Subject: Want To Speak At SMX Milan? Here’s How

June 20, 2014 by Chris Sherman


The agenda is live and we’ve opened up our “speaking pitch” form for SMX Milan, November 13-14, 2014 at the Meliá Milano Hotel.

View the agenda here: SMX Milan 2014 Agenda

And the speaking pitch instructions and form here: SMX Milan 2014 Agenda Speaking Pitch Form

The speaking pitch form closes Friday, July 18, 2014, so don’t delay. We’ll notify everyone who pitches whether they’ve been selected or not by early August.

Improving your odds of being selected to speak

As you might guess, interest is high in speaking at SMX conferences. We literally sift through hundreds of submissions to select speakers for the show. Here are some tips that will increase your chances of being selected.

Pitch early: Submitting your pitch early gives you a better chance of being selected. Coordinators accept speakers as soon as they identify a pitch that they think best fits the session, just like colleges that use a rolling admissions policy. So pitching early increases the likelihood you’ll be chosen. The speaking pitch form closes Friday, July 18, 2014.

Use the form: The speaker pitch form is the way to ask to speak. There’s helpful information there about how your pitch should be written and what it should contain. Please read this. Following these simple guidelines will greatly improve your odds of being selected.

Write it yourself and be specific: Lots of pitches come in that are obviously written by staff or are not specific to the session. These are two of the most effective ways to ensure that your pitch is ignored. If you’re a thought leader, write the pitch yourself… and make certain that it is 100% focused on the session topic.

“Throw your best pitch:” We’re limiting the number of pitches to three per person, so please pitch for the session(s) where you really feel you’ll offer SMX attendees your best.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, but no, we really, really don’t want to get pitches via email. Since we’re working with coordinators and need to have all pitches in our system, we’ll just ask you to submit the pitch through the form anyway, wasting everyone’s time.

Again, thanks for your interest and support, and hope to see you at SMX Milan 2014!