Submissions are reviewed by PHCC staff and subject matter experts. During the process, we vet the potential speaker and the content, not the speaker’s company or organization. PHCC expects the speaker to honor his or her commitment to present the proposed session as presented at the time of acceptance.
The proposals are evaluated in whole or in part on the following criteria:
- Topic is timely and will attract attendees
- Abstract and title of the session clearly demonstrates the session intent
- Learning objectives and learning level are well-defined
- Attendees will able to apply what they’ve learned in their professional roles
- Subject matter is cutting-edge or presents new ideas, presented in a creative and engaging way
- Context of the issues including real-world case studies, examples, and stories
- Potential for interactive participation for the audience
- Speaker presentation skills and experience
- Speaker is knowledgeable, engaging and experienced on the topic submitted
- Description does not contain overt and covert commercialism
- Overall high quality of the written proposal
Title (max 40 characters)
This is an attendees first impression of your presentation. Is it informative and engaging? Is it active, i.e., what, exactly, is the take away? Does it accurately reflect the session topic? Is it short and to the point (the title does not have to explain everything they will learn, that’s the job of the description)?
Session Description (max 150 words)
A well‐written description clearly identifies the purpose and intent of the session. It also piques the interest of the attendee and encourages them to attend your session. An effective description should: highlight the content and the learner outcomes (what will they learn); clarify the relevancy of the topic (why they need to know it); and highlight the benefits of attending the session (what they will be able to do with this information).
- Presenter – a presenter shares explanations of a given topic in an information session
- Facilitator – a facilitator guides group discussion and/or decision making
- Moderator – guides a group of subject matter experts (panelists) and audience participation in a discussion or information session
- Panelist – one of multiple topic experts chosen to share knowledge in a moderated discussion
The following sessions are available:
- Panel Discussion: moderated discussion by panel members with audience questions addressed. Presenter types: moderator, panelist
- Case Study: presenter discusses a real‐life problem and/or solution to a problem and invites audience participation. Presenter types: presenter
- Group Exercise: participants are divided into small groups and given a specific task to complete or problems to brainstorm solutions. Presenter types: facilitator, presenter
- Idea Exchange: moderator leads a discussion among participants. Presenter types: moderator, facilitator
- Interactive Workshop: informative with hands on instruction and time specifically allotted to engage participants actively to learn new techniques or information. Presenter type: presenter, moderator
- Round Table Discussion: moderator led discussion on a specific topic with debate. May be followed by Q&A. Presenter type: moderator
Preferred Session Length
Please select one from the list below:
- 60 minutes
- 75 minutes
- New! 90 minutes workshop (Wednesday only) – must be topic specific and highly interactive for the audience.
NOTE: session description must define how the session will be interactive for the attendees.
Who benefits most from being in the room?
- New construction
- Service and repair
You will be asked to indicate the complexity of the content. Select the level that best fits the level of content.
- Basic – content for attendees with less than two years of experience
- Intermediate – content for attendees with 3-7 years experience
- Advanced – content for attendees with over 8 years experience
Please select the track that best fits your session proposal. The examples for each track are general ideas and are not intended to be exhaustive. You may select up to 2 topics only. If more than 2 are selected reviewers will make final track determination.
The following descriptions should be viewed as a guide only.
- Business Management – planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, operations, and controlling an organization.
- Leadership – driving successful teams, leading multigenerational teams, communicating as a leader not a manager, leadership and business growth.
- Technology – latest technology trends, green living, improving customer health and comfort, streamlining everyday business practices, streamlining the fleet.
- Sales/Marketing – cultivating repeat customers, building your brand, boosting sales, customer testimonials, social media.
Learning Objectives (min. three)
Learning objectives show the measurable outcomes of the session. Learning objectives are best expressed through active verbs such as: learn, discover, establish, assess, identify, examine, construct, etc. Tip: when developing your learning objectives, complete the following sentence: “after this session, attendees will know…, or will know how to.., or can confidently discuss…”
NEW! Tweet Your Session! (max 280 characters)
Give us the tweet you would use to promote your session, if accepted, & we’ll tweet it out for you – remember 280 characters or less!
You will need to provide the following information for EACH SPEAKER:
- Brief Bio (recommended max 150 words)
Bios are brief, in paragraph form and focus on credentials and professional expertise in the topic being proposed. All presenters must submit a bio.
Speaker Expense Reimbursement
PHCC has limited funds available to reimburse speakers some of the expenses associated with presenting at CONNECT or fees. If you require reimbursement or charge a fee please indicate below. Each request will be fully considered.
Education programs at CONNECT are learning experiences and are noncommercial. Under no circumstances should a pre-conference workshop, general conference session, or breakout session be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service, or other self-interest.
Good luck. You can access the Call for Presentations by clicking here. We look forward to receiving your submission.