under the same financial limits.

Q: Sounds awesome, where do I sign up?
A: http://www.ineta.org/RegionalSpeakers/Default.aspx 


More to come…

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Frequently Asked Questions about the INETA Regional Speakers Bureau

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Over all, I'm glad to see some movement in this area - some feedback:

Drop the "farm team" analogy - there are many more speakers working outside of INETA than in, and I don't want some of them feeling this isn't for them or worse, insulted so they don't include themselves in the database.

I registered today, and then saw I didn't have permission to see myself in search! Drop the login barrier, we already have too many walls in place that make it rough on communication. The .Net community is sorely lacking a central place on the web to find out what's going on, and I love it if INETA filled that role but have doubts it will be effective if it's behind a login wall that also requires approval to see each region. (that's what the error message implied, I had to get myself approved to a region to be able to search)
Left by Michael C. Neel on Jun 03, 2009 8:28 PM

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Hey Michael, thanks for the feedback, I'll make sure it gets to the right place!
Left by Chris G. Williams on Jun 03, 2009 9:36 PM

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Have you been asked yet whether you are you willing to pay in "galleons" ?
Left by Brad Osterloo on Jun 05, 2009 11:00 PM

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Very cool, thank you for pointing out this out.

The Fargo .NET User Group has needed some new blood to come in and present, and only ever being approached by national level INETA speakers is just something our group can't swallow.

Chris, you are in the Twin Cities right? Up for a 3 hour drive West? ;)
Left by Justin D. on Jun 27, 2009 1:45 PM

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