10. They have an idea but think they can’t find others to be on the panel.
We can help you find potential speakers. Just ask for help.
9. They think no one will be interested in their topic.
You’ll never know unless you submit. And you might find a bunch of people are interested.
8. They think only SAA Fellows and big wigs can present.
Program Committees look at more than just the presenters.
7. They are scared to speak in front of large groups.
Submit your proposal and know you are speaking in front of your friends and colleagues.
6. They are scared to write a big paper.
You don’t have to. There are many different session types where there is no need for a paper. This includes new formats such as fish bowl, world cafe and Pecha Kucha where there is the opportunity encourage audience interaction and participation.
5. They don’t know how to get session endorsements.
Contact the section and roundtable chairs for details. They will be more than happy to help you.
4. They think the form will take too long to fill out.
Most of the questions limit the number of words in the answer to less than 150. It’s quick, easy and painless.
3. Somebody did the same thing last year.
Is it a hot topic that needs deeper exploration? Did someone present and you disagreed and want to give a different point of view? Do you have a different spin on the topic? Then submit your proposal.
2. A person on the Program Committee doesn’t like me and will make sure my session isn’t accepted.
There are ten people on the Program Committee. One won’t stop a good proposal from succeeding.
1. They forgot…
The deadline for session proposals is September 30th. The link to the form is on the SAA home page.