I hope that by viewing this page it means you have decided you’d like to take up the challenge and speak at an upcoming event. The rules are simple and intended to give even the most quiet person an opportunity to participate.
- You must be a new speaker. You have not spoken at any major events though you may have spoken once or twice at a local event. [We are firm on this rule. We want new speakers to feel kinship with other new speakers. Please let the new folks catch up to you. 🙂 ]
- Talks may be any length from 1 minute to 15 minutes.
- Apologies of any sort are not permitted, e.g., no apologizing for speaking quietly or rushing or forgetting what you were going to say.
- You may speak about your own work, a colleague’s work, or something you saw in the news or at a conference. You can even speak off the cuff if you like.
- The topic can be anything research related – market research, social research, opinion research, polling, sampling, questionnaires, focus groups, IDIs, data, statistics, charts, data science, data visualization, neuroscience, etc
- You may elect to receive public, private, or no feedback from the chair, someone else, or anyone who wishes to do so. It is 100% your decision.
- Let your Chapter Chair know ahead of time if you plan to speak. Tell them how long you think you will speak so they can plan all the speakers.
- Let the chair know if you want to be treated like a formal presenter wherein they will time you and the audience will ask questions. Otherwise, casual will be the format and the audience will just enjoy hearing what you have to say.
- You don’t need to use presentation software or have prepared slides
In our group, there are no bad talks, only courageous speakers. We’re all rooting for you.