Home >> Speakers >> Call For Speakers and Topics >> Speaker FAQs Speaker & Topic FAQs How do I suggest a speaker or topic? Use our nomination forms, and fill in as much information as you can: Suggest a Speaker Suggest a Topic These forms go directly to our conference team. Can I suggest a speaker I don't know personally? Please do! Just let us know how you've heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TechServe Connect’s 2020 Conference & Tradeshow. Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine? Yes. Can I suggest myself as a speaker? Yes. What type of ideas should I suggest? We welcome all ideas that would be of interest to the IT & Engineering Staffing industry. We welcome panel ideas as well as topics that could be presented by a single speaker. No idea is a bad idea! Session styles will include interactive workshops, panel discussions with industry experts and focused small group conversations. We will host over 20 dynamic sessions. The conference content should focus on the areas below: Finding IT & Engineering Talent Directly addressing the deepening challenge of recruiting IT & engineering talent, we have designed a range of sessions for executives and recruiters looking for innovative talent sourcing strategies, insights on the most effective talent acquisition technologies and the latest techniques delivered by the titans of recruiting. Building & Retaining a Strong Team Through interactive workshops to panels of owners and executives who have successfully built remarkable teams, you will come away with actionable strategies for directly addressing the imperative of all leaders for sourcing and recruiting top performers. Sales, Business Development & Marketplace Differentiation What are the key trends that will transform the industry? Which business models are likely to be successful in the marketplace of tomorrow? What new technologies have the potential to disrupt the industry? Whether you are an owner, account executive, or recruiter, what do you need to know to ensure you and your firm are prepared to not only survive, but thrive in future? During these sessions, hear how others are positioning themselves and their firms in response to the accelerating pace of change within the industry. Executive Leadership & Management From setting the right course, focusing on what matters, lowering the cost of doing business, and data-driven decision-making, to what it means to be an effective leader, there will be an abundance of interactive learning and networking opportunities and unique insights specially designed for owners, executives and managers. IMPACT! Talks (Think Ted Talks) We also have the innovative IMPACT! Talks that will include three (3) talks (similar to the popular “TED” format) that will each be strictly held to 15 minutes or less. Small Group Discussions - Industry Challenges TechServe will be hosting small group discussions throughout the conference that will focus on a specific industry challenges. If interested in leading a small group discussion, please submit your name, firm and the industry challenge you wish to discuss using SUGGEST A TOPIC. Small group topics will be promoted to attendees and advance sign up will be requested. Discussion groups will be limited to 15 or fewer attendees to encourage participation. Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker/topic? Yes. Please submit your speaker/topic suggestions by April 10, 2020. A committee of industry leaders will review all suggestions and will make the selection. Speakers will be notified in July 2019 if they were selected to speak. What is the recommended or required length of presentations? The TechServe conference is made up of a combination of keynote addresses that run approximately 50 minutes (including Q&A); as well as numerous breakout sessions that run about 45-minutes and vary in format, including panels, Q&As, debates and working sessions. We encourage sessions that are interactive and require the speaker to engage with the audience. We also have the innovative IMPACT! Talks that will include three (3) shorter talks (similar to the popular “TED” format) that will each be strictly held to 15 minutes or less. Our conference team will review all nominations and determine the best fit for each topic/speaker. Does TechServe compensate speakers? TechServe Alliance members who speak at the conference are not compensated, nor does TechServe compensate speakers who represent products or services designed for the IT and engineering staffing industry. Speakers are recognized in conference marketing, including photos and full bios on the conference website, and are highlighted in the onsite guide provided to each conference attendee. Have additional questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us in welcoming Bullhorn as a Bronze Sponsor for the 2020 TechServe Connect Conference & Tradeshow!