Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How To Get An ISTE-2010 ( NECC-Denver) Proposal Accepted !!!

I have not lost it! I am not crazy!! I did not stay out in the sun for 5 hours!!!
That is the reaction i received, when I shared with a few close friends that I was going to do a Blog Post on the secrets of getting accepted at NECC

I have reviewed conference submittals for a number of years and it amazes me how many of the proposals need a lot of work to be considered for a slot in the conference....

I am going to give you several tips on how to make sure your proposal "Stand Out' and have a better chance of being selected.

A great proposal can be decisive in securing a presentation slot at NECC, while a poor one can cause your submission to go it the "reject" box.

Follow these 11 tips to a write a "GREAT" proposal every time.

1. Create a powerful, but concise 25-30 word summary Decision-makers start with and focus on the opening statement and summary, so create this section with that fact in mind. When writing the summary, assume that the reader knows little or nothing about the proposed project.

2. Be generous with your ideas Share your expertise. Attendees are looking for solution and new ideas to use in their districts classrooms. Use your ideas and solutions to show conference attendees your approaches to problems in creative and innovative ways.

3. Quantify the results that the attendee can expect from your conference presentation. Be specific on the results in the form of performance objectives. List the process, solutions and methodologies.

4. Size does matter Keep your proposal submission as short as possible, while meeting the conference requests and requirements. Think quality, not quantity.

5. Focus on the individual attending your session at the conference. Many proposals begin with a long discussion of the individuals describing their qualifications and history. There is usually a place for that at the end of the submission. Focus your proposal on the " INDIVIDUALS NEEDS" first.

6. Remember, conference attendees care only about how you'll address their issues, so show them how you'll do that.

7. Beware of best practices. Instead of relying on answers that worked for a previous conference, find a blend of outstanding practices and innovative solutions that fit the individual attending the conference.

8. Be accurate and Sweat every detail Double-check and triple-check the information. Spell check the submission at least 3 times. You'll risk turning a winning proposal into a loser if you present inaccurate data and/or misspelled words.

9. Rewrite your resume for every proposal. Some conferences require a resume. Highlight the skills in your resume that demonstrate your qualifications for the presentation at hand.

10. Finish early Let your proposal sit for a day after you've completed the final draft, and then reread it completely before sending it to the conference committee. You're likely to come up with some new ideas that enhance your work, and you may find errors that you missed earlier.

11. Let your personality shine through. Give the review committee a sense of your culture and your style of standing in front of the group and making the presentation. What will it be like to attend this session at the conference?

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