Some readers will remember my nerves followed by enjoyment when I spoke at my first conference last year – the New Professionals Conference. As you can see from my write up of the experience, I really enjoyed the conference – there was such a buzz of enthusiasm. Following the success of last year’s event, CILIP Career Development Group are organising New Professionals Conference 2010 this summer, this time in Sheffield.
Quite a few people on Twitter seem to be considering proposing a paper, and I’d strongly encourage anyone to do so if you are eligible and you’re thinking about it; it is a really great opportunity. I was really unsure about what to expect initially, but the organisers where incredibly supportive, and the level of peer support from other speakers (all of whom were first-time speakers) was excellent too. Ned Potter (winner of last year’s bottle of fizz and £100!) has written a great post which answers some key questions and gives advice about your proposal. I’d echo what Ned says, particularly that you don’t need to worry too much about writing in a formal style – you just need to give a basic idea of what you would like to talk about and why. Then, if it’s accepted, you can do more research into the area and begin to develop your idea further into a full paper and presentation.
I’m hoping to attend as a delegate this year, and look forward to seeing this year’s presentations – go on, give it a go! The deadline for proposal abstracts (300 words) is 26th February.