Speaker Guidelines: Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe

Call for Speakers: Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe 2020

16-18 March 2020, London

The Extended Deadline for submissions is 11 November 2019

The call for speakers for our Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe 2020 is now open.  This unique and multidisciplinary conference is for everyone in business change and transformation related roles, to share and explore how organisations turn great ideas into high-value business outcomes. The programme is driven by real-world solutions to the opportunities and challenges that people face, in today’s high-paced world of almost infinite ideas.

Speaker Benefits Include:

  • Establish yourself as a thought leader both in the Business Change and Transformation field and at your own company
  • Free attendance at the conference (if two speakers have been put forward for the session, the second speaker will have to pay a highly discounted rate).
  • Receive a registration discount for your colleagues
  • Great networking opportunity with your peers and share your thoughts and experiences with a qualified and motivated audience.
  • Learn from the valuable feedback provided by attendees and fellow speakers
  • Positioning yourself to build excellent professional relationships
  • Discover the joy of sharing your expertise and teaching others
  • Create new business opportunities for yourself and your organisation

What We Are Looking For:

People want to hear about, and explore, your experiences in creating value through Business Change and Transformation. We are looking for speakers who can share their story, stimulate the audience’s imagination, and offer practical answers to real-life challenges. What approaches, techniques and tools have proved to be most useful? As a speaker, you can expect to get all kinds of valuable insights in return.

Tell us about the talk you would like to give. Give it a title, describe it in a paragraph or two, and highlight the key messages in 3-5 bullet points. Tell us something about yourself, your role, and the enterprise you represent. If you have previous experience as a conference speaker, summarise it for us, or tell us if this would be your first time. We’re happy either way, as long we know.

Experience has shown us that delegates have expressed a preference for how-to topics and case studies rather than theoretical or abstract topics.  We would particularly like practitioners with interesting and real experiences to share – success stories, lessons learnt, challenges that have been overcome, pitfalls to avoid. If you are from a software, service provider or consulting firm, please include a speaker that is an end-user.  We value your industry expertise. However, delegates are looking for an end-user experience.

Industry experts who can provide fresh insights, current trends, management advice and discussions of future directions.

We will be choosing keynotes, conference sessions and workshops on the following examples of themes and topics.  If you have something we’ve not covered, and you feel the conference would value, please tell us anyway.

Themes and Topics:

  • Creating or finding the best ideas for change
  • Investing in the most valuable changes
  • Making the most of transformational trends – such as Digitalisation, Enterprise Agility, Industry 4.0, AI, and Sustainability
  • Co-ordinating multiple changes and outcomes
  • Designing change, from small-scale enhancements to big-picture transformations
  • Choosing methods for delivering change
  • Integrating changes into your business and markets
  • Transforming your business at the speed that you need to
  • Delivering the benefits of change, while minimising the risks

Please read the Speaker Guidelines below carefully before preparing your abstract and submitting your proposal via the link at the bottom of this page

Please direct any questions about submissions to Jeremy Hall jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk and Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk

Sponsorship opportunities are available including speaking opportunities.  Please contact Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk

Speaker Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully before you make your submission, and ensure it reaches us by 11 November 2019.

Proposals should be focused, adheres to the conference guidelines and offers something engaging and useful.

We are looking for:

  • 50-minute conference talks plus 10-minute Q&A
  • Pre-conference workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)
  • Keynotes (45 minutes – 1 hour)

We expect to receive a large number of submissions for this conference, and take a wide range of factors into account in making selections, including the need to provide a balanced programme.  Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form below. You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should be kept to the 150 word limit, clearly outlining your content plus 3-5 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages as to what delegates will learn.  Copy must be written in 3rd person.

Bear in mind that your abstract needs to be sufficiently polished for inclusion on the website and in the conference brochure and must achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation you can include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity in the subject matter.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Use the bullet points to highlight the key ‘takeaways’.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic (e.g. EA, information architecture or software), you should position it clearly in the overall conference theme.


  • ‘Pitching’ specific products.
  • Exceeding the word count limit.
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions.
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at other conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by the beginning of December.

Click here to submit your proposal by completing the Application Form

Please direct any questions about submissions to Jeremy Hall jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk and Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available including speaking opportunities

Please contact Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk