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Long Weekend? Submit a Conference Proposal! Top 5 Tips.


With Thanksgiving coming up, many of us will enjoy a well-deserved long weekend.  After celebrating with friends and family, eating leftovers, and perhaps beginning holiday decorations, consider submitting a conference proposal!  The deadline has been extended to December 1, so take advantage!  Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs Gerald Tang (Baruch College) and Ali Joyce (Northeastern University) shared their top 5 tips for submitting a conference proposal.  See below, and happy writing!


  1. Give it time – A good proposal takes time to create! Set aside a few hours to review past proposals, draft out your presentation outline, and craft your title and session description.
  2. Tailor your session – Increase your chances of being selected by aligning with one of our topics above and think about a format that involves the audience and stimulates discussions (instead of straight lecture).
  3. Make it catchy – The title and description you create now will be listed in the app and booklet, so consider the audience, topic area and relevance to your presentation. Use action verbs and results-oriented words. Your title must be both attention-grabbing and give a good description of your session.
  4. Get credit – Sessions that are NBCC or HRCI accredited have an increased likelihood of being selected for the conference, and tend to have higher attendance. Review the guidelines for HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) and NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors).
  5. Share takeaways – Think about the learning outcomes. What information will attendees learn? What new insights will you cultivate? What best practices or how-to’s will you share? Answer the following: “By attending this session, attendees will gain…”


Begin your proposal today. 



Gerald Tang (Baruch College) and Ali Joyce (Northeastern University), 2018 Annual Conference Programming Co-Chairs.

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