STC Fall Conference
October 1-4, 2013
The following information will help candidates to provide a complete speaker/session submission that will meet the STC's requirements and ensure full evaluation by the Conference Committee. The Speaker Submitter must follow these guidelines completely. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Cimaglia at 1-800-782-7670 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be received by the close of business (5:00 pm PST) on Monday, May 20, 2013.
It is important to note
that sessions presented at the STC conference may be topic-specific but may
not be a sales pitch for a vendor service or product. Specific
companies, products or services may be referenced in the context of the broader
presentation. This guideline is strictly enforced and presenters must provide
their presentations (in Microsoft PowerPoint™ format) to the STC prior to the
conference to ensure adherence. The only exception to this rule is
for panel discussions during which the specific technology (services, products)
may be discussed in terms of their technical capabilities.
Presentation material will
be made available to STC members via a secure website after the actual
conference. Presenters may opt out of this requirement but should understand
that this will diminish the value of their presentation.
does not provide financial compensation for speakers
addition, selected speakers are responsible for their travel expenses. The STC
does compensate speakers by providing the speaker with a one free day of the conference
allowing attendance at all other sessions and meals.
STC considers the submission of a proposal as a commitment to speak at the STC
Fall 2013 Conference. Cancellation of scheduled presentations due to speaker
termination creates a financial burden on the STC and demonstrates an
unprofessional image. If you or your proposed speaker is not willing to
make the presentation a personal schedule priorities for the dates of October 1-4,
2013, please do not submit a proposal in response to this Call for
submissions are accepted on-line only.
Please complete all aspects of
the Speaker Submission
Form. Submit a separate form for each proposed session and/or speaker.
The following information
Contact Information: Speaker name, Speaker Title/Position, Company (if applicable),
Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number and E-mail Address.
(Narrative format): This should be a short résumé or biography of
roughly 75 to 100 words that will be used to introduce the speaker and
published in the conference brochure and attendee's material. This biography
should demonstrate the speaker's expertise and experience with the subject
matter of the proposed presentation.
Experience: The speaker must include a minimum of three (3) previous
occasions when he/she has spoken to an audience of the same size or greater
than the STC. The speaker must demonstrate this experience by listing the
event, event date and session topic. The submission of a short video file of
the speaker is also welcomed but not required.
Title: Short title of the proposed session, case study, panel or
Description: A detailed description listing at least five (5) critical
education benefits of the presentation. The session description should be
detailed enough for the selection committee to appreciate its value.
Promotional Description: A 50 to 75 word marketing oriented "blurb”
for the conference brochure, which "sells” the session to potential attendees
and provides specific information about what attendees will learn.
Upon completion of the
on-line submission form a confirmation email will be sent advising you that it
has been received. If you do not receive your confirmation within three (3)
days of your submission, please contact Cathy Cimaglia at (800) 782-7670 or via
e-mail at email@example.com.
standard sessions will be 50 minutes in length. Speakers should plan to present
their information in 35 to 40 minutes allowing adequate time for attendee
questions. Panel discussions and other technical sessions may be longer in
length if the content is deemed highly valuable to attendees by the Conference
Planning Committee. If you believe that the session you are proposing merits
a longer session length, please indicate this in your submission.
Submission Do's and Don'ts
Don't submit a session you've already done for this audience, even in another venue.
Do submit something new, refreshing and un-canned.
Don't submit a sales pitch or company/product pitch.
Do submit something educational and enlightening that is applications-oriented and illustrated by end user case studies.
Don't submit something you really don't want to talk about.
Do submit something on which you are knowledgeable and excited about.
Don't submit what you think is the hottest topic of the time--chances are, so will every other potential speaker!
Do think creatively and submit something that's going to stand out from the crowd.
Don't submit if you're not sure you will be able to fulfill the obligation if you are chosen.
Do look at your calendar and make sure you can accept if you are invited to speak.
Don't assume the committee will understand the value of the presentation if you submit the speaker name and presentation title only.
Do submit an abstract of your presentation along with ALL other required information.
Don't submit incomplete or late information.
Do follow the directions and send in the requested information by the printed deadline.
Don't give up! We often receive many more submissions than we can use.
Do submit something for every conference. It will get noticed and you will be chosen.
The Speaker Selection
Committee will review each submission for completeness and give each submission
careful consideration. Overall, proposed presentations will be evaluated in
terms of the following:
Relevance to the practice of telecommunications consultants
- Educational content
- Originality of content and format
- Recent conference presentations
- Knowledge and experience of the speaker.
All submitters will be notified in writing of
the committee's decision by June 3, 2013