Conference proposals

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.

Mindmap Proposal

Feel free to comment and add suggestions….

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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