The PanelPicker empowers the community to help shape SXSW 2020 content

Preparing For PanelPicker Success!

The Forrest Four-Cast: June 24, 2019

Hugh Forrest
Jun 24 · 2 min read

The process of entering speaking proposals for SXSW 2020 runs from Monday, July 1 through Sunday, July 21 via the PanelPicker interface.

As you begin to contemplate ideas to enter into this interface, three of the most important tips for PanelPicker success are as follows.

  1. Depth is more important than width. The SXSW community wants a deep dive into the topics that interest them the most. So structure your SXSW PanelPicker speaking proposal accordingly. Said another way, putting together an idea that tries to cover too much ground is usually a formula for failure.
  2. Your proposal should offer strong takeaways. Particularly in recent years, speaking proposals that promise tangible takeaways have scored higher than those that do not. Examples of these kinds of sessions from SXSW 2019 (that started off as PanelPicker proposals) include “Seven Non-Obvious Trends Changing The Future In 2019,” “The Seven Success Killers Even Top Leaders Miss,” “Designing with Blockchain: Three Ways To Dive In” and “The Evolution of Work: Seven New Realities.”
  3. Proof proof proof and re-proof your proposal. Nothing ruins a great SXSW speaking proposal like typos and misspellings and incomplete sentences and grammatical errors. So you are encouraged to proofread your idea many many many times before hitting the “enter” button. Remember that once you submit your proposal through the PanelPicker interface, you can not make changes.

Stay tuned to this space over the next few weeks for more tips on how to crate a successful proposal for the 2020 SXSW PanelPicker.

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.

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