One of the things I love about commscamp is the fact that the attendees set the agenda. They come along with ideas buzzing and just go for it, telling the room what they hope to cover. And if people like the sound of what has been pitched, the scene is set and it becomes a commscamp session. It’s as simple as that.
Often the success of commscamp and the pitches on the day is because new people who haven’t pitched sessions before get involved. It means more sessions that are fresh, give a different perspective and resonate or are the complete opposite with what others are thinking. Whichever it is, you’re always likely to learn something new. If you’re a first timer for commscamp 16, here’s a few tips that may help you get your pitch prepped.
1. Everyone at commscamp is really supportive and they want to hear what you have to say.
2. You can pitch on an issue or challenge that you have at work that you need help with. Pitching a session doesn’t mean you have to have the answers – it’s about finding common ground atv parts with others and with over 150 attendees expected at commscamp, there is bound to be someone there who has been through similar circumstances and is happy to share.
3. If you don’t feel comfortable going it alone, you can double up and do a session with someone else.
4. Fun, let it all out therapy sessions work really well. It doesn’t have to be serious.
5. Practical learning sessions always go down a storm.
And if the above doesn’t help, there’s already a host of really interesting sessions that have been put forward on the commscamp facebook group. They range from talking about Brexit and how it affects you as a comms professional to how to manage a myriad of social media accounts. If you haven’t yet joined, you’re welcome to do so. Just search commscamp on facebook, send us a request and we’ll add you.
Alternatively tweet your ideas in the next two days using #commscamp16 and you’ll get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
That being said this is my fourth year at commscamp and I’ve never seen anyone’s ideas not taken up. Please if you are coming for the first time, I’d encourage you to give it a go. I think you’ll be pleased you did.
Photo credit: Ann Kempster