Todd DeLuca, Conference Committee Chair By now you’ve seen the notice that the call for proposals for the 2017 Summit is open and that there is a theme this year, “Gain the Edge to Get Results.” We chose this theme because we want speakers and attendees to share and discuss new and innovative topics that are forward thinking and help “get results.” But what exactly is the conference committee looking for? Here is some advice to help you prep your proposal. Have you stretched or expanded your role in unexpected ways? Did it achieve surprising results? We want people to share stories of how they have stretched the boundaries of traditional tech comm roles and activities and how it worked out (both successes and failures). How have you grown or taken initiative to advance your skills, experience, or career? What kinds of experiments or trials with new techniques or tools have you conducted? What did you learn? Doing things that don’t fit our normal routines or put us in the spotlight can be uncomfortable. But we don’t grow or get recognition if we don’t take those chances and step off the normal path (the whole risk and reward thing). We’re looking for proposal submissions that
- hit upon the theme and demonstrate an unexpected, advanced, or less traditional way of looking at or fixing a problem.
- take a common subject to a higher level.
- inspire people to stretch boundaries or achieve more.
- support or encourage leadership or help existing managers and decision makers improve their teams, increase collaboration, or connect with other executives.
- How is what you are speaking about giving the attendee an edge, and what were the results?
- Will the audience connect with your experiences and be motivated to try something similar in their work?
- What’s your strategy for connecting with the audience?
- How does your session expand the typical ‘show and tell’ presentation?
- What expected attendee questions will your session answer?