The $10,000 Gnomedex

I just turned down a speaking gig in a foreign country that would have paid $10,000 if I had gone. Why? Partly because friendship means more to me than money (Chris Pirillo is my best friend in the industry — I was best man at his wedding) and partly because conference is at the same time as Gnomedex, which is one of my favorite conferences. I’m not speaking at Gnomedex. I’m not being paid to attend Gnomedex. But I’m going anyway and hope to see you there too (it’s selling fast, so don’t wait too long to buy your ticket).

How do I know Chris is a friend? He answered after I told him all this “are you crazy?” Yeah, I am crazy, but I’m going to Gnomedex.

I say “partly” because PodTech has a policy against accepting speaker fees unless management approves (although I’m pretty sure they would have approved of the conference that was inviting me).

52 thoughts on “The $10,000 Gnomedex

  1. Sheesh, anyone who says US$10,000 is not much of a speaker’s free must be earning a helluva lot more than most of us regular workers!

    But I’m puzzled by the reference that it was turned down “partly” because “PodTech has a policy against accepting speaker fees unless management approves”. If management approved, and Scoble attended as a rep of his company, shouldn’t his company be getting the money or at least a fair slice of it? Unless Scoble would be taking a week of his holidays (ie not double-dipping with company salary plus $10k) and not at all spruiking podcasting, of course…

  2. Sheesh, anyone who says US$10,000 is not much of a speaker’s free must be earning a helluva lot more than most of us regular workers!

    But I’m puzzled by the reference that it was turned down “partly” because “PodTech has a policy against accepting speaker fees unless management approves”. If management approved, and Scoble attended as a rep of his company, shouldn’t his company be getting the money or at least a fair slice of it? Unless Scoble would be taking a week of his holidays (ie not double-dipping with company salary plus $10k) and not at all spruiking podcasting, of course…

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