CALL FOR PAPERS

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Our lives, in all their facets, are a story; with a beginning, many interesting chapters and, inescapably, an end. For that reason we're hardwired to love a good story. And to learn from them.
Now it's time for you to share your story about your journey with SAP at SAPHILA 2017.

WE NEED A FEW DETAILS FROM YOU
(IF YOU ARE CO-PRESENTING PLEASE GIVE US BOTH NAMES):

  • Who are you?
  • Where do you work?
  • What do you do there?
  • What's the 1 Big Thing that gets you excited about technology?
  • Have you presented before and if so where?
  • What area will your story cover (see 1 – 9 below)? PS  - if it’s “Other” give us a little steer here.
  • What's the title of your story?
  • Give us a short abstract of your story (PS see below for some hints on how to make it memorable)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR STORY MEMORABLE

Be yourself – authenticity shines through and it’s way less stressful for you.
Be happy and enthusiastic to be able to share your knowledge with the world – know that you are adding value.
Have a clear idea about what key idea or message you want the audience to walk away with (i.e. what will they learn from you).

Have a clear structure:

  • What was the challenge your organisation?
  • How did you approach the solution?
  • What did you do?
  • What were the key outcomes and benefits?
  • What lessons did your organisation learn?

In a 45 minute slot try to aim for 25 minutes of you talking and leave the rest for interaction with the audience. Work on each slide taking 2 to 3 minutes.

Ask the audience questions (e.g. have they had this challenge?  Did they do it like this?). It draws them in and makes it more conversational.

Leave gaps in the story – intrigue the audience – make them want to find out more.

Keep the text to a bare minimum and rather use pictures. Where you do use text make sure it’s readable and contrasts with the background.

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – that way you can improvise if you need to
Have fun!!