Sally Jenkinson

Senior digital solutions architect & consultant
Founder of Records Sound the Same Ltd

Speaking

I started speaking in 2011 at user groups in Europe before branching out into conferences a couple of years later. Since then I‘ve spoken at a wide range of different events globally, including Adobe MAX and EmpireJS in the US, From The Front in Italy, ACE! Conference and Front-Trends in Poland, and Fronteers in Amsterdam (amongst many others). As well as giving 'standard' talks I've also enjoyed evolving my experience into the world of closing keynotes, and being MC.

My talks have spanned a range of topics, but I mostly enjoy giving those with a broad subject matter where I can speak about areas that are informed by my work. You can get a feel for the kind of things that I talk about in some of the below videos and links. In addition to conferences, I also speak at schools, universities, and private corporate events.

Further speaking information is available on Lanyrd, or you can view some of the Twitter feedback I've had on my talks.

Websites are a symptom, not the cause (closing keynote)

Render, March 2017

All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us

EmpireJS, May 2016

An introduction to open data

Fronteers, October 2015

“At the Shropgeek (R)Evolution conference, Sally delivered one of the best talks I've seen. And, I've seen a lot of talks. She presented clear, well-thought out ideas in a way that took us with her. She was clear and imaginative, and any conference would be made better by her speaking. So, go and book her. Now – I'll wait.”

ZACH BEAUVAIS, SHROPGEEK (R)EVOLUTION

Talks

Past, present, and future talk details

Talk Event Date Resources
Talk Event Date Resources
Websites are a symptom, not the cause DXN, Nottingham, UK May 2017  
Websites are a symptom, not the cause Render, Oxford, UK March 2017
All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us EmpireJS, New York, USA May 2016
Working with the web and the future Front-Trends, Warsaw, Poland May 2016
All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us ACE! Conference, Krakow, Poland April 2016
An introduction to open data Apps World, London, UK November 2015
An introduction to open data Fronteers, Amsterdam, Netherlands October 2015
All these moments will be lost in time: the web, the future, and us R(E)volution, Shrewsbury, UK September 2015
Open data: open your mind From the Front, Bologna, Italy September 2015
An introduction to open data Web in the Woods, Kent, UK September 2015
Choosing the "right" CMS (and other things) Front-end London, London, UK May 2015
Choosing the "right" CMS East Digital, Colchester, UK April 2015
The Web Is our responsibility The Web Is, Cardiff, Wales October 2014
With great power comes great (development) responsibility From the Front, Bologna, Italy September 2014
More Than Media Queries The Digital Pond, London, UK August 2014
More Than Media Queries Responsive Day Out 2, Brighton, UK July 2014
Mini hacks, big difference Ladies Who Code, London, UK October 2013
Frakking effective planning: not just for Cylons Scotch on the Rocks, Edinburgh, Scotland June 2013
Effective technical strategy and planning for mobile apps Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, USA May 2013
An introduction to the modern web for the creative professional Adobe Create the Web tour, London, UK October 2012
Building dynamic mobile applications with ColdFusion Adobe User Group, Brussels, Belgium May 2011  
Building dynamic mobile applications with ColdFusion Adobe User Group, Paris, France May 2011  

“She was terrific at Responsive Day Out 2 and she was, of course, terrific here again. If you get the chance to see her speak, take it.”

JEREMY KEITH, CLEARLEFT

FAQs

You’re hopefully here because you’re interested in me speaking at your event, which is exciting for me because I always like getting those emails. So that we can make sure that we’re the right people for each other, I’ve put together some common questions and answers, along with what’s really useful for me to know about your event.

As I run a small business, I have to choose my speaking engagements carefully so as not to interfere with any booked work and to ensure that I can give you a great, polished performance. I don’t have the backing of a huge organisation, so unfortunately I’m not always able to take everything on. The following should give you an idea of what I typically do, but if you’d like to talk about something a bit different then please get in touch.

Useful things for me to know

Whenever I get an email about speaking, I almost always reply asking the following questions. If you could let me know the answers to these when you contact me it would be great:

  • What's your event?
  • Where is it being held?
  • When is it?
  • What kind of audience are you expecting?
  • How do you plan to compensate your speakers?
  • Do you have a particular topic in mind for me to speak on, or would you like me to propose ideas?
  • How long should the talk be?
  • Do you have a code of conduct?
  • Is this event free for people to attend?
  • Can I use my own laptop to present with?
  • How did you find me, and why do you want me in particular?

In the run-up to the event it's also really useful for me to know technical details including the mic options available, a confirmed slide ratio, what kind of display connections will be available etc.

What do you get when you hire me to speak?

My talks are usually educational and inspirational, and I typically blend some aspect of development culture with more broadly accessible themes. You can watch some videos of me at the links abovw if you'd like to get a better feel for this. I'm not phased by large crowds, big stages, or events with translation services.

I will always reply to your communications promptly, and have a bank of assets like headshots and bios that I can send over easily. I'm happy to work with you to make my talk as relevant as possible to your event's themes and audience's interests, and can share slides in advance (although these will change right up to my talk). I'll do my best to promote my involvement and to help sales through tweets, and I often blog about events before or afterwards.

I always use my own laptop, because that way I can guarantee that there will be no nasty surprises to catch me out in the setup, and everything is as I have rehearsed with. I completely understand that you may want to use a central laptop for everyone, but I'd much rather that we spent some time doing a proper tech check and I use my own kit. I'm used to quick switchovers, and as long as we do a setup this won't be a problem.

Speaker fees

Unfortunately I'm not able to take on everything I'm asked to do, because as a small business I can't always afford to take time off client work to prepare for or attend events. Likewise, as a minimum I typically need to have my accommodation and travel covered.

I spend a lot of time creating and practicing talks, and each is tailored to the event and audience even if it's a talk that's already been given in the past. I typically charge £2,500 (+VAT, travel, accommodation) for a completely new talk on a topic that you'd like me to speak about, or £1,250 (+VAT, travel, accommodation) for an existing talk.

I do however display terrible business sense by making exceptions on wildly varying, unscientific criteria including things like ‘Are we friends and do I owe you beer?‘, ‘Is this in a place I could tie into work/a holiday?‘, and most importantly ‘Is your event free to attendees and unsponsored?‘. If you're not making any money, or are in a country that has a hugely different economy from the UK then let's talk anyway.

Tell me about your event!

Hopefully that all sounds good to you, in which case I'd love it if you sent me an email at sally@recordssoundthesame.com telling me all about what you're planning. Hope to hear from you soon!