Title (10 words)
Title is evocative and keep it brief and descriptive.
Description or Abstract (100 words)
General description of the talk, talk about the problems the talk will solve, write from first-person.
- Why do I want to give this talk? (context)
- Why is this talk relevant?
- What is the length of the talk (20m / 30m / 45m)
- What technologies are used in the talk?
- Type of talk (amazing buzz, big picture, thought provoking, deep dive)
Topic (100-150 words)
What are the key things the audience will learn? What is the one thing that you want people to take away from your talk? (learning Objectives)
- What is the problem you are trying to solve?
- What is the solution the talk gives?
- You’ll find out about x and y, and how using z can benefit you.”
Who is the talk for?
- Technical level of the talk (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Foundational knowledge (technologies etc.)
- This is great for people who know a little about x but want to take it further.
Concrete details on what will be covered, I'll usually keep these around 5 bullet points.
- Item 1
- Item 2
- Item 3
- Item 4
- Item 5
I'll include a video sample either pitching the talk (speaking ability) or a previous recorded version of the talk.
Refer to existing material or resources the talk is based upon.
- Links to existing resources (used in the talk)
- Links to deep dive resources (further explanation)
Links to finished prototypes and code examples
When I'm sending out the proposal I'll usually include my speaker information (biography, photos etc.) along with the proposal.
More tips and tricks:
- If your proposal is too much work to read or understand, it will get skipped in the selection process.
- Do not propose a topic that you think will get you on stage but doesn't get you excited.
- Talk about the topics not about yourself. Don't pitch your company.
- Attendees decide on talks in the moment, make sure you're title and brief description are inviting.
- Write “you” sentences, it's natural to write the proposal from first person.
The Sample Proposals from O’Reilly helped me shape mine, thanks!