Submission Tips

As an AFP 2021 Speaker you get access to great perks like receiving complimentary event registration. You'll want to be selected in order to take advantage of these perks so here are some tips to help your proposal stand out. And remember to submit your proposal by the February 26, 2021 deadline.

Make Your Session Proposal Stand Out

In this AFP Conversations podcast interview, Aurora Gregory, Marketing Communications Strategist and Author of “Get Picked: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Creating Irresistible Speaker Proposals", shares her insights on what it takes to create a winning session proposal. She has worked with some of the largest companies in the world to help them get their stories up to speed, and in this interview, she provides you with tips on how to get your session proposal ready for prime time.

Increase your chances of getting your submission noticed with some of our top tips below.

  1. Write a paragraph rather than use bullet points. Your session should be a narrative, not a list of ideas.
  2. Your session title should draw attention to the subject matter discussed in the body of the submission.
  3. Your proposal should explicitly state how your topic would benefit a corporate practitioner.
  4. As best you can, use the name of the corporations involved in your proposal. A definitive story about a proven process is attractive to reviewers.
  5. Take some time to figure out the format that is appropriate for your submission. Use a format that fits your proposal perfectly, it will have more punch. Consider the best way for attendees to consume the information you are sharing.
  6. Look forward. A session about new issues corporates will be facing in coming years stands out from sessions that cover familiar topics.
  7. Write clearly and use correct grammar. Your description forms the basis for what AFP shares in our program materials, web site, etc.
  8. Submit or update the biography for each speaker. This adds professional credibility to your speakers and your proposal in general.
  9. Write and edit the proposal several times before you finally submit. Taking the extra time will make the focus of the proposal clearer for the task force's review.
  10. AFP Staff is here for guidance—ask questions if you are unsure of an aspect of your submission.

Submit Your Proposal