This week, I completed my first proposal to speak about Change with Confidence at a conference. It required me to briefly describe what I would say and why it would be of value to the attendees. Not an easy task, especially with a strict limit on word count; being succinct and passionate at the same time is a challenge.
Like most struggles, it was a great exercise that required laser focus. It reminded me of the “elevator speech” concept where you provide a gripping topic summary in the time it takes to ride in an elevator. There is no time to meander when you have two minutes to make your point.
Here are a couple of excerpts from my proposal:
Proposal Abstract (100-150 word limit):
- Know the questions leaders need to answer to successfully manage a big change initiative.
- Identifypractical people-focused approaches to support leaders through change.
- Learn how to apply the approaches to build leaders’ confidence to manage change-related challenges they must face to be successful.