Over the past few years, there has been a trend towards shorter conference talks. We’ve seen it in keynotes as well as in regular speaking slots, and everything is getting shorter. The
SOURCE Conference has been a part of that trend with 40-minute speaking slots, and lately, we’ve been mixing in 3-5 minute audience participation lightning talks and 5-10 minute vendor turbo talks as well.
For 2018, we’ve decided to take this one step further, and we’re going to offer 18-minute Snap Talks. We feel this is an extremely compelling format for a talk, and we’ve been getting lots of great feedback around the idea of incorporating it into our events.
We love to experiment and innovate with our events, so we’ve set up a number of Snap Talk experiments throughout the year:
– At our upcoming 2018 SOURCE Boston event, we will be introducing the concept of Snap Talks, and will provide some sneak preview Snap Talks on the main stage to demonstrate the new format. We’re aiming to set the bar high for the inaugural Snap Talks.
– For our Dublin event, we will have a 2 day, 2 track event. One main track of Snap Talks, and a second track of workshops. We already have some great speakers lined up for this one, so if you’re in Dublin in June, you’re going to want to check this out! Submit CFP HERE
– For Seattle, we will run this as part of a 2 day, 3-track event: 1 track of regular talks, 1 track of Snap Talks, 1 track of workshops. This may very well be our conference format going forward. Submit CFP HERE
–For our first year in Austin, we are currently planning on a 2 day, 2 track event: 1 track of Snap Talks and 1 track of workshops. We’re going to have an incredible line-up for this one, and we may add more content as we get closer to the event. Stay tuned!
Below are the parameters for the SOURCE Snap Talk format. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have.
– 18 minutes talks
– Focused primarily on one topic. Talks can cover people, process or technology-related topics, and we’ll try to select a good balance of the three.
– Snap Talks can be used to do one or more of the following:
– Introduce a new or innovative idea or solution
– Make connections or draw conclusions that people may not have otherwise made
– Provide a snapshot of where we are at as an industry
– Provide forward-looking viewpoints and predictions about where you see things headed.
It can be more challenging to give a short talk than a long one, especially if you’re not familiar with the format. Here are some tips that may be helpful:
– Think/Do/Feel. Decide up front what you want your audience to think/do/feel at the end of your talk. Be able to articulate it in 10 words or less.
– Outline. Outline your talk and make sure it logically flows from one point to the next. Cut out anything that doesn’t support your think/do/feel.
– Slides. Slides are not required, and perhaps not necessary for many talks. But if you use them for a shorter talk, try to stick with pictures or small number of words. Verbose, wordy slides distract your audience, and for a short talk, this tends to detract more than benefit. Use handouts or point them to a website for more detailed information.
– Practice. Practice to make sure you can stay on point and within time. Ideally, give your talk in front of a test audience for people who don’t know your topic. Ask for feedback and find out if they got lost or confused at any point along the way. If they did, refine your talk and practice it some more.
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