This form is in the process of being replaced, but the
information on this page is still relevant. I'm in the
process of re-working the information and the juggling talk
pages as a whole, but don't have a lot of time. Hence it
You can still complete this form to request a talk.
You've probably come to this page because you've asked
me to come and give a talk for you. If you've dealt with
me before then you can just crack on, but if this is your
first time, then I'd like say a few words, because this
is going to seem like a lot of work.
Let me start by saying that I know that organising a talk
is, in general, a lot of work. I know that. But someone
has to do it, but we can minimise the amount of work by
careful preparation and checklists.
By using this form we can get all the necessary information
agreed and in one place, minimising the time spent on the
organisational aspects. That means I don't have to take as
much time off my paying job, and that's good. It means that
I can continue to do a high volume of talks. I actively try
to accept all invitations to speak, figuring that people
invite me because they think I do a good job, and that
my visits are useful and important.
Running a company with some 20 employees who count on me
doing my part is a full-time job. Travelling to speak
takes time out of that - time that I need to justify.
The less time out I take, the easier that is.
So think of it like this. If every host does this small
amount of work for their own visit, then I don't have to
do the rather large amount of work. That's good for me,
and I hope good for everyone, because it means I can keep
doing my talks, and I can continue not to charge vast fees
to do so.
A final note. Email forms on the web attract vast
amounts of spam. You can see my spam rates on the
Spam Table page. To help combat this I have incorporated
some very basic anti-spam measures on this page.
I don't want your work discarded as spam and wasted.
And neither do you.
-- Colin Wright
So, here we go.
Some of these fields are pre-filled with some text.
You need to remove the existing text and put in the
appropriate answer. As an example, look closely at
the "Nearest Train Station" bit.
If you really can't cope with this then email me. This
is a trial version of this form, so it may need further
DELETE THIS TEXT and put your message here ...