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Applying to Speak at SMWNYC? 3 Tips to Help Your Submission Shine

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Thinking about submitting a session proposal for Social Media Week New York? Here’s what you need to know.

Only a few days remain for you to submit your application to speak at Social Media Week New York! Coming to the Sheraton New York Times Square April 30th to May 2nd, 2019, it’s your opportunity to take the stage and share lessons and knowledge with marketing and brand professionals from all over the world.

We want you to put your best foot forward as you make your case to present, so read on for a few tips on how to craft the perfect presenter application.

Take Note of Theme

Our global theme for 2019 is “Stories, With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility.” What does that mean to us? As you consider how to best frame the knowledge and expertise you want to share, consider our definition:

The stories we tell, consume and share have the potential to shape who we are and what we become. With such influence, comes responsibility and as storytellers we have an obligation to ensure that the platforms, the content we create and how it gets distributed helps people become better and more productive citizens.

Successful submissions will keep the above in mind, and clearly frame the information shared through its lens.

Not “Show and Tell,” But Share and Teach

How will your proposed presentation not only demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, but also help your audience develop and improve their own knowledge and expertise? Keep the answer to that question in mind as you craft your proposal. Also, take note: your submission should not be your session. Keep it short and to the point.

This can impact not just what you choose to share, but how. Think about the program format that makes the most sense for your ideal session. Some of the options include time for Q&A, others do not. Some are better suited for a solo presenter, others lend themselves better to group facilitated sessions or panels. All of this matters as you prepare your proposal.

Take The Assist: Browse Past Schedules and Wrap-Ups

Let our coverage be your guide! Explore the schedules and recaps from past conferences to learn more about what stood out. These recaps are filled with highlights from presenters, audience interaction, and more clues to how you can best articulate what you want to impart to attendees.

Again, you have until Friday, December 14th to apply to make your mark on Social Media Week New York. Armed with the tidbits above, we hope you’ll throw your proverbial hat in the ring- and we can’t wait to see your application!

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