Join us for the Business Agility Conference. Last year we were looking for great “art of the possible” stories, and this year is no different. You don’t have to be a consultant or industry thought leader. We’re looking for authentic stories of organisational design, market disruption, product innovation, and next-gen leadership across the whole organisation and spanning different industries. We can’t wait to hear about your experience applying innovative ideas, models, or frameworks.
What Makes a Great Story
At our core we are all storytellers, and great stories are crafted and refined. Here is what we’re looking for in your story:
A clearly identifiable Beginning, Middle, and End – If you don’t have a narrative, then it isn’t a story;
We can connect with it on an emotional level – The best stories are the ones where everything doesn’t go perfectly from the start. Show vulnerability. The audience will feel the struggle you went through and may be living it today in their organization. People hearing your story should be able to see themselves reflected in it;
Tension builds throughout the story – You’ll want to jump to the success and tell us all about how great the way of working is today. Don’t rush to the ending. Help your audience understand the mistakes, missteps, and learnings along the way. Not all stories will have a successful or happy ending; these stories are equally valuable for the lessons learned.
Check out our favourite stories from previous conferences for examples of what “good” looks like.
- Paul Cobban: The 22000 Persons Start-up – We love this content and the engaging delivery style.
- Joni Wheeler & Susan Courtney: A Story of Leadership Transformation – We absolutely loved the messaging and content. Their delivery style is calm, easy to understand, and interesting. This is also a good example to demonstrate pairing.
- Renee Troughton: Reality Bites and Stranger Things – We love the content of this talk. It tells a personal story and focuses on the human relationship skills end of the spectrum (“soft” skills). It’s also an unusual presentation type.
- Jon Smart: The Yin and Yang of Speed and Control – Absolutely fantastic content.
Important information: All talks are 18 minutes long, and will be recorded and shared on YouTube after the event.
|Call for Presentations Open Until||30 April, 2019|
|Speaker Notifications||15 June, 2019|
|Conference Dates – Melbourne||16 – 17 September, 2019|
In addition to the submitted presentations there will be keynotes and invited talks by international experts.
- All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference;
- All accepted speakers that need to travel interstate or internationally for the conference will be provided with up to three nights of hotel accommodation arranged by the conference;
- A limited amount of travel support is available to accepted speakers that do not have financial support from their organisation (please indicate on your submission if financial support is required so that the conference can best accommodate your needs);
- All submitters who are not successful in being accepted to speak are welcome to register at the conference early bird rate.
Note: all speakers, exhibitors, and attendees agree to adhere to YOW!’s Anti-Harrassment Policy.