When people found out that I moved to El Paso, I was immediately asked to speak at some different events. I fielded each, to see if it was something justifying time away from my agenda! (* caveats at the end :-)
So, I’m honored to speak at the following venues this coming year –
March 1, 2014 – XERISCAPE – A NEW CLASSIC
Lea County Master Gardeners Water Wise Conference, Hobbs NM
April 19, 2014 – ECOREGION – WHY IT MATTERS [to gardens]
Native Plant Society of New Mexico, Las Cruces Chapter, Las Cruces NM There may be one more presentation for my 2014, being asked to speak at a state conference this coming August, but there’s been no follow-up.
I just declined those two; neither were going to comp me some gas, a meal or a conference ticket. Wow…a shame, for so much I do, spend time on, or my expertise, energy, and generosity.
* Now, it’s caveat time!
Speaking after crafting a thoughtful program and imagery will take a solo practitioner’s time away from generating income to pay bills and live. That’s regardless of honorariums and paid expenses, since those rarely cover even a percentage of pre-showtime work and research. And yes, I’ve run the numbers, plus some intangibles.
Speaking is a time sink, unless one rehashes the same talking points, never customizing their boilerplate talk. [weak] But done well, speaking provides credibility to one’s expertise, though few marketable projects, so far. It also opens one up to more speaking offers… A few others in my field and in certain markets are an exception, in my 18 years of experience.
Attend some conferences or presentations in my field, and you’ll soon learn each speaker type. I’ve lost count of all my speaking engagements over the years, but for most of them, click – here.
(I plan on offering downloads to many in the future)