Yes, you CAN present at CAEH 2018!
The COH’s research and policy stream at CAEH 2018, the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, will provide an opportunity for people with lived experience, academics, students, policymakers and frontline service providers to present their most promising, innovative and relevant research findings. It has been a successful part of the conference and we are looking for new voices to come out and share their work.
Thinking about joining us, but not sure if you’re ready? Here are 5 commonly held myths about presenting at CAEH…. and why they shouldn’t stop you!
You need to be a widely published academic to submit a proposal.
Reality: We are interested in work that’s being done by everyone, not just academics who are formally researching and publishing. The CAEH’s conference goal is to work towards solutions to homelessness, which can come from many different places. Even if you are just starting out, if you have information you think needs to be shared, we want to hear from you!
Ok, but you at least need to be an expert who has all the answers on your topic!
Reality: The focus of your presentation should be how attendees uncover and apply critical content that solves problems you are working on. The idea is to meet people and network your way to a solution. You don’t have to have all the answers - just an open mind to discussing the topic with your audience.
I’m not good at public speaking, what if my presentation doesn’t grab people’s attention?
Reality: As soon as you begin presenting you’ve got the audience’s attention. Starting with an alarming statistic or a dramatic statement may grab attention, but it is not key to sustaining it. It pushes you to lead with your best material – with the risk that your presentation will go downhill from there. In those first few moments, the more important task is to establish rapport with your audience by being yourself.
Alright, but my work doesn’t fit in with presentation styles I’ve seen at past conferences.
Reality: Your presentation does not need to fit traditional conference formats. We are actively looking for new ways to expand how information is shared with our wider community. Check out the presentation formats we suggest, or share a new idea with us.
Ok fine, but I am the only one from my agency that can go to CAEH, and I don’t want to present alone.
Reality: We are here to help! Let us know what is stopping you from participating and we will connect you with a solution. Formats like the debate are a great way to partner with someone else who isn’t currently working with you on the topic. We are open to developing the research stream with your help, so please reach out!
Check out the links below for more info!
Samantha Vite is the Community & Outreach Manager for the COH. She works with the communications team to provide technical support and guidance in outreach and communications strategies, with a particular interest in reaching new audiences.
Her expertise is based in multiple areas of community development which focus on poverty & homelessness, harm reduction and issues of social justice within the criminal justice system. Samantha graduated with an MSW from the University of Toronto in 2014. Her passions lie in using an international lens to work on social justice initiatives within local communities through stakeholder engagement; this has led her to working for the Ministry of Community Development, in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank, in St. Kitts & Nevis and heading the successful transition of a new emergency shelter into a Toronto community by engaging with local residents and government.
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