My first ever conference presentation

As you may know, I am one of three Events Coordinators for the Special Interest Group for Materials Writers, MaWSIG. We have a ‘strand’ running at the upcoming Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) conference in Munich this November. One of my Events Coordinator colleagues, Karen Richardson, is based in Germany, so she has been taking the lead on organising everything. However, there was recently a small issue when one of our MaWSIG strand speakers dropped out, leaving a hole in the programme. After some to-ing and fro-ing with our BESIG Committee counterparts as to how best to replace her, I have ended up being offered that slot. So I am now facing the prospect of delivering my first ever conference presentation! My name is on the schedule and there’s no going back. 

As was recommended to me, I took some inspiration from the title of the person’s talk I’m replacing, and came up with the below as my title and blurb:

From print to digital: the publisher’s perspective
How is writing for digital different from writing for print? What kind of differences are often overlooked by materials writers, designers and even publishers? In this talk, I will try to give an insight into what publishers look for in good digital materials, as well as shedding some light on exactly what working in digital publishing means. I will also include a few tips for authors wanting to get more involved in working on digital projects.

I have deliberately kept it quite vague, but time is ticking on now and I need to get cracking!

So, whether you’re a teacher or an ELT writer or just interested in the industry in general, I’d like to ask for any suggestions of material I could cover that may be useful to you. I can’t promise I’ll be able to cover it all, but it’d be interesting to hear what people would like to know. And of course, any tips about presenting for the first time at a conference would be much appreciated!