Interested in Speaking at a TechWell Conference?
We are often asked what makes a good speaking proposal. Here are some things we’ve learned over the years from reviewing them.
First, decide which conference your presentation would be best suited. Think about your audience. Write proposals that resonate with the delegates who will be attending the event. Don’t submit the same proposals to multiple conferences; remember the audiences are different.
- Good presentation titles are short, to the point, and tell what the presentation is about. Don’t hide the topic. Be bold.
- For the main message, write one sentence describing the focus of your presentation. If you can’t condense it, you may have multiple but independent good ideas. Aim to isolate the most important one.
- From the reviewer’s standpoint, the presentation description is the most important section. You usually have around two hundred words to make your proposal shine. The best descriptions typically are split into two parts. In the first, identify a challenge, problem, or situation you want to present. In the second, describe your approach to addressing the challenge or solving the problem and what the delegates will learn or take away from your talk.
- Avoid “IOU descriptions,” e.g., “In my presentation I’ll talk about cool stuff.” Give the reviewer details about what that “cool stuff” will be, so that he or she can make an informed decision.
- Take some time to craft a good description. It’s easy to detect the ones that have been slapped together on the way to something else.
- Avoid product sales pitches (either disguised or blatant). While it is certainly acceptable to illustrate your solution with a tool, it is the solution itself which should be the focus of the presentation.
- Focus on topics you are knowledgeable and passionate about. Those characteristics will make your proposal stand out.
- If you are not the speaker, please provide the contact information for the person you’re proposing. We require that we can reach the proposed speaker directly. If you are a PR company proposing a speaker, make sure they’ll be prepared to discuss their proposal.
- We will notify applicants of acceptance approximately four months before the start of the conference.
- For additional tips, watch the "Conference Speaking 101" web seminar, presented by TechWell conferences program chair, Lee Copeland.
If your proposal is selected, congratulations. Now the real work starts.
- Be authentic. Your peers want original ideas in real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
- Practice makes perfect. Remember to practice your talk to get the timing down so that you know your main message is not getting lost. Don’t include more slides than you have time for and be sure that your presentation is readable from the back row.
- Standard presentation time slots are 45 - 60 minutes depending on the conference, including 10 minutes allotted for Q&A.
- Here are some great resources:
- We encourage submitting technical papers that provide delegates with additional detail.
- Each of our speakers receives a complimentary conference registration (a $2,195 value). You will be automatically registered for the two-day conference.
- The contact information you provide with your submission will be used for all correspondence with you once you accepted. It should reflect the location where you can be reached throughout the conference planning process. Please notify us of any changes in your contact information immediately.