Dynamic Voices Wanted
Real stories… Real passion…
This year at WYSTC we are looking for dynamic, engaging and inspiring speakers and topics to address the global audience of youth and dedicated specialist organisations in the youth student and travel industry.
Are you a natural public speaker with expertise on a relevant topic? Do you have an issue that will educate our attendees on a vital topic relating to their business? Do you have a powerful message or subject which will engage our global audience?
If the answer is yes to the above questions then we want to hear from you!
Complete the speaker application and topic submission form by clicking here and you could become one of our WYSTC conference speakers. Applications close Friday, 31 May.
Actively contribute to the learning and sharing experiences at the conference in a variety of seminar presenting formats: individual speakers, panel discussions, and workshop settings. A topic/speaker could be presented as a breakoff session for a smaller group or as a general session for all participants. We are also exploring the use of pre or post conference webinars as well. WYSTC encourages anyone engaged directly or indirectly in the fields of youth student and travel tourism to explore the opportunity to participate at WYSTC 2013 as a speaker to actively inspire and contribute to the learning and sharing of experiences at the conference.
Two easy steps get you there.
Step One: Select Your Topic
You are engaged directly or indirectly in the fields of youth student and travel tourism and have some enlightening topics to share. Choose from the five themes below to format your topic into what WYSTC delegates are most wanting to learn.
1. Top Trends in Work and Youth Travel. In this theme, we’re looking for what inspires newcomers to the youth travel industry, a trend in the specific youth travel segments, travel trends, economics trends, or topics about a specific geographical area.
2. The Nuts and Bolts of Work and Youth Travel. This could be about government regulations on youth travel (passport, visa, or safety issues for young travelers) or how to promote the value of youth travel within our delegate’s markets.
3. Becoming a Marketing Guru. How do you target a specific demographic (such as marketing within a certain location or to a particular age group) or interest group (i.e. backpackers, volunteers, groups, study abroad, sports tourism, religious youth travel)? How can organisations market to youth travelers online? How can destination management organisations attract youth travellers?
4. Selling the Work and Youth Industry. Wow us with selling techniques and how to approach specific audiences. Our delegates want to know how to sell their accommodation, destination, language school, volunteering or internship programs, etc.
5. Work and Youth Travel Industry Operations Practices. Best practices for group tour operators or specific business types such as accommodations, travel agencies, study and work abroad programmes, etc.
Step Two: Submit Your Speaker or Topic
Calling all speakers! Click here to complete the speaker application and topic submission form.
We are actively searching for inspirational presentations. Could your proposal be everything we are looking for? Fill out our submission form and inspire the youth travel industry to a whole new level. Speaker applications are accepted from 8 January through 31 May 2013. Speaker applications and topic submissions are then reviewed by the WYSTC Sub-Committee from 1 through 30 June, and speakers are announced in July 2013.
What Happens Next
Speakers will be selected by the WYSTC Sub-Committee* according to the following evaluation criteria:
1. Topic: Is the proposed topic relevant to the conference?
2. Originality: Is the proposed topic unique and interesting?
3. Lessons Learned: Does the proposed presentation include practical ideas, useful examples and insightful lessons?
4. Interest Value to Audience: Will this presentation encourage active dialogue with the audience?
5. Speaker(s): Is the proposed speaker knowledgeable and experienced in the relevant field?
Speaker applications Now Open – deadline for submissions 31st May 2013
1 – 30 June 2013 — speaker applications reviewed
July 2013 — speakers announced
All submissions will receive a response after 1 July 2013. A speaker agreement will be sent to each speaker to confirm the details of their application. WYSTC reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and/or to work with specific speakers to modify their suggested presentations.
Speaker Terms and Conditions
WYSTC speakers are required to:
- Share case studies, best practice examples or lessons that are relevant to the respective sessions and provide practical knowledge.
- Engage the audience and make presentations in an interactive and engaging manner.
- Deliver their presentations within the agreed time limit, to be strictly regulated by session moderators.
- Make relevant presentation materials (e.g. PowerPoint slides) available online after the conference.
*The WYSTC Sub-Committee comprises of student and youth travel tourism experts and industry leaders. Representing diverse groups of student and youth travel tourism stakeholders, the Sub-Committee will serve as a substantial support to the WYSTC mission.