What makes a good abstract?
Here are four examples of great abstracts that were selected for prior conference. Each proposal is 1) timely 2) tightly focused and 3) has great “take away” points.
- “Building a Dual-Purpose Emergency Command Center,” Jon Barnwell, Police Superintendent, Tulane University
- “Beyond Compliance: A Comprehensive Approach to both Sexual Violence and Alcohol/Drug Prevention,” Peter Novak, Vice Provost for Student Life, University of San Francisco
- “Building Your Communication Plan and Tool Kit Before the Storm Hits,” Kim Chaudoin, Lipscomb University, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
- “Rapid Active-Shooter Threat Assessment,” Stuart Fuller, Police Officer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Most of our sessions are solo presentations, but it’s great if you want to present with a colleague
- Sessions are 50 or 60 minutes.
- Audience interaction is highly encouraged
- All sessions end with 10 minutes of Q&A from the audience (included in allotted speaking time)
- PowerPoint presentations are optional, but all rooms are equipped with a projector. If you have special technical requirements, please make a note of it in your speaker proposal or email email@example.com.
What participants are looking for
Attendees love to hear how other colleges have approached a key challenge. Any case study that you can present will always go down well at the conference and be looked at favorably in the speaker selection process.
Tactics & takeaways
Keep in mind that our attendees are looking for tangible takeaways that they can implement when returning to their office.
Focus on the “how to’s”, not the “why’s”
We are looking for speakers to spend their time on the stage explaining how to make the most out of whichever topic they are speaking on, rather than spending their time telling attendees why that topic is important.
Show the pitfalls to avoid
Our attendees also love learning about what not to do, or how other organizations learned from their mistakes.
How to get your proposal selected
Include the details
Specific is always better than vague. Instead of submitting abstract on “Challenges Faced by Emergency Management Departments at Large Public Universities” submit an abstract on the specific issues that your department faced and how it was handled such as “Getting Buy-In from Stake Holders When Drafting an Emergency Management Plan” or “Creating a Relationship with Local, State, and Federal Agencies Before Disaster Strikes.”
You can still have macro-viewpoint presentations, such as “Changes in Campus Policing over the Last Decade,” but make sure that points you want to impart are clearly stated.
Keep your audience in mind
When you are creating your abstract, always think, “How do say this in the most memorable way?” Think about what your audience wants to know. Cut out unnecessary material. Think about what they might ask during the Q&A and put that information into your presentation.
Take-aways are important
When people skim a conference handbook to select which sessions to attend, they read the “take-away points” first, then they read the abstract if the take-aways grabbed their attention.
What to expect if selected
If you are selected, you will receive the official Speaker Invitation by email. If you accept the invitation, you must register for the conference as a speaker by the date listed in the email.
You will need to send us a print-quality headshot for the conference website.
If anything changes about your session or if there is even a remote possibility that you may cancel, please contact us immediately.
Arrival in Las Vegas
You must arrive at least the day before you are scheduled to speak. Speakers are responsible for travel to Las Vegas and lodging. Speakers are legible for the discounted conference hotel room rate. See the Hotel and Travel page for details.
Just submit your abstract using the speaker submission form.