A good title is important. It should make a great first impression and be engaging. Descriptive titles work well. Make it clear what the talk’s about - what is its focus or subject area?
Examples of the types of title we’re looking for are:
- descriptive - ‘A workshop with exercises to explain the differences between mentoring and coaching’
- engaging - ‘You’re invited to an Interactive Holistic Detective Workshop’
- combination - ‘introducing The Holistic Detective Game - exploring the relationship between mentoring and coaching’
There are many other ways to achieve this balance. Keep it authentic and find your own style.
This is not just for the panel reviewing your submission. We’ll use your abstract as your session description on our website and in the programme booklet.
It should be a short description - around 20 to 50 words. It should also be honest, engaging and informative, helping people decide if the session is for them.
The programme is packed and there are difficult choices for participants to make. It's not about packing a (virtual) room with false promises. It may be better to have a room of 20 people who are all happy with their decision to come, than a room of over 50 people where most feel the talk is not what they expected.
This is an opportunity to give us more detail. The information is not usually shared with participants, but we may use some of your description to add to your summary. For example, we often use ‘Participant takeaways' in your session description online.
Provide all details you feel are relevant. Descriptions with more detail are generally rated higher by the review panel.
We strongly recommend you include between 3 and 5 takeaways for participants. If the session is pitched to a specific level, such as beginner or advanced, make that clear.
Workshop descriptions often deserve more attention, as most are longer than a talk. The panel need to understand what will be delivered, and be confident it’ll be delivered well. It often helps to provide a more detailed agenda and breakdown of learning outcomes.
Do tell us if your session has been given before. Is it an iteration on one you presented at the conference previously? Is there flexibility on your session’s duration? Tell us if it’s interactive - especially if it’s listed as a talk or case study - as some participants prefer not to join interactive sessions and choose talks instead.
Make sure you’ve given us all the relevant details in a clear and concise way. We might reject a potentially great session if we do not have enough information.
Types of session
We're happy for you to present a session about your experiences or something you've done, but we encourage interactive sessions that generate conversation with the audience, group discussion or ‘hands-on’ experiences.
A presentation and discussion of real-life experiences of the application (or mis-application) of relevant techniques. Case studies include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how new the work is.
A presentation and discussion of a specific topic or issue. Talks should include sharing of real-life examples and experiences.
A ‘hands-on’ working session focused around a specific topic, tool, technique or issue. Led by the speaker, workshops usually include interactivity or individual/group exercises. Tell us if you need to cap numbers.
A more informal session that allows the participants to bring thoughts, ideas, questions and problems on a topic. Tell us which type of discussion you propose when submitting and if you need to cap numbers.