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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops constitute a very important part of the GSMI event curriculum. They provide attendees with the opportunity to experience a more intimate and interactive setting with other attendees, as well as an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with workshop facilitators to address personal business challenges.

Workshops are not designed to be mainstage presentations. They are three-hour classroom style sessions based on discussion, hands-on activities, group work, and a chance for attendees to apply learned strategies and techniques in real time with their professional peers.

Workshop presenters must submit:

  • Goals of the pre-conference workshop
  • Description of topics/content to be covered during workshop
  • Workshop agenda (please give details and approximate time allotted for each activity)
  • Description of anticipated audience and the maximum number of people you would prefer
  • Description of the take-away skills, knowledge and/or material that attendees will acquire (approximately 100-200 words)

  • Note: All workshops are noncommercial and not promotional opportunities. Presenter(s) will not solicit any business or promote business during the workshop session. (Please note that attendees will be asked for feedback on this matter on the individual workshop session evaluations.)
    Workshop presenters must be prepared for a 2-3 hour session. (2 or 3 hours workshop duration depends on the individual summit or conference curriculum schedule.)

    General Sessions

    General sessions consist of 45 - 60 minute time slots (times vary depending on event - please consult with conference producer for confirmation.) Speakers should prepare for 40 - 55 minutes of content, along with 5 minutes at the end of the session for Q&A from attendees.
    General session presenters must submit:

  • Main talking points of session, including 3-5 key takeaways for attendees
  • Description of anticipated audience

  • All general sessions are noncommercial. Presenter(s) will not solicit any business or promote business during their session. Please note: attendees will be asked for feedback regarding this matter on presenter’s individual session evaluation.

    Panels

    Panelists will be part of a panel consisting of 3 - 5 other participants. Panelists and moderator are strongly encouraged to meet prior to panel presentation to review key topics and questions. Conference producer will organize and facilitate introductions between participating speakers, however it is the responsibility of to the panelists to submit preferred discussion questions and/or topics to the moderator.
    Moderator of panel must submit:

  • Main talking points of session and key questions to be asked, including 3-5 takeaways for attendees
  • Description of anticipated audience

  • All panel sessions are noncommercial. Presenter(s) will not solicit any business or promote business during their session. Please note: attendees will be asked for feedback regarding this matter on presenter’s individual session evaluation.

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