I’ve been working on booking speaking engagements for 2010. I’m talking to a number of different parties and hope to have more announced soon, but as I have a pair that are fast approaching, I thought I’d mention them as I always like to meet people at the events I attend. Not only will I speak at the events below, but I will be attending them each and every day.

On March 13 at 12:30 PM CT, I will be co-leading a Core Conversation at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive with Twanna A. Hines. It’s called “Shameless Self Promotion Without Looking Like an @#$%^&!” Here’s the short description:

Too often, individuals and businesses take advantage of someone else’s turf and excuse it as “shameless self promotion.” It’s not acceptable and it can lead to you being labeled a spammer or worse. In this panel, we’ll tell you how to promote yourself without turning others off.

The Core Conversation format means, more or less, that we’ll be encouraging and coordinating a conversation among the session’s attendees.

The conference runs from March 12-16 at the Austin Convention Center and adjacent Hilton hotel in Austin, Texas. Tickets cost $550.

The second event is WordCamp Raleigh, which runs from May 21-22 at the Sheraton Raleigh hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The schedule hasn’t been set, yet, but I will be leading a session on “Building Community Around Your WordPress Blog.” The title is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll focus on encouraging, growing and cultivating community around your WordPress blog, using the blog itself and other tools.

Tickets are available for $35.00, plus a $1.86 fee.

If you’ll be attending either of these events, please let me know! I’d love to see you at one of the talks.