re: Rejection & Revision: On Improving Conference Proposals VIEW POST


Thanks for writing this Alaina!! I love the analogy to clubs/spades/hearts/diamonds. Do you have any advice on how to know whether a proposal is worth revising or should be scrapped altogether? It's hard to know whether an idea is good and worth building on, or whether it would we better to go a different direction.


Hi Amanda! 👋

That's a great question. I think that a speaker-hopeful should scrap their talk proposal if a change in their personal interests makes them decide that they no longer want to speak about a subject. A speaker may also choose to scrap their proposal if they receive feedback that makes them want to approach a subject from a new angle.

However, I'm of the opinion that most rejected conference talk proposals bring forth good ideas. Sometimes, these ideas need to be revised or brought to a different venue in order to be beneficial to both the audience and the speaker.


Thanks! I like that perspective/advice.

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