MMS Session Submission Process – Tips for Success!

Session Submission has begun for MMS 2020 at MOA and the session selection team wants to provide some tips for submissions, as well as attempt to demystify the process. Please note that even if you follow these tips to the “T”, there are no guarantees – we simply have many more session submissions (and potential speakers) than we can possibly accommodate – so we must prioritize and choose the best sessions with the best speakers in the most-efficient means possible.

Here’s the timeline for MMS MOA session selection:

  • Nov 20-Dec 20 - Call for sessions 
  • Dec 20-Jan 20 - Session selection and co-speaker alignment 
  • Jan 20-Feb 20 - Session posting to sched.com 

And here are the tips:

  1. When submitting a session, take the time to make it ‘production worthy’. Give us a catchy title, great description, and summarize the takeaways. Model your submission like the sessions currently posted for MMS 2019.
  2. Submit at least two, but no more than five please. On average, each speaker will co-present three sessions.
  3. Don’t have a friend submit identical sessions in the hopes that we pair you up. We know you often want a specific co-speaker, and we’ve re-introduced that field into our submission form. This is still no guarantee on your co-speaker (see below, and FAQ at bottom). 
  4. Your BEST CHANCE to speak with a specific co-speaker is for that person to also submit unique, stellar submissions. If by chance we select each of you to speak on your own merits, it’s very easy to pair you together. 
  5. Be Social! The more we know about you, and the more we can find about you online, the easier it is for us to get an idea of your technical skills and presentation abilities. Also, MMS isn’t just about presenting – it’s about being present, growing your network, and engaging with our attendees. If you plan to present and walk away, MMS is not for you. 
  6. Submit early! First in, first chosen. We review session submissions in the order received. So, the later you submit, the greater the chance that we’ve already approved something like your submission. 

FAQ

Why do you pair up speakers?
Our attendees love multiple perspectives, and as a speaker, it gives you a chance to collaborate with someone as well as share the load of a session, giving you a chance to pause, think, and add perspective while your co-speaker is talking.
Why can’t you guarantee my requested co-speaker?
For many reasons, but at its core, it’s a numbers thing – we simply can’t support adding all requested co-speakers, because we would have three times as many speakers and 25% fewer attendees if we did that. We will try to pair you with whom you requested, but if we can’t, we ask you to be flexible. If you consider not selecting your co-speaker a show-stopper, reconsider the sessions your submitting.
What do you mean "Be Present"?
Look at our attendee feedback each year and talk with speakers from previous MMS.  We really want you to engage, before, during, and after your sessions, at lunch, in social gatherings, and anywhere else. Therefore, we ask you to wear your jacket, and why we don’t have a speaker room. The point of our conference is for attendees to connect with both you and other attendees – your job as a speaker is to help facilitate that.
I’m not social, is that OK?
Well, it will be difficult. If we don’t know anything about you, and you don’t appear to be stepping out, there’s little chance you’ll be selected. We acknowledge that sometimes it’s hard to come out of your shell, but we really need you to at MMS.
How can I best prepare?
User groups! Go speak at user groups and encourage attendees to be social – we love seeing tweet storms where people talk about a presenter knocking it out of the park!
What do you cover?
We pay for your airfare, registration, and hotel – you’ll find the details on the session submission page.
Must I attend the entire conference?
Absolutely! From the speaker meeting on Sunday to the end of the last session on the last day. As mentioned, this isn’t about a one-way presentation from you to attendees – this is about being present, engaging, and being available for the duration of the conference.  Help us help attendees make MMS the best conference they can attend!

Sample Session

Patching Tools: So many choices!

Description:
Devices need patches and Microsoft has a whole bunch of solutions for delivering them. While many of us have come to love to hate patching with ConfigMgr there _are_ other options are out there. Come join us as we talk about WSUS, ConfigMgr, WUfB, InTune, Azure Patching, and anything else we can find. In this session we'll try to cover all your options both old and new and discuss their their strengths and weaknesses.

What you will learn:

  • Admit that ConfigMgr is not the only patching solution
  • Decide if you want to move that software updates co-management slider
  • Know that you have options