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Guidance for presenters

Your abstract

As part of your presentation proposal submission, you will need to provide a summary of your presentation.

Your abstract should speak directly to conference delegates. It must also clearly articulate what delegates will learn from attending your session. Remember not to over promise, but do try to make your abstract as interesting, appealing and informative as possible. 

Note that the presentation portal allows you to indicate separately which sector/s your presentation targets (whether schools, tertiary institutions, education businesses or all industry).

While every abstract varies, most comprise around 125 to 175 words.

Abstract examples

To help get you started, check out some examples of abstracts used for previous NZIECs:

Power and presence: Techniques for effective presentations

Presence can be a difficult quality to define, but we always know it when we see it. People with presence hold our attention. They seem to project a sense of ease, poise and self-assurance. They often have the capacity to change hearts and minds.

This workshop attempts to defy the myth that people with presence are born and not made. During this interactive session we will explore techniques that enhance the ability to connect with others emotionally and cognitively. It will suggest that our power as leaders and presenters does not always come from forcefulness or assertiveness, but from openness, presentness and the acknowledgment of our uniqueness.

Sink, swim or surf: Tsunami warning for international student education and recruitment

The international student landscape is about to be hit by a big wave of technology-driven disruption. Will you sink, swim or surf?

New Zealand educators, international agents and government bodies need to be preparing for a world in which:

  • The web-based internet of the past 20 years is fast dissolving into an app-based world inside devices we carry on our person and use around our homes
  • Virtual and augmented-reality leap from the realm of gamers to learners
  • Decades-old traditions of booking a taxi, staying in hotels, learning foreign languages, and studying for a three-year undergraduate degree are being challenged to their core
  • Data is becoming the fuel which will power most aspects of 21st century life and learning.

This dynamic session will highlight some of the key warning signs for New Zealand’s international education industry, and will provide a series of recommendations and tactics to ensure that institutions and agents not only survive but also thrive through the next decade and beyond.

To know me is to recruit me: Using ENZ’s personas to shape your marketing

Knowing how your audience thinks and behaves is the most important step in connecting with them. The use of personas, embodying common sets of traits, motivations, attributes and values, allow you to connect with prospective customers at a personal and emotional level that resonates.

Through extensive research and one-on-one interviews with students and parents, ENZ has developed four personas that describe the key attributes and motivating factors for students wanting to study here. Aligning your offering, your service and your marketing to these personas will help improve the experience of students wanting to live and study in New Zealand.

In this session you will learn about the four personas and how you can leverage them in what you offer and how you market to international audiences.