Please don't think that you aren't guru enough to speak at conferences! I have attended conferences and hack-a-thons where I have caught mistake after mistake from people who label themselves as gurus in fields i don't feel anywhere near guru-esque.

So, you don't have to label yourself a guru (I certainly don't claim to be a guru of anything, other than making chocolate desserts and self-invented mixed drinks). Just realize that many people speaking at conferences aren't gurus at all. They just feel comfortable enough in a single sub-topic to present on that topic. Realize, if someone knows your topic like the back of their hand, they're not going to attend your session. Instead, they'll attend a session where the material is new.

So, while I truly believe all speakers should be competent in their subject matter (and i have seen many 'great' presentations where the material was well presented but actually wrong .... don't do that please), you don't need to be a guru in all aspects of the subject to speak on it. For example, i speak on HTML5 at HTML5 conferences, even though I feel completely less than competent speaking, coding or teaching the <canvas> API. I just don't teach <canvas>. So, if you are really can't explain closures to save your life, but you are a pro at integrating YQL with geolocation, submit a talk on YQL for location based results.

Please, please, please submit talks in the niches you feel comfortable in. If all women wait until they master every nuance of their primary programming language we likely would have even fewer female presenters. If, in general, men waited for complete mastery too, we likely wouldn't have enough presenters to have conferences.

Also, remember that what we individually know really, really well may seem easy to us. To easy for a conference. Remember, it wasn't always easy. If you think it's too easy to present, that means you know it really, really well and you can likely teach it. Maybe it really isn't that easy. And, if it really is too easy, the conference organizers can always say no. But, they can't say "yes" if you don't apply.
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