I can confirm that I will be speaking at SourceCon in February 2011.
You can here my thoughts on the event in this podcast interview by Amybeth Hale.
And I’ll be speaking about Real World Sourcing;
In this session, Katharine will look at how the Internet can be used to make you a more effective “Real World” sourcer. The importance of taking the online offline really hit Katharine when she attended the first ever Twestival in September 2008 and then started to engage with local tweetups at the beginning of 2009. People are so much more likely to think of you, send you interesting things, and make recommendations once they have put a face to an avatar. Real world events attract people who engage online and those who don’t. This makes them a great way to meet fresh new people and make valuable additions to your network. Once you’re at an event, there is often far too much going on to learn, meet, and collect business cards from everyone. Those people who are engaging online can make this much easier – with event management sites, Linkedin and Facebook events, Twitter lists, hashtags, and Foursquare check-ins you can let social media tools take the pressure off. …and it’s not possible to be everywhere, of course. We have day jobs and placements to make and some of the juiciest events are often on another continent. So these new tools also help us monitor for interesting names and nuggets of insight from afar. Katharine will show, among other things, how one can source from events – starting first with information gathering online, and leading into warm, in-person meetings that can yield not only quality candidates but potentially long-term, quality networking relationships as well.
Hope to see you there! 🙂