Does any of the graduate students have experience presenting at a conference? I would like to get more information about the process, the conferences where you presented, the topic, etc. I would appreciate any advice!
I have presented at over 10 conferences and would love to share a few tips.
For education, ASTD, ISTE can be interesting. I bet more folks know a lot of other good ones. Some socieities have local chapters or events. Personally I'm a fan of VWBPE because it's online so I don't have to bother with travel (though online is not everyone's cup of tea) I presented at VWBPE one experiences with designing Quest based learning (3dgamelab), for example.
When you find a list of confernces that interest you you can make a calendar of when they hold their events each year to remember when to submit a paper. If you've already been accepted, then ...Bravo!
1) Make a note of these key dates and points
- CFP (call for papers) - the date your submission is due. Also note if they just want an abstract, or the whole thing.
- Date of notification of acceptance
- Note any formatting required
- Book your travel early to get good seats on the plane and a good hotel room (unless the conference is online of course)
- Date the final copy is ready
- Date of the event
Also remember to save your receipts over $50 USD or whatever is required for reimbursement if any.
When you're presenting
- Get their early to setup with the projector and mic if any
- Bring a business card if you want. You can make cheap ones at http://www.vistaprint.com, for example.
- Introduce yourself (nless someone else will - "Earn the right to speak" is a Dale Canegie best practice
- Start up slow so if folks miss the first 5 mins when they arrive late it will work out
- Consider how interactive you want to be. I find people prefer to talk rather than listen, so some Q&A is good
- Crowd Control - be prepared to say "Good point, let's discuss that more after the presentation or during a break" - so folks don't get you off schedule.
- Clock - At the half way time mark ask yourelf if you're halfway done
- Have a 'call to action' at the end. Do you want folks to follow your work? How would you like them to do that? (blog? twitter? etc)
- Be ready for the best part - the networking after tyour talk. Folks may come to you after the preso and talk your ear off, which is a good thing.
Good luck with your conference!!! (& Happy Holidays!)