Please read the following information carefully and complete the application fully. We look forward to your submission!
Dates to Remember (deadlines are firm)
Call for Speaker Proposals opens Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Call for Speaker Proposals closes Monday, December 31, 2018
Notification of decision on or before Thursday, January 31, 2019
Workshop graphics, syllabus, and one-page handout due Monday, April 1, 2019
Promotional article (100 – 200 words) due Monday, April 1, 2019
Workshop Presentations on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Workshop title and workshop description (30 – 60 words)
- Three primary learning objectives
- Presentation outline
- Contact information for each speaker (name, title, company, phone, email, Twitter handle), list of recent speaking engagements, bio and headshot
Submitting a strong proposal and workshop
- Select a topic that is unique, relevant, timely and either addresses a problem area or outlines an opportunity. Avoid topics that have been overly discussed in recent months, recycled, or based on outdated data or practices. All presentations must be new (presented for the first time at the conference).
- Provide a unique title that is informative and clearly reflects the workshop content. A title should be catchy, but not misleading. It should stand alone and be descriptive enough to give attendees an accurate idea of what the workshop will cover.
- Focus on the “how-to” rather than ”why.” A session that leaves attendees with an action plan, including a to-do list of ideas and strategies, as well as the actual steps to implement those ideas immediately upon returning home, rates highest in post-conference evaluations.
- Avoid being vague and provide detailed, specific information. In both the workshop description and primary learning objectives, explain the topic areas covered, provide background on the problem and issues, and state how the workshop can provide solutions. Explain what attendees will learn and what benefits they can expect as a result. Be clear and concise in explaining the learning objective.
- Avoid high-level generalities or overviews. Focus on specific factors that explore the subject matter in detail. State whether the workshop is intended for introductory or intermediate skill levels.
- Strictly follow the no-pitch policy. Do not mention or show any content related to specific products or services, and do not discuss specific companies. Demonstrate thought leadership by providing high-value knowledge and tactics that attendees can immediately use.
How many workshop proposals may I submit? You may submit more than one proposal, but we encourage you to focus on quality over quantity with your submissions. It is unlikely that more than one proposal from a speaker will be accepted.
What speaking opportunities can I apply for?
You may submit a proposal for any of the following workshops:
- 45-minute Data and Tech session (topics might include data integration, programmatic, research and measurement, innovation)
- 45-minute Business Insights session (topics might include creativity, buying and selling, operations)
If I received an invitation to submit a workshop proposal, does this mean I am speaking at the conference?
No, our call for speakers is only an invitation to submit a proposal for consideration. The invitation is not a guarantee your proposal will be selected. If your attendance at the conference is dependent upon your ability to present, please refrain from booking hotel accommodations or travel until you have been notified that your proposal was accepted.
Is there a fee to submit a workshop proposal?
There is no fee to submit a proposal. Workshop presenters still need to register for the conference as an attendee.
Will my travel and hotel accommodations be reimbursed if I am selected to present?
No, expenses will not be reimbursed. Presenters are responsible for their own expenses (hotel, meals, airfare, ground transportation, etc.).
If I am accepted to speak, what are the next steps?
If your workshop is selected, you will receive an email notification alerting you that your proposal has been accepted, as well as instructions on registering, submitting pre-event materials, and submitting workshop content. Once accepted, you must submit a promotional article, workshop graphics, syllabus, and 1-page handout by Monday, April 1, 2019.
If workshop terms or deadlines are not met, the conference organizers reserve the right to replace any wokshop to keep within the timeline and efficiency of planning the conference.
If you have additional questions regarding your workshop submission, email firstname.lastname@example.org.