A great question was asked in the Presenters Group by Kristina Stoney on Promoting Your Session for the Global Education conference. An audience or even any participants at all, can never be guaranteed as there is no need to pre-book. Often the most popular global times have two other simultaneous sessions against it. The sessions are recorded so even if the number of participants is small or non-existent people will listen to the recording at a time that suits them. Here are some ideas:-
- .Book an appropriate time for your session: Consider your potential audience and what time of day would suit them. Peak European, American, African, Asian, Pacific times will all be different.Time zones are a complicating factor. Some times of the day will be more popular eg outside school hours, times when certain continents are awake - but as the globe is involved no one time can suit all.
- The session title" Have a 'captivating' and appropriate session title.
- The description: Your description sells your session. Ensure that your description of your session is comprehensive and fully explains what a person can expect to learn by attending. Dot points can make great summaries.
- Tags: tags are essential as they make your presentation searchable. Make sure you have added all the appropriate conference tags that apply to your session in the tags section. If you want to add or change tags, goto options>change your tags and edit them. The conference strands and therefore tags are 2012Teachers 2012Students 2012Curricular 2012Policy 2012Gaming 2012GetIdeas. Do not leave spaces between the year and the title as the ning sees a space as indicating a new tag.
- Blog about it: If you have an existing blog, post about it. If you do not, on your home page, you can choose blogs> add a blog and write more about it there. Add some questions to your session. Ask others what they might like to know.
- Encourage conversations and networking. As people reply to your submission proposal, it pushes it up the top of the list of discussions catching the attention of those who log in at that time. Encourage replies or responses
- Twitter: this can be the most powerful tool of all. Tweet out the fact that you are presenting over the next few weeks, add the link to your session, add the conference tag #globaled12 in your tweet and other #tags that might be appropriate. Tweet out any blog posts that you write. Ask some questions pertinent to your session on twitter. Tease people to attend your session by adding a number of tweets that reflect what they might learn. Make sure you tweet your session several times the day before and just prior to the actual session, adding the link to get into the room if you know it, or else to the program page. Let them know how many hours away the starting time is. Build your PLN in twitter and follow many who are presenters and members of this ning. Twitter is a powerful networking and broadcasting tool.
- Tweetchat: add the conference tag #globaled12 into tweetchat and watch it update. Make sure you respond to others tweets, retweet appropriate ones and gain a profile amongst other followers of the tag. Follow those who tweet with the tag. Most will follow you back.
- Email any of your connections, email lists or members of subject associations who may be interested.
- Get active here: Ensure you promptly reply to any comments that you get. Visit others' submissions especially those with similar topics, leave a comment and strike up a conversation and activity. Keep your profile prominent with activity on this site.
- Form a group based on the nature of your presentation, on this ning for others to join. Join a group that is of interest to you.
- Membership of other groups eg nings or educational facebook groups - add blog posts, discussion topics on any other social networking sites that might interested
- Add updates to the Global Education Conference Facebook page
All the best to those who are presenting. In past conferences, I have sat in on sessions of 1 participant and others of 100 or even 200. Many factors affect numbers - hemispheres, time zones, days of the week, interest in the session, the country you live in, the alternative simultaneous sessions, school and work timetable and commitments etc.
However, be proud that your session is global and that you are now a global presenter. It is recorded for anyone across the world to listen to. Delight in the fact that you have been part of an innovative and cutting edge online conference.