by Chaim Shapiro
As the college year and the new recruiting cycle get underway,the NACE Conference in June may seem far off in the distant future and a low priority, but that is NOT the case! The call for workshop proposals for #NACE17 will open this week, so it is time to get cracking!
Why should you bother? Here are the top five reasons to submit a workshop proposal for #NACE17!
Chart the future: As I always like to say, NACE IS the place to become actively involved in charting the future of our profession. People come to the conference to learn the latest ideas, techniques and best practices. GIVING a workshop allows you to be the teacher as opposed to the student and help set the agenda for your colleagues.
Know it better than ever: I like to fancy myself as a thought leader in the use of LinkedIn. For all the talk and articles and expertise, there is NOTHING that compares to presenting before your colleagues. When you give a workshop, YOU are the expert, there is NOWHERE to hide and you have to be ready to answer some tough questions. Your workshop preparation will ensure that you know your topic better than you EVER have!
Promote Your Employer: I like to joke that I am on the “present or perish” model for conferences. In other words, I love to go to conferences, but I ONLY get to go when I present.The reason is simple; it is a great way to help promote Touro College. When your proposal is accepted, your company/institutions name will be included in the program that is read by THOUSANDS of your colleagues!
Promote Yourself: I didn’t forget! When you present, YOUR name is also on the program. Thousands of your colleagues will see your name and equate you with expertise in that subject area. I can attest that a WORLD of speaking opportunities opened up for me after my first NACE presentation. Several years ago, I asked the organizer of a conference why she offered me a speaking slot without knowing me or having heard me speak. Her answer; I saw that you presented at the NACE Conference, so I had NO questions about your ability.
Build your professional network: I often say that the primary job AFTER a conference presentation is answering ALL of the interactions it generated on Twitter. When you present, you are front and center. I have met MANY valuable contacts after my presentations, and I ALWAYS make sure to connect with them on LinkedIn and Twitter so I can continue the relationship.
So, GET those presentation proposals in! I have been working on two of my own since June 11!
Chaim Shapiro, Director of the Office for Student Success, Touro College
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Chaim has given two workshops at the NACE Conference & Expo.