Here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your proposal:
- Your proposal is a sales document, not an academic précis. You must sell your topic, your choice of presentation type, and yourself! So, be interesting!
- Reflect on why anyone would want to hear what you have to say and focus on that in your title and abstract. (Don’t minimize the attractiveness of a well-crafted title.) Clarify the value added of your product.
- Make sure to clearly connect your proposal to one of the sub-themes; reviewers will be more inclined to agree with you that your proposal is relevant if they can easily make the connection.
- Choose a presentation format that is appropriate to your message and your objectives.
- Be brief. Yes, the online form will limit you to so many characters to present your topic and yourself but don’t feel like you need to use more space then needed even if there is some left.
- Write your summary and your bio in the third person using full sentences (no point form). If your proposal is accepted, they will be used to present you and your work in the conference program.
- Use the active form and avoid jargon and bureaucratic writing. Proposal reviewers could well not share your corporate culture or even your disciplinary leanings.
- If this is going to be your first time presenting in a virtual format, remember that the C2021 organizing team will be there to support you with guidance and tools.
You will hear back on December 6 if your proposal is accepted, rejected or put on a waiting list.