Three Ways to Make Your NatCon Proposal a Winner
Student Veterans of America | June 16, 2017
Written By: Mr. Barrett Bogue, Vice President, Public Relations and Digital Engagement
SVA will hold its 10th Annual National Conference January 4 – 6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. The Conference will bring together student veterans, alumni, higher education personnel, researchers, stakeholders and policymakers from around the country to share information and network. This year's theme is, Defining Our Future. As the deadline nears for #NatCon2018 proposal submissions, we decided sit down with SVA's own Barrett Bogue and get his take on what makes for a winning proposal. Here's what he had to say!
Use a Catchy Title
You're competing for the attention of nearly two-thousand attendees when you present at NatCon. Many if not all of them will first learn about your presentation from the NatCon website or program guide. Make your presentation stand out with a catchy title. If you work in higher education, avoid the temptation to make it sound too academic. Student veterans attend NatCon to be enriched and grow professionally. For example, "How to Be GI Bill Ninja" is an attention-grabbing title that captures your immediate attention because ninjas.
Remember: You're the Presentation
PowerPoint and printed handouts are just tools to deliver your content. Attendees are there to hear and see from you, the main event. So be sure to spend time practicing what you will say and how you will present your compelling content. Try not to read verbatim from your slides or handouts but use them as a guide instead. Get the audience engaged by asking them a poll question by show of hands. Smile often and make eye contact. NatCon is best time for us to empower the next generation of leaders!
Always Have a Q&A
If you're working on your proposal and think, there's no way I'll have time for the audience to ask questions, please reconsider! Asking questions is the best way an audience can engage with your content to make it more relevant. Ensure they leave with some, if not all, of their questions answered. If you can't answer any questions, then provide your contact info for attendees to submit questions to you.