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VMworld 2016 Call for Papers Open Until April 12th

VMworld CFP 

Can you believe it?  VMworld 2016 is fast approaching!  This year's US event takes place August 28 - September 1, 2016 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

But before the event can kick off, VMware needs to issue a "Call for Papers" in order to build up its session list.  And that's exactly what they have done.

Now through April 12th, the VMworld committee is accepting speaking submissions for the world's largest virtualization event.  Yes, getting a submission accepted sometimes feels like an insurmountable obstacle.  But, yes... I'm saying it -- "there is a chance!"  Of course there's a chance you'll be selected to stand up on that big stage to push out your knowledge on a particular topic.  But if you don't submit, you're certain to be on the sidelines. 

The competition is always steep.  So, if you want to get selected and become a presenter at VMworld 2016, you're going to need to put some serious thought processes behind your submission.  If you wait to the last minute and throw something together... it will come across that way, and you're bound to fail.  

So, how do you succeed with getting your speaking session accepted?  There is no silver bullet.  However, putting some thought behind it, taking time to think about your proposal, and doing some research and planning will only help the situation.  Here are a couple of hints that might also help:

  1. Research and plan your topic.  See what's hot out there right now.  What are people searching for?  What do they need help with?  What's really cool but complicated?
  2. Come up with a clever title.  That's the first thing that will jump out at people.  And let's be honest, if the title stinks or doesn't capture the attention, they probably won't look at the abstract that follows. 
  3. Keep your abstract on point and make it as interesting as possible.  And provide enough details to get the message across and leave them wanting more!  Remember, you are the expert here.  Provide that expertise.

VMware has provided some additional tips:

Tips for Creating Effective Titles for Submission

  • Do not use abbreviations or acronyms under any circumstances in the titles of your submissions.
  • Do not use competitor or other company names in your submission titles. If you are highlighting other companies within your session, you can adopt these names within the session description.
  • Start with the benefit: Example: Shorten Adoption Time by Using VMware's XXX.
  • Use clear and concise language that attendees will immediately understand. The agenda will eventually host hundreds of sessions and attendees need to easily identify sessions of interest.
  • Straight forward language like "Introduction to", "Deep Dive" and "Case Study" are popular examples because they quickly tell the attendee important information about the session.  

Tips for Writing Winning Abstracts

  • Avoid beginning your session description with the phrase, "In this session we will..." or "In this session you will learn..." It does not add value and becomes tedious on an agenda of several hundred sessions. Instead, try a rhetorical question, or an interesting industry data point to start your session abstract.
  • Ensure that what you submit will be what you present. Nothing upsets attendees more than signing up for a session that is not as advertised.
  • Your abstract should generate enthusiasm - make sure your content is relevant, but also generates excitement. What invaluable information will be shared during the session?
  • Thoughtfully leverage the tags in the system for topics, level, and roles. Who is the target audience? What products or topics does this session cover outside of the track name? What roles would specifically benefit from this session? Do not check every check box unless your session is applicable to all.
  • Take the time to create well-written titles, abstracts, outlines, and the key takeaways for your submission. A thoughtful proposal has a better chance of being selected and if accepted, will be seen by thousands of attendees once published in the course catalog. • Be sure that your proposal doesn't sound like a sales pitch, but rather an exciting opportunity for attendees to learn something new. Breakout sessions are intended to be educational in nature and are the number one reason attendees come to VMworld.

Want more info?  Check out this FAQ to learn more.  And click here for submission guidelines.

Get your session together and submit before the April 12th deadline.

Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:01 PM by David Marshall
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