I spent yesterday at miniSPA2008. MiniSPA is the free one-day taster for the annual Software Practice Advancement conference. Lots of new faces yesterday, as well as old friends. It looks as if we'll get lots of new session leaders for next year's conference, which is great.
Session leaders get a significant discount; for the next conference, one of them will pay nothing! Details on the SPA2009 "lead a session" page.
If you're new to leading conference sessions, a supportive shepherding process will help you to hone your skills. Quite a few big names on the conference circuit cut their teeth at SPA.
Whether you're an expert in the making or a hardened veteran, make sure you get your proposal in soon. Submissions open on Monday, and the deadline for submissions is 6pm on 15th September 2008.