AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Congress 2017 - Speakers Call for Interest

Conference Date: November 20-22, 2017

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, February 13, 2017

    Introduction

    Thank you for your interest in presenting at Congress 2017! The theme of this year’s conference is Inspiring. Inclusive. Innovative. As such, we are looking for submissions that tie in with this theme. Each of these words can be interpreted differently from person to person, so we want to see your take on this theme in your proposal. Congress sessions are divided into four types – workshop, presentation, discussion and case study. These formats take into account the different ways adults learn, as well as how presenters prefer to deliver content. Please determine how you would best engage your prospective audience with your topic using one of these formats. Our Green, Yellow and Red audience levels help speakers target and tailor their content, and guide delegates in choosing sessions that are appropriate for them and their desired learnings. Please visit the Congress 2016 website for examples of previous sessions: http://afptoronto.org/congress/sessions/

    Instructions

    If you are submitting more than one session proposal for consideration, please submit a separate application form for each proposal. Please note that you may only submit a maximum of THREE proposals. If your session will be presented with a partner, please list the lead/primary contact as the “Speaker” and the second person as the “Co-Speaker”. Changes to, or the addition of, a co-speaker must be approved in advance by the Congress Education Committee. If your application is successful, the session description and learning outcomes provided in this form will be used for Congress marketing purposes and made available to conference delegates. Please ensure your wording is clear, concise and correct. Fields with a red asterisk are mandatory. Please be as thorough as possible with your submission. Failure to complete information will result in the application being penalized.
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    Session Format

    WORKSHOP: To learn or upgrade a specific fundraising skill. Outcome: In-depth class on a specific topic. Part lecture, part group or individual work. Participants will leave having learned and practiced new skills. Speaker Requirements: Experience in adult education; expertise in subject/topic; ability to manage a multi-dimensional learning environment. Format: 65% of time dedicated to the lecture; 25% dedicated to group or individual work; 10% for discussion and/or Q&A. PRESENTATION: To hear from and be inspired/challenged/informed by a speaker with significant skill and experience. Outcome: A thought-provoking, highly professional presentation on a topic of current interest. Speaker Requirements: Expertise in the subject matter; experience delivering lectures; ratings and/or references as a lecturer/speaker. Format: 90% of time dedicated to the presentation; 10% for discussion and/or Q&A. DISCUSSION: To explore a current topic of interest with other professionals. Outcome: Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and explore the complexities of a topic without the expectation of leaving with a specific one-size-fits-all solution. Speaker Requirements: Experience facilitating group discussion; knowledge of subject/topic; ability to maintain objectivity while creating a stimulating, inclusive discussion environment. Format: 65% of time dedicated to the presentation of content related to the subject matter; 35% for facilitated group discussion. CASE STUDY: To hear about and learn from the experience of a peer individual, group or organization. Outcome: A lecture presentation by one or two individuals describing the objectives, methods and outcomes of a particular study or project. Speaker Requirements: First-hand experience of a specific work or research project; willingness and ability to work within a limited time frame. Speakers should be prepared to summarize their experiences by presenting key learnings and/or recommendations that would be applicable to the widest spectrum possible of session participants. Format: 80% of time dedicated to the presentation; 10% dedicated to the presentation of key learnings/recommendations; 10% for discussion and/or Q&A.
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    Audience Level Descriptions

    GREEN LEVEL (Practical): These sessions provide basic instruction on a topic area. For delegates who are new to fundraising or are experienced in fundraising but want to learn new skills. YELLOW LEVEL (Strategic): These sessions offer more advanced instruction. For delegates who have experience as a fundraising staff person or volunteer and want to enhance their evaluation and strategy development skills. RED LEVEL (Leadership): These sessions are for senior level leaders and practitioners. For delegates who have 10+ years of experience and want in-depth analysis and/or discussion of the multiplicity of factors impacting fundraising.
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