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From: HR Director, founder, the people’s ’people people’ people
To: Head of Events, a London venue
Thanks for reaching out to me to submit a proposal to talk at Learning and HR Tech Futures International Live. It’s a great honour to be considered for such a prestigious event and I believe I can really provide some value-add to the roster of speakers while also making a difference to the conference agenda.
Here is a rundown of what I’d like to cover and how this might look.
Session title: Leveraging your bespoke training solutions for tomorrow’s global workforce today, and yesterday.
My 50 slide deck will include:
- A series of isolated statistics about ‘how much more connected we are now’, without any analysis of the impact this might have
- Some variation of ‘content may be king but context is the kingdom’
- Denying I’m going to use the phrase ‘death by powerpoint’ and using it in the process
- That Maya Angelou quote about ‘how people will never forget how you made them feel’
- That meme with all the kids standing around at a party looking at their phones with the slogan ‘best party ever’
- That gif of the toddler trying to swipe a magazine
- Half the info of my presentation on one slide in an illegibly small font
- A graph without labelled axes so you have no idea of scale
- An over-reliance on acronyms such as VUCA
- A case study that has no practical takeaways
- A reference to Google/Apple/Richard Branson, oblivious to the fact that 99% of businesses don’t have the money to accommodate such innovation in the learning/HR departments.
- A slide featuring nothing but a grandstanding statement such as ‘the end of [COMMON TECH WORD]’ or a neologism I made up last night
- Over-use of the word ‘disruptive’
- Comic sans
I think with these elements my talk will be a compelling and engaging session for all HR professionals who attend.
I hope to hear from you soon,