5 tips for writing a great Connect abstract
Susan Bulloch 060000NYHH firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  susan_bulloch connect_2014 connect. abstracts ibmconnect connect2014
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Have you submitted an abstract for Connect 2014 yet? If not, why not? Maybe you need a little support on what is needed or how to write them. How about I give you a few tips?
1. Think: What can you offer?
Decide what you have to offer someone just like you. Seriously – what do you know about IBM products and services that other people may need to know? Take that and figure out how to present it in one hour (or 2 hours for some sessions). There is no pre-set agenda on what is required, but the tracks and streams listed here give plenty of guidance on the focus.
2. Consider: Would you pay for this?
What would you PAY to see somebody talk about? This is important. The information you’re providing is important, and valuable to attendees. How will your expertise help customers run their systems better, give more functionality, make support easier?
3. Cut to the chase
Take what you know and distill the description down to 75 words. That’s not a lot of words, so make them count. You are selling your expertise to a selection committee. Be clear about what you’re presenting and don’t try to use vague buzzwords for effect.
4. Be specific
Actually writing of the abstract is important. The track managers and product managers have a lot of information to sift through and a limited time frame. State what the presentation is covering, why it’s important to the attendees, what you will give them in terms of take away knowledge - such as improved availability or programming shortcuts or in terms of actual things – such as sample code. Once again, try to avoid those vague buzz words.
5. Proofread your abstract!
Lastly, use spell check and grammar check. If your abstract is unclear, has spelling errors and has bad grammar, the track manager is going to assume that your slides and your talk will reflect the same quality. Personally, that makes it very easy for me to press the button to reject the abstract. The slides are reviewed later down the road by the same people reading your abstracts, and no one wants to sign up for more work.
Finally, you have until
Susan Bulloch, IBM Advisory Software Engineer, has presented at Lotusphere, and now Connect since 2004. She has worked as a track manager on the organizing team for three years, reading more than a thousand abstracts in the process. (Or a possibly a million.) You can connect with her on Twitter @notesgoddess.
Call for abstracts has been extended until November 1.
Early Bird Registration is available until November 4