Recommendations for Developing a Great Proposal

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  • Set realistic goals and fully develop your proposal.
  • Think about solutions to workplace challenges, and practical tools and ideas that attendees can apply once they’re back to work. Use the recent needs assessment as a guide. What are the hot topics buzzing around your SIS or chapter? 
  • Think creatively about format, especially about ways to encourage attendees to work together to share experiences, brainstorm, or solve a problem. 
  • Be clear and concise with your takeaways and description. Keep in mind that your most critical reader may be a law firm CEO, law school administrator, or court administrator trying to decide whether or not to let your potential audience member attend. Please try to keep your description to fewer than 100 words. 
  • Think about the length of time needed to best deliver the content of your program or workshop. Program lengths can range from just 45 minutes up to deep dives that run across two time slots (generally, 2-3 hours).  Preconference workshops can range from half a day up to two days in length.
  • Identify speakers who are the best individuals to present and/or lead discussions on the issue. If your subject matter expert is not necessarily a dynamic presenter, pair him/her with an energetic moderator who can keep the session moving.
  • Carefully consider the number of speakers you want on the program or workshop. Having fewer speakers speak in more depth about a topic is more effective than a larger panel. 
  • Ask your AMPC liaison for help if you need it. 
  • Plan ahead; give yourself plenty of time to make revisions and corrections. 
  • Review and revise your proposal – be a careful editor – and share it with colleagues. 
  • Submit your proposal online by the deadline - October 7!
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