3 tips for writing a winning speaking proposal

If you want to catch the eye of someone planning a conference, then know your stuff and work your connections.

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1. Follow the rules.

Many associations and organizations provide concrete details on how they’d like to receive speaking proposals. It’s important to make certain you have all your ducks in a row early to ensure you meet the deadline and that your proposal isn’t rejected over a technicality. Those reading the proposals will appreciate the time you took to meet their requests.

• Are there character limits?

• Do you have to provide learning objectives? If so, how many?

• Is the submission form online or do they prefer materials sent over email?

• Must a bio be included?

• Is membership in the organization required?

• Do speaking references have to be included?

2. Start early, and do your homework.

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your proposal; take adequate time to develop an audience-specific submission. Conference coordinators like to receive proposals that are customized to their audience versus receiving irrelevant topics that don’t match the conference theme or purpose. Tips for ensuring a high-quality proposal include:

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