Speaker Proposals

BCODN accepts proposals on an ongoing basis from qualified speakers interested in participating in our professional development programs. Proposals can be submitted through our submission form. Prior to submitting the online form for our professional development program, speakers are encouraged to read each of the following sections:
Speaker Benefits
BCODN provides speakers with the opportunity to:

  • Build their speaking and professional portfolio
  • Submit articles for consideration for BCDON newsletter
  • Receive constructive feedback on their presentation content through the event evaluation process
  • Network with others in the OD community
  • Engage in a collaborative learning experience in which both speakers and participants benefit

BCODN requests that presenters donate their time and expertise. While BCODN does not pay honoraria, the association does pay event costs and eligible speaker expenses for the professional development sessions.

Program Content that Works

Program content focuses on skill and knowledge building that help grow the capabilities and impact of OD practitioners. Content must be related to OD competencies. Proposed content also:

  • addresses a key topic, current challenge or trend
  • emphasizes the application of strategies and use of tools (i.e.: more tips than theory)
  • uses case studies and real-world examples to illustrate how theory is applied
  • engages the audience in discussion and Q&A’s
  • considers the current and emerging state of OD field

Important: BCDON has a strict policy that presenters not actively sell their products or services during learning events. Knowledgeable speakers who provide the audience with relevant content and information will inspire interest and be asked for further resources.

Submitting a Proposal

Please prepare the following required information:

  • Title and overview (up to 200 words)
  • Learning objectives (3-6 SMART objectives)
  • Strategies and tools (3-6 tools or strategies participants will practice with or take away)
  • Target audience description and level (emerging, mid-level, senior)
  • Preferred format/length (half-day or full-day workshop, 1.5-2 hour event or webinar, or other, please specify)
  • Speaker name(s), contact information and bio(s) (up to 300 words)
  • Qualification summary(s) (including education, designations, awards, publications)
  • References (two references; must be able to attest to your expertise on the proposed topic and/or your presentation style and skills)

Preference will be given to BCODN members. Become a member!

Once you have gathered your information, please submit your form to the attention of VP, Programs at info@bcodn.org.

Selection Process

Proposals are selected when:

  • Proposal is completed in full (e.g.: summaries, key take-aways, references)
  • Topics are best match for programming (relevant, current, applicable)
  • Speaker has strong credentials and reputation in area of expertise
  • Past sessions are consistently well rated (where applicable)
  • Sessions adds value to the OD and business community; supports BCODN’s vision, mission and mandate

Programming Process

  • Proposal submissions are reviewed monthly
  • Proposals are considered active for two years from the date of submission
  • Only selected speaker proposals will be contacted for scheduling
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