For the dutch test association, Testnet, I am participating in a session on Presentation skills and how to write a good proposal. While I wait for the skype call, I’ll try to compose a checklist for a good conference proposal. What makes a good conference proposal?
- A Catchy title that triggers attention
- A subtitle that explains the topic of the presentation
- An introduction that summarizes the punchline of the presentation, or that describes a problem that reviewers relate to
- A summary of the statement that you’ll make. So, do not ask questions like “how long should a presentation last”, but “I’ll state that a presentation should last 5 minutes”
- Explain how the talks aligns with the theme of the conference
- State a reference to your experience or research
- Talk benefit: why is the information you provide useful, how can it be applied by the participants
- Answer the WIIFM question (whats in in for me?), where me is the participant or reviewer
- Explain what is new, unique or special about the solution of you talk. This to avoid that your talks is being perceived as “yet another talk about …”
- Include an outline of the talk
This list is probably far from complete but I hope it helps you to improve your proposals and increase the chance of being selected.
Jean Paul made the following mindmap while I explained the points listed above.
Feel free to comment and add suggestions….