Add Your Voice to bbcon 2020!
Do you want to share your passion for technology, methodology, research, data, best practice, etc. in the social good world? Can you help other social good professionals solve problems and be more productive in their daily work lives? Are you searching for a way to network with the larger social good community? Would you like to raise your profile in the social good industry?
If so, we invite you to apply to speak at bbcon 2020!
Even if you have never presented at a conference before, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for new voices and new-fangled, fresh topics to accompany our seasoned, expert presenters and obligatory content. Any ideas, best practices, or challenges that you’ve grappled with and mastered should be seriously considered for submission. If it’s important to you as a social good professional, chances are it’s important to others in the industry as well.
Speaking at bbcon 2020 is a fantastic experience and, if you have ever attended bbcon, you know that the breakout sessions are an important part of the overall experience. And, we want you to join this year’s line-up to add your voice to bbcon!
Tips and Tricks on how to Write an Awesome bbcon Session Proposal
First and foremost, I love this part of my job. I truly look forward to reviewing session proposals because this content becomes the foundation of the experience at bbcon 2020. And, we are very fortunate in that we receive many submissions to review. However, that means we spend a lot of time reviewing session proposals. When we review the proposals, we are looking at the overall quality of the submission, the relevance to our bbcon audience, timeliness of the topic, and practical application. So, if you want to cut through all the noise, below are a few tips to use when crafting your session proposal. Keep in mind that attendees tend to rate sessions with real-life applications most highly.
Work on your title and session description separately before you submit on the form. You can review the submission form first to understand what you will need to prepare but it’s a best practice to draft your proposal outside the form. Then you can use review tools to check spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This will also help to ensure your title and description are both well thought out, succinct, and easily understood at a glance. Please, no swear words (yes, that has happened before!)
Treat your session content as a gold mine for attendees to learn things they have never heard before or new strategies they probably have never thought of.
Make sure your passion for the topic shines through in the title and description.
There’s a field on the form for “Learning Objectives”. Here you can share what the audience takeaways are for your session. Be sure to list the top three things attendees will learn from your session and be able to apply to their work.
Be authentic! Your peers need original ideas from real-world scenarios with relevant examples. Based on attendee feedback, sessions that add value and provide best practices that the audience can take back to their office and apply immediately score very high.
Limit the scope of your session. You may not be able to cover everything in your session time (either 45 or 60 minutes). Instead, pick a useful aspect or a specific best practice, or walk through a simple program.
Remember, what’s familiar to you may be new to someone else. Therefore, we recommend spelling out acronyms and not using too much industry jargon.
Make sure to have your bio and a headshot/photo ready for when you submit your proposal. It’s important to take the time to write your bio so we can understand who you are and what your experience is as we evaluate your session proposal.
On the submission form, there are a few questions that allow you to select multiple tracks, roles, and audiences that your session will target. We highly recommend being thoughtful about what you select and not simply select all of them. We want to ensure the session content will be relevant to the audience.
Please use the “Special Notes” field on the form to pitch us your session! Tell us why you think your session should be at bbcon 2020! Share with us who you are, why you’re excited about your topic, and why we should get excited about seeing you speak.
Don’t leave any fields blank or put “TBD”. That will not be accepted as a completed submission.
Keep proposals free of marketing, sales, and vendor pitches. Seriously, we can’t stress this enough. Pure sales pitches will be rejected.
If you have more than one topic you’d like to propose, please complete the submission process again for each topic.
Ready to submit your proposal? Click here.
About Caroline Stallings
Caroline Stallings is a strategic communications executive with a knack for award-winning programs that move the needle for the social good industry. Since joining Blackbaud in 2004, she has been a champion for bbcon serving in various capacities including speaker, booth captain, and track leader many times over. bbcon 2020 will be Caroline’s 15th bbcon!
As the Director of Corporate Communications, Caroline is responsible for strategic, global external and internal communications at Blackbaud. She leverages her 20+ years of experience to help grow, elevate, and protect the Blackbaud brand. Caroline leads a team of passionate communications professionals to manage Global Media/Public Relations, Internal Communications, Crisis Communications, Corporate Go-To-Market Campaigns, Corporate Advertising, Relationship Marketing & Communications, Mergers & Acquisitions Communications, and last but certainly not least, content curation for breakout sessions at bbcon.