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International Conference & Exposition Proposal Content Requirements

Please review the important information below to ensure you meet the proposal requirements.

Proposal Types

There are five proposal types that include Education session, First Time ATD Speaker, Innogizer, Panel and Preconference Workshop. Preconference Workshops, precede the start of the conference and are one day workshops that offer an in-depth treatment of topic to a smaller audience. the Concurrent Sessions which feature a range of subjects grouped by track. Education sessions, Innogizers and Panels are 60 or 75 minute in length and a panel consist of a moderator and up to four panelist.

When you enter your proposal you will be asked to select a session format that best describes your session.

Proposal Types (PDF)

Session Development

ATD education sessions are learning experiences first and foremost, and as such must be noncommercial in content and delivery. Your primary goal should be the attendees learning experience rather than a showcase for your ideas, products, and services. You will gain exposure for those things by providing something tangible for participants to take away. The more you can put yourself in their place in developing your session, the better your chances will be of being selected and of receiving good evaluations from participants.

When developing your session, make sure the content is informative and relevant, with clear and immediate application to the learner's work. Be sure the content corresponds with the applications to the job. Consider including interactive and/or hands-on methods to support learning within the conference session framework.

Proposal Submission Fields

There are nine (9) required fields that must be completed before submitting a proposal. These fields include: Session Title, Speaker(s), Session Description, Application on the Job, Session Description Short Form, Tracks/Learning Approach/Target Audience, Delivery Methods, and Videos. Be prepared to enter information into each field.

ATD International Conference and Exposition Proposal Template (PDF)

Session Description

We require two types of session descriptions. The first description should explain the basic background on your subject matter/topic, what you will discuss in your session and what prerequisite would be needed to attend. This description should be written so the selection committee can understand exactly what will be delivered to attendees. The second description should be a brief description of your session that, IF SELECTED, would be used in for the program guide, conference app, website and potential marketing pieces. This description should be written to encourage an attendee to come to the session and highlight the key learning points.

Please write both descriptions clearly and concisely making sure to include all necessary information. The focus of the descriptions should be on the content that will be delivered, not an editorial on the topic or an advertisement for the speaker or topic. Please write in the second person (you) and avoid references to the speaker and his/her published work by title. Commercial presentations for products or services may be delivered as Expo Demo sessions. For information on exhibiting and these session opportunities contact your ATD Sales representative.

Application on the Job (Objectives)

The reason ATD puts so much emphasis on how you write your learning objectives is to strongly encourage you to think deeply about the session you are proposing. We want these sessions to be top-of-the-line in terms of content, delivery, and applicability for the learner. Session participants evaluate sessions positively or negatively according to how much they can use the information on the job. If you follow the tips below for writing your learning objectives and develop your session accordingly, you will have a premier offering! Your learning objectives will be a key factor in evaluating your proposal.

Make sure that you can deliver on the objectives you choose! We are expecting you to deliver a deeper level of knowledge/skill to ATD learners.

Writing Learner-Focused Objectives (PDF)

Tracks and Topics

In order to create a well-rounded conference program and respond to feedback from attendees, ATD has done a significant amount of pre-planning for the 2017 conference education program. The topics listed within the tracks are a result of this planning and cover core and current topics, as well as trends.

ATD is seeking proposals to cover these topics. Proposals for topics outside this programmatic framework will only be considered if the content substantially supports the overall program.

International submitter: Please ensure that your presentation of the topic includes the perspective of your own country/region.

2018 ATD International Conference and Exposition Tracks and Subtracks (PDF)

Learning Approach

You will be asked to select a learning approach that most closely defines your session proposal. This layer is designed to focus on the program at the greater depth within each track. ATD will select proposals to ensure that all learning approaches are covered by the offered sessions. If your proposal fits into more than one learning approach, please select the one that is most relevant.

Target Audience

The majority of the conference participants are full-time training and performance practitioners, training directors, organizational development staff, government trainers, consultants, performance consultants' learning technologist, HRD managers, chief learning officers and professors from around the world. The conference audience ranges from novice part-rime practitioners to highly experienced full-time professionals. The expected attendance for the 2017 International Conference is more than 9,000 participants from 75 countries. Please ensure your content is suitable for a diverse audience.

For your proposal, please specify one target audience group from this list of options.

Delivery Methods

How you plan to deliver your session is as important as the content. ATD is the leader in workplace learning and performance and we want the conference education program to reflect that leadership. All speakers are asked to continue our shared quest for quality of both content and delivery of sessions. Remember that this is a learning experience. Even if you aren't a seasoned trainer or facilitator, spend some time researching and practicing some of the key strategies for facilitating learning. ATD has many resources such as Training for Dummies and other publications, which can assist you.

  • Limit your use of PowerPoint as a delivery method. Please note that slides and any supplemental materials will be provided electronically via the conference app and online.
  • Instead, design interactive ways to engage with the participants and have them engage with each other within the conference session framework.
  • Make sure that your content supports the Application-Focused Learning Objectives.
  • Model as many of the concepts you are delivering in the session as possible and practical.