As I’ve been going through the process of getting my slide decks for Tech Ed, SQL Server Day 2012 and SQL Rally I’ve recome reminded that this whole process of writing presentations is actually pretty hard work. Writting abstracts and getting them submitted is the easiest part of the entire process. After that comes the nerve racking step of waiting for the approvals to be sent out.
Once you have been approved it’s time to being the brutal part of preparing the slides and demos and getting them submitted to the conference for their approval. While it may appear like there is lots of time between the session abstracts being submitted and the conference actually happening, you can’t actually wait all that long to get everything completed. This is because the side decks are due long before the actual conference happens. This is done to ensure that the slides are complete, correct, and are ready to be used at the conference. Speakers are obligated to submit their slide decks on time, and basically complete on what ever date the conference has specified.
It doesn’t really matter what level of conference you are dealing with, or how much experience you have as a speaker you must, as a speaker, have your matterials done on time and ready to be completed. While you can always make minor tweaks and changes to the presentation the bulk of the presentation shouldn’t be changing after it is submitted and approved.