Benny’s birthday request: 2 minutes & a click to help me speak at SxSW

Benny’s birthday request: 2 minutes & a click to help me speak at SxSW

Benny

Photo by Menelaos Prokos

(Edit: This post is from 2011, but I have changed the appropriate links to be relevant to SxSW’s panel picker of this year!)

Just over a month ago I wrote an article around my 29th birthday, which almost 300,000 people have read already. I said many things in that post, but one of them was that I would be making a delayed birthday request in August. Well, here it is!

Basically, what I would really like to do is to speak in front of large audiences to encourage them to learn languages, and I’d like to do this one or several times before I turn 30. If you give me about two minutes of your time then you can help me make this happen, and it won’t cost you a penny!

How to vote for my entry in SxSW 20123

Go here to the page with info about my talk, create an account (click the link in the top to log in, and then create an account – filling it in will take 10 seconds, then go back to this link for my talk) and then click the thumbs up (just once)!

That’s it :)

Extra step if you’re feeling really generous: Tell your friends to vote too! Share this post on Facebook by clicking here. When you click, a new window opens on Facebook and the link to this page is copied to your clipboard. Right click and paste the link into your status and share it with your friends! Alternatively, click the “like” button on the left ;)

Speaking at South by Southwest

There is something much more powerful about getting the message across in person on a stage compared to doing it on a blog, and I’d like to do it more frequently! So far I’ve only done this once and spoken at TBEX in Vancouver, but even then the results of people applying my advice were much more evident.

Next time when I’m better prepared (most of that talk involved winging it on something I vaguely threw together the night before) it’ll be even better! A lot of people were very surprised to hear it was my first time speaking publicly, so you can imagine how much better I’ll do now that I have some experience!

I’ve also said that some day I’d like to speak at a TED(x) event to undo damage that previous TED speakers have done of discouraging adult language learners, by giving practical language hacking tips that anyone can apply, as well as some well-needed encouragement to the masses. But to speak at that I’d presumably need a decent speaking CV/resume and just once won’t do at all!

So I’m aiming high and applied to speak at the incredibly popular South by Southwest event in Austin next March. I was there for a whole month this year to learn American Sign Language around the event and you can see me holding my altered badge from the event in the photo above (being a pirate really got people’s attention!)

If I get in, I’ll take a break from (or wrap up) my first language mission next year to attend, give my talk on “Rapid Language Hacking” to hopefully inspire a very large group of monolinguals, and then hit the non-English road again! If you’d like to help me do that, as part of my birthday request, just follow the link above and vote!

Nothing more involved. It should take just two minutes and won’t cost you a penny, but I would be every so grateful if you did it!

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Over 3800 people have applied to speak at SxSW 2012, the vast majority of whom would also have something interesting to talk about, and they only have 500 slots open! 500 is a lot because it’s a huge event, but competition will be stiff! About 30% of the vote is public, and they encourage people to use their blog or other audiences as I’m doing. If I get in, I’ll be sure to let you all know!

I really appreciate your vote – how many birthday requests are totally free and so easy? :)

Thanks so much!

(Edit: This post is from 2011, but I have changed the appropriate links to be relevant to SxSW’s panel picker of this year!) Just over a month ago I wrote an article around my 29th birthday, which almost 300,000 people have read already. I said many things in that post, but one of them was […]

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  • http://dhruvbhutani.com Dhruv Bhutani

    Done ! 

  • http://dhruvbhutani.com Dhruv Bhutani

    Done ! 

  • http://dhruvbhutani.com Dhruv Bhutani

    Done ! 

  • http://dhruvbhutani.com Dhruv Bhutani

    Done ! 

  • Anonymous

    Painless and easy to do.  Benny’s done a lot for us, for free.  I know that he’s helped me  a lot. Now’s our chance. We can help him. Let’s get Benny on stage at SXSW 2012!

  • Anonymous

    Painless and easy to do.  Benny’s done a lot for us, for free.  I know that he’s helped me  a lot. Now’s our chance. We can help him. Let’s get Benny on stage at SXSW 2012!

  • Anonymous

    Painless and easy to do.  Benny’s done a lot for us, for free.  I know that he’s helped me  a lot. Now’s our chance. We can help him. Let’s get Benny on stage at SXSW 2012!

    • http://kevinpost.wordpress.com/ Kevin Post

      So true, he’s got my vote. 

      • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

        Thanks guys – appreciate the support!

      • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

        Thanks guys – appreciate the support!

      • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

        Thanks guys – appreciate the support!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Thanks :)

  • http://twitter.com/peterjcarroll Peter Carroll

    SxSW site is crawling for me. Will have to try later. I would love to drive down to Austin next year to check out SxSW and hopefully see your talk!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Yes, it turns out I’m not the only blogger sending the website traffic right now :) The would have gotten a pretty hard-to-handle spike when many sites like mine hit them at once, but they’ll bounce back shortly. Thanks for trying again later!

      • http://twitter.com/peterjcarroll Peter Carroll

        Their site is running smoothly now. I was able to sign up and vote! ¡Buena suerte!

      • http://twitter.com/peterjcarroll Peter Carroll

        Their site is running smoothly now. I was able to sign up and vote! ¡Buena suerte!

      • http://twitter.com/peterjcarroll Peter Carroll

        Their site is running smoothly now. I was able to sign up and vote! ¡Buena suerte!

  • http://twitter.com/peterjcarroll Peter Carroll

    SxSW site is crawling for me. Will have to try later. I would love to drive down to Austin next year to check out SxSW and hopefully see your talk!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lehcyfer Leszek Cyfer

    Up voted
    Go, show them! :P

  • Lisa Lubin

    Done! Good luck! You’d be great! :)

  • Anonymous

    Voted! I think you’re a good writer, and I bet a good speaker as well. Good luck – Kyle

  • http://fluent-language.blogspot.com Kimberley

    Voted since I like d your Australian vid 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ArielDelTedesco Ariel Del Tedesco Hoving

    Way to the TOP, I mean… to the TED!

    I hope to see you there as soon as possible!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ArielDelTedesco Ariel Del Tedesco Hoving

    Way to the TOP, I mean… to the TED!

    I hope to see you there as soon as possible!!!

  • http://twitter.com/EmreOrta Emre Orta

    Done!

    By the way, awesome photo :D Fake Jack Sparrow :P

  • http://twitter.com/EmreOrta Emre Orta

    Done!

    By the way, awesome photo :D Fake Jack Sparrow :P

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Aw, thanks! :) Appreciate all the votes everyone!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Thanks for the vote and best of luck with Spanish :)

  • Sickb

    Voted. Its great occasion to say “thx” for Benny.  :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Yay :D

  • Florence

    You got my vote (and a comment) too. I believe in you! Good luck.
    p.s. I didn’t like the idea of creating an account, but for you and your Hacking Guide, it was more than worth the 2 minutes to sign up and vote. 

    Thanks for the opportunty to give a little back and Happy Bday (again) Have some more cake!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Don’t worry they won’t ever spam your email. Thanks so much for the vote :)

  • http://twitter.com/TristanKing65 Tristan King

    Done.  Good luck with it!