Proposal deadline is approaching for the FloridaACE 2018 Annual Conference (THIS FRIDAY February 9th! If you a J (MBTI) you’ve probably written and submitted your conference proposal. But if you’re a P (MBTI) you’re probably still deciding what to write about and why you should write about it!
Well, if you’re suffering from writers block, ask yourself these questions to help guide you through the process.
1) What lead you to this topic? Everyone loves a good story. Your topic should touch on what brought you to this point. Did you notice a need or were you presented with a challenge? How did you decide how to fix it? Take your audience on the journey. Get them on the bus (start with the beginning) and then drive them to the destination (leading to why this topic is important)
2) What facts or ideas do you want to convey? Write down all those ideas related to your topic on a small note card. Then select the three best or most important facts or ideas.
3) Ask yourself why is this topic important. The goal of your proposal is to address this question first. Is your topic one that is getting overlooked in the Career Services or Corporate industry? Are their gaps of information surrounding this topic that other people are not covering? Have you figured out a few ways to fill those gaps with some of your research?
4) Why should someone care about this topic? Get to know who your audience is and why they should care about your subject. Audiences love data and stats, share with them how your topic can fix something in their world, or even enhance something they may be doing. Projects, programs, workshops, share what you’ve done with this topic and the impact it has had on your own audience.
5) What does the research say on this topic? (If any) Are there other experts who’ve share their advice, tips and suggestions on this topic? If so, see what they say and add whether you agree or disagree with their opinions and research. Check websites like NACE (National Association for Colleges and Employers) and see what articles (if any have been done surrounding this topic.
6) How do you want this topic to affect change? Affect change means, once your audience leaves the room, what do you want them to take away from your presentation? Would you like your audience to implement some of your ideas into their own program and initiatives? Provide them with a few examples on ways they can implement your topic into their centers.
Once you have finished answering these questions you will want to begin building your proposal. If you’re a little hesitant about submitting your topic, still submit! You can submit for both roundtable and main presentation. Make sure to follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/floridaace/ today at 12pm as we will be sharing tips on effective ways to organize your speech!
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Please consider submitting either a proposal to host Roundtable Topic you are knowledgeable and passionate about or a Presentation Proposal in which you can share your ideas and best practices with your colleagues from around the state. Here are some ideas to help get your creative juices flowing for possible topics for either Roundtable Topics or Presentations:
- Did you create any new successful programs, partnerships, models, or outreach efforts?
- Have you done any research on trends in recruiting or career services?
- Do you have any advice on how to successfully manage students or staff?
- Do you have suggestions for new technology to use or ways to improve your visibility on social media networks?
The deadline for submitting both Roundtable Topics and Presentation Proposals is February 9, 2018.
As a reminder, the top rated program from the 2018 Annual Conference will have to opportunity to present their program in a webinar in the fall of 2018, AND the lead presenter will receive FREE conference registration for the 2019 FloridaACE Conference.