Why present?If you have ever sat at a conference as a delegate and thought, I can do that or I would like to do that, or if you have work or a project to promote, presenting at a conference is an ideal platform to showcase your findings at a national and international level. I would recommend that everyone thinks about the personal and professional growth that can be gained from stepping outside of your comfort zone and actively participating as a presenter. See it as a new challenge to take your networking to the next level.
What is an abstract?A conference abstract is a brief summary of a paper you want to present at a conference. Your abstract is like a business card. It is your sale’s pitch. You want to stand out. You are selling your ideas to the conference organisers, and then to the conference delegates. A poor abstract submitted to a conference organiser is very unlikely to be accepted. A good conference abstract and the chance to present at conference is great for your professional portfolio. Conference presentations whether oral or poster, are presented in person. You need to engage your audience, and conference organisers will want to know how you intend to hold their interest. You need to get this across in your abstract.
My top tips
- Take some time to think through the kind of presentations that the conference attracts.
- Be sure to check out the conference themes – what is the overarching theme and what sub-themes are the conference focusing on. Abstract reviewers will be looking to see how your proposed presentation aligns.
- Stick to the conference abstract guidance.
- Your conference abstract is the only thing that the conference organisers will see; it needs to be strong enough to stand out from the others? Consider what will make your presentation unique and appealing?
- Write in plain English.
- In a few sentences, explain what you intend to include in the presentation itself. So, perhaps something like, ‘I will briefly outline the… I will present slides outlining….’
For further guidance, read through our useful hints and tips for writing a successful abstract.
You want to give conference organisers confidence that you can put together and deliver an engaging presentation.
So now you’ve read my top tips, my advice is go for it. Take that step, it’s your time to shine! Consider submitting an abstract for the Education Forum Conference and Exhibition 2022.
For more information on the conference themes and submission process, visit the event website. Be quick though, abstract submission closes midnight on Wednesday 20 October 2022.
A final word, presenting at a conference means that your local organisation will be showcased. This can provide a great justification to your employer for time off/and funding to attend.