Suggestion Box FAQ

So, you want to submit a pitch for NEGFA’s Winter Convention? Here are some quick tips:

  • Be specific. The session’s title should accurately describe the topic.
  • Be mindful. What audience will you reach? What do they get out of it?
  • Be refreshing. What new speakers and ideas should your colleagues hear? Suggest topics relevant to issues and trends, not rehashes of the past couple years.
  • Be realistic. NEGFA provides speakers with free registration but are limited on travel expenses and speaker costs.
  • Be inclusive. NEGFA strives to promote topics and sessions for our diverse industry. We want to push our members to “think outside the box” making there businesses better and better!
  • Be enterprising. Think beyond demos or pontificating — help others learn something practical they can use right away.
 
What happens after I pitch?
NEGFA’s Staff and Board of Directors review each pitch submitted. As a team a plan is developed for NEGFA staff to pursue and line-up speakers based on availability and program timeline. Submitted speakers and topic suggestions are used to develop this plan along with ideas that are spurred from submitted content.
 
Will I be notified about my pitch’s status?
NEGFA staff will notify all submitters, whether their pitch was selected or not, before early bird pricing registration ends.
 
Who can submit a proposal to the NEGFA’s Suggestion Box?
Anyone. Whether you are an executive, a manager, an equipment manufacturer, a nutritionist, a consultant, a vendor, a student, an academic or just a very interested consumer, we want to hear your great programming ideas. We do not accept proposals promoting a single product or service. That said, there are plenty of ways to let people know about your awesome product, tool or service on our sponsorship page.
 
What makes for a good proposal?
As a rule: the more specific, the better. Why? Because specificity demands a lot more thought and planning about what the audience will get out of the session.
 
Is it better to submit a panel or another type of session?
Research suggests that 80 percent of conference attendees prefer to be actively engaged in conference sessions. We want to encourage our attendees to be innovators, meet colleagues, and swap ideas. The more you have considered how to keep our participants engaged, the better. Be Creative with Your Session!
 
What makes for a good title?
Cute titles are fun, but remember your title has 5 seconds to capture attention. The more direct and descriptive you make it, the better.
 
Do I need to have other speakers confirmed when I submit my session idea?
No. In fact, we strongly prefer that you do NOT confirm other speakers until your session idea is accepted because NEGFA staff will line-up speakers and be the communication lead.
 
How does the selection process work?
NEGFA’s Staff and Board of Directors review each pitch submitted. As a team a plan is developed for NEGFA staff to pursue lining-up speakers based on availability and program timeline. Submitted speakers and topic suggestions are used to develop this plan along with ideas that are spurred from submitted content.
NEGFA may add additional topics or speakers on an invite-only basis to ensure diversity, cover a breaking news topic, or meet other pressing needs.
 
If my idea is selected, what happens next?
NEGFA staff will work with you to fine-tune the focus of your session as well as to select other speakers if needed. Generally, the more preparation, the better the session. Pre-event preparation means communicating with other speakers’ weeks ahead of time to clarify the focus of the session, as well as discuss how to keep the audience engaged. NEGFA attendees are smart and they enjoy smart programming. If they realize you haven’t fully prepared, they will leave your session room and go to the more interesting one next door.
 
If my idea is selected, what does NEGFA pay for?
Invited presenters receive complimentary NEGFA registration. Travel expenses, lodging, and other financial compensation for speakers is limited.