What To Expect As A Speaker
Do I need speaking experience to talk at NOTOCON?
Definitely not! While NOTOCON is a great place to see your favorite well-known Thelemic speakers, we are actively looking for new voices and perspectives to provide a diverse and inclusive culture.
How long do the sessions need to be?
We’re looking for both traditional presentations and also ideas for things that may be more hands-on, such as workshops or rituals. These sessions can last for 45 minutes, 75 minutes, or 105 minutes. You may choose to use part of this time for Q&A or use your whole allotted timeslot to focus on the topic.
Do I have to present a lecture (with slides and everything)?
Not at all! Everyone learns differently, and not every topic is appropriate to be taught using a “standard” presentation method. If you have an idea for something hands-on or more interactive, please propose it!
What if I don’t feel like what I have to present will be valuable?
Even discussing your personal experiences and how they relate to the magick you do is an important point of view, and your siblings should be able to share in that with you! Part of the magic of NOTOCON is connecting with people, and you may forge new relationships and give an important perspective that we’re not hearing from anyone else.
Are there benefits to being a speaker at NOTOCON?
In addition to getting to talk in front of the NOTOCON attendees, there are compensations available that assist with the costs of the hotel and the conference registration for those who are selected.
What to expect as a speaker
As a speaker, presenting at a conference can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it's natural to have questions about what to expect during the process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when applying to be a presenter at NOTOCON.
1. The Application Process
Most conferences will have an application process that includes submitting a proposal. The proposal should outline your topic, the length of your presentation, and what the audience can expect to learn from your talk. Be sure to follow the guidelines provided by the conference and submit your application by the deadline. (April 30th)
We’ve created an easy form to make sure you include us with all the information we will need to make our selection. This form will ask for information about your session including:
The name of your session
The length of time you’d like to present
What initiatory levels your content is appropriate for
If you have any requirements involving tech support or the location you’d like to present
Whether or not this is a new topic or a presentation you have presented in the past
Your speaking experience and references (experience is not a requirement for being a speaker, but we want to provide extra support if you’re a first-time speaker, so please let us know!)
2. The Selection Process
After submitting your proposal, the conference organizers will review all of the applications and select the speakers they feel will be the best fit for the event. It's important to keep in mind that not all applications will be accepted, so don't be discouraged if you aren't chosen this time. We will notify all applicants of our decision in May.
3. Preparing for Your Presentation
If your application is accepted, you'll need to provide us with a short biography and picture, and start preparing for your presentation. This will likely involve researching your topic, creating your slides or materials, and practicing your presentation. You may also need to coordinate with the conference organizers to ensure that you have everything you need for your presentation, such as audio-visual equipment or access to any necessary software. You can also set up time locally or with others to get the opportunity to present your topic in advance and fine-tune your content.
4. Delivering Your Presentation
On the day of the conference, you'll have the opportunity to deliver your presentation to the audience. This can be nerve-wracking, but remember that you were chosen to speak for a reason, and the audience is there to learn from you. Be sure to speak clearly, engage with the audience, and stick to your allotted time.
Overall, presenting at a conference can be a great way to share your knowledge and connect with your siblings. Just be sure to prepare thoroughly, and don't be afraid to ask the conference organizers any questions you may have along the way.
5. After Your Presentation
The transcript from your presentation will be used for the NOTOCON conference book if you wish.