Abstract Checklist: Tips for Writing a Good Session Abstract
Thoughts borrowed and condensed from Jim Holmes (frazzleddad.blogspot.com)
- Communicate the value. Does it explain the value of what folks will get from your session?
- Focus. Is it overly broad? If so, focus on specifics.
- Titles matter. Make sure it’s catchy and showcases what your session is about.
- Explain what attendees will get out of the session. Make it clear what your attendees will learn during your session. “You’ll leave this session with a handle on ways to smooth out your project’s environment” or “This session will show you a great system for boosting customer collaboration and increasing your code’s quality” are good examples.
- Examples. Include examples of what will be discussed.
- Format. Introduction, body, conclusion. Hook in the opening.
- Include feedback. Have you presented this topic before and received positive, meaningful feedback? If so, include.
- Keep it concise. One to two paragraphs should be enough.
- Do you need a bio? If you need to include a bio, make sure it’s not longer than your abstract.