Announcement season is beginning as it always begins: with the most important week of the year. We’re very grateful to the speakers who’ve come to Dad 2.0 over the years (check out the roll calls for Austin, Houston, New Orleans, and San Francisco), and now it’s your turn to shape our Washington DC roster and help make our fifth Summit our best.
Our Speaker Form will be open for one week, until midnight ET on Monday, September 21, And as you prepare your submission(s), here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- See where we’ve been. Check out our breakout sessions for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. We realize that some topics are evergreen and worthy of our attention, but we want to avoid carbon copies. If you want to revisit a topic, be sure to tell us what’s changed, and how to update the conversation.
- How big is your audience? Sessions at Dad 2.0 run from broad audiences (keynotes, TEDnite presentations) to the narrow (breakout sessions, workshops). When pitching your idea, please try to add the format(s) in which you think it might fit best.
- We run the gamut. We talk a lot about professional blogging and connecting with brands to create content marketing campaigns. But we also know that before you can build a career as a paid blogger, you have to find your groove as a writer, as a father, and as a man. Subject matter over this complete spectrum is welcome.
- Think specific. Rather than suggest a broad idea such as “working with brands,” talk about a particular triumph or challenge you experienced within that relationship, and why that experience was valuable. Tangible takeaways are a must; spirited discussion (and/or debate) encouraged.
- But don’t overthink. Above all else, please do not put off submitting because your idea feels like it isn’t perfect. This is a call for Ideas, and all ideas are welcome.
- We encourage new voices. If you haven’t pitched an idea before, we especially want to hear from you. We thrive on new faces and perspectives.
- No need to reinvent the wheel. Plenty of people have successfully pitched before you, so ask around. Avail yourself of the community, and they won’t steer you wrong.
Whether or not you’re coming to DC next February, and whether you’ve been blogging for 15 years or 15 minutes, your opinion matters. This is your conference, and its success begins and ends with your involvement. So click here, and be involved.