2018 Call for Speakers
Please submit your proposal no later than December 1, 2017.
Thank you for your interest in speaking at the 2018 Buying Legal Council Legal Procurement Conferences. Our conferences are powerful platforms for buyers and sellers of legal services to network and learn, share best practices, launch new initiatives, get motivated, and inspire the legal industry as a whole. Our Conferences encourage dialogue, discussion and debate both formally within the sessions and informally.
We seek innovative session proposals that not only speak to the technical issues, but also provide context. Speakers should offer real-world examples, “war stories,” case studies, successes and failures, examples of tools, and insights on emerging issues.
Sessions should be designed to encourage interactive audience participation by including small group discussions, exercises and other activities to interject energy and promote dialogue. We are not looking for lectures, but rather innovative and exciting sessions!
We expect learning objectives for proposed sessions to reflect actions and abilities the attendees can employ from participating in the session. The learning objectives must be clear and measurable. Learning objectives need to complete the following sentence: “After completing this session, the participant will be able to…”.
Buying Legal Council ConferencesExpect 100-150+ attendees at each conference:
- LATAM (18 May 2018 in Miami) – in Spanish!
- EMEA (12 June 2018 in London)
- APAC (July 2018 in Sydney)
- North America (September 2018 in New York)
Legal Procurement Professionals, Legal Operations, In-house Counsel, Law Firm Managers, Outside Counsel, Consultants, Legal Services Providers, Legal Software Companies, and other stakeholders in the legal industry
- Data Analytics & Benchmarking for legal services
- Service Delivery of legal services
- Tools & Processes for buying legal services
- Pricing of legal services
- Change Management
Main types of sessionsWe will have different types of sessions. Our most popular ones are 15 and 30 minute sessions.
For our 30 minute sessions, we are looking for speakers who:
- Have a great story to tell and a passion for sharing your knowledge with others
- Help solve common legal procurement challenges
- Provide clear successful use cases, best practices, teachings and how-to’s
- Highlight the ROI and additional benefits you experienced from using this approach
- Tell a great legal procurement success story
- Highlight a tip or “trick”
- Shed new light on a topic and give great new insight
What you should know before you submit your applicationNow that you have an idea of what we are looking for, here are a few helpful tips for crafting your speaker submission so that you get selected to speak:
- Know our audience: sophisticated buyers and sellers of legal services looking for new insights and real solutions for their issues
- Does your session pass the "So what?" test? Outline your talking points and think about why an attendee should listen to you
- List what problems you are solving
- Do not pitch products, companies or services. Submissions contain clear takeaways for the audience
- Provide case studies or research that will assist our audience in their own business applications
- What is the take-away or action item the attendee walks away with?
The ideal speaker
- Is experienced and comfortable speaking in front of a large group of experienced buyers and sellers of legal services
- Is interested in sharing expertise, real-world strategies and knowledge with other creative professionals
- Is willing to partner with us to deliver the best possible experience for the audience
- Is attending the conference and engaging with attendees
- Is open to helping spread the word about the event
How speakers benefit
- Complimentary registration to the event
- Discount passes to share with friends, colleagues, and clients/customers
- Access to prepared marketing materials to help speakers promote their participation in the event
- Complimentary access to the Speaker’s Green Room during the event
- The opportunity to contribute articles to buyinglegal.com before the event
- Inclusion in pre-conference marketing and editorial coverage as an industry thought leader
- Access to networking opportunities at the event to connect with fellow speakers, attendees, and exhibiting companies
Important Dates1 December: Call for Speakers closes
26 January: Applicants notified of speaking status
18 May: LATAM in Miami (in Spanish!)
12 June: EMEA in London
July: APAC in Sydney
September: North America in New York
To apply for a speaking opportunity, please complete the form.
Submissions are due by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, 1 December 2017. Entries received after the deadline will be added to our Speakers Database, but not considered by the 2018 Conference Committee. You will be notified by 26 January 2018 if you have been selected.
How we choose speakersThe Conference Committee, comprised of seasoned legal procurement professionals and the leadership of the Buying Legal Council, will review proposals, evaluated them on the following criteria:
- Subject matter relevance and timeliness
- Clearly stated learning objectives and purpose
- Practical application of material
- Context of the issues including real-world case studies, examples, and stories
- Potential for audience interactive participation
- Speaker subject matter knowledge and expertise
- Speaker industry leadership
- Education focus devoid of overt and covert commercialism