HOW TO SUBMIT MEETING PROPOSALS
Meetings are held the third Wednesday afternoon in January, March, May, July, September and November in the greater Boston area. Our audience is comprised of mid to top-level professionals who are looking well beyond introductory education. Therefore, we are looking for speakers who:
- Tackle important new topics that have an impact on the industry
- Offer a new approach or another way of thinking about current topics
- Present fresh and inspiring ideas on treasury and finance operations
All submissions must be educational in nature and not feature overt marketing or direct selling for a single company or product, although mentions of products and services are acceptable in order to illustrate learning points. In short, sales pitches are not allowed!
Sessions – 50 minutes in length. Sessions allow speakers to present information on a wide variety of topics. Proposals should offer tangible, meaningful take-away value to the audience, including customer perspectives, lessons learned, best practices and performance metrics. It is preferred if financial institution/vendor/service provider submissions include a user/customer co-presenter.
Workshops – 100 minutes in length (split by 10 min. break). Workshops allow the speaker to present to a limited audience on a topic in-depth, using a variety of interactive training techniques. Presenters are expected to provide tangible, meaningful take-away value to the audience.
LEVEL OF PRESENTATIONS
The level of presentation is identified by the submitter(s) and is based on expected audience experience and knowledge. Session attendees evaluate the presentation by the appropriateness of the level and the ability of the speakers to meet the described objectives. It is very important to accurately identify the level of your session. The Board of Directors reserves the right to modify the level and will instruct submitters accordingly so that they may meet audience expectations.
Fundamental sessions require little or no previous knowledge of the topic material by attendees and should emphasize the definition of terms and description of key concepts. These sessions take the “who, what, when, where, why and how” approach.
Intermediate sessions requite a basic knowledge and some experience in the topic area by the attendees. Brief emphasis on terms is recommended. The focus should be on “How does it work?” and the user benefits, and should include detailed examples. Some evaluation of alternative methods would be appropriate. Key words could include execute, perform, apply, accomplish and measure.
Advanced sessions require a working knowledge and considerable experience in the topic area by attendees and may further require basic or working knowledge in one or more related areas outside the specific topic area. The focus should be on “Can I apply this to my organization?”, “How do I implement it?”, “How to evaluate it?”. Key words could include: integrate, conceptualize, analyze, evaluate and implement. Examples and calculations may be fairly complex and only new technical terminology should be specifically defined. Also included in sessions of this level are in-depth evaluations of alternatives.
Please have the following information available before you start.
• Your full contact details – name, telephone number, email.
• A short biography (max 500 characters allowed)
• Your photo (headshot preferred in jpg/gif/png format)
• A Company / Organization Logo (in jpg/gif/png format)
• If co-presenting – second speaker details including email address
• Title of the proposed session (try to make this interesting, if not quite intriguing)
• Description of the proposed session/s including three learner outcomes or takeaway points
Include all in a Word document and send by email to email@example.com.
Meeting Proposals are reviewed by the New England AFP Board of Directors. The members review and critique session proposals according to specific evaluative criteria, including:
- Relevance to the industry.
- Originality of material.
- Overall perceived quality of session content.
- Timeliness of topic.
- A well-defined focus.
- Completeness of presentation proposal.
- Appropriate inclusion of customer/end-user co-presenters.
- Perceived take-away value for attendees.
- Speaking experience of presenters.
- Participant evaluations of presenter at previous New England AFP events, if applicable.
- Uniqueness of approach to the topic or of presenter perspective.
NOTIFICATION TO PRESENTERS
All those submitting proposals will be notified of acceptance 45-60 days prior to the meeting date.
Please contact Maureen Rubel, (508) 291-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org.