[APG Public List] evaluations of conference lecture proposals

Ida Skarson McCormick idamc at seanet.com
Tue Oct 6 15:00:05 MDT 2009

Can the organizations which put out a call for conference speakers 
devise some kind of e-mail check list or explanation/evaluation form 
for acceptance/rejection of lecture proposals? Leaving people in the 
dark about why their proposals were not accepted is counterproductive.

People whose proposals are accepted might also be curious as to why 
they were accepted. Having one proposal accepted is no guarantee of 
having another one accepted.

Sometimes there are 100 proposals for every available slot, but that 
can't be the only answer.  What makes some lecture proposals more 
competitive than others? Guidelines could be more specific.

Some conferences seem to prefer people who submit multiple proposals 
for the conference. Is this because it is not cost effective to 
select someone who makes only one proposal? Or is it because the 
conference program committee wants more choices?

Are proposals by people who author books or have a web site given preference?

What are some of the other reasons?

--Ida Skarson McCormick

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