Call for Stories – Vienna

Join us for the Business Agility Conference in Vienna. We’re looking for authentic stories of organisational design, market disruption, product innovation, and next-gen leadership across the whole organisation and spanning different industries. We can’t wait to hear about your experience in applying innovative ideas, models, or frameworks.

What Makes a Great Story

At our core, we are all storytellers, and great stories are crafted and refined. Here is what we’re looking for in your story:

  • A clearly identifiable Beginning, Middle, and End – If you don’t have a narrative, then it isn’t a story;
  • We can connect with it on an emotional level – The best stories are the ones where everything doesn’t go perfectly from the start. Show vulnerability. The audience will feel the struggle you went through and may be living it today in their organization. People hearing your story should be able to see themselves reflected in it;
  • Tension builds throughout the story – You’ll want to jump to the success and tell us all about how great the way of working is today. Don’t rush to the ending. Help your audience understand the mistakes, missteps, and learnings along the way. Not all stories will have a successful or happy ending; these stories are equally valuable for the lessons learned.

Check out our favourite stories from previous conferences for examples of what “good” looks like.

  • Paul Cobban: The 22000 Persons Start-up – We love this content and the engaging delivery style.
  • Joni Wheeler & Susan Courtney: A Story of Leadership Transformation – We absolutely loved the messaging and content. Their delivery style is calm, easy to understand, and interesting. This is also a good example to demonstrate pairing.
  • Renee Troughton: Reality Bites and Stranger Things – We love the content of this talk. It tells a personal story and focuses on the human relationship skills end of the spectrum (“soft” skills). It’s also an unusual presentation type.
  • Jon Smart: The Yin and Yang of Speed and Control – Absolutely fantastic content.

We’re Here to Help

When you submit your story, you will be able to ask our excellent team to work directly with you in crafting and refining your story. Ultimately, we’ll be selecting the best stories based on the refined version submitted by January 23. Submit early to get the best opportunity for detailed feedback from our busy review team.

Important dates

  • November 01, 2018 – Submission System Opens
  • January 23, 2019 – Submission System Closes
  • February 28, 2019 – Programme Announced

Speaker Compensation

Speakers will receive 1-2 nights accommodation at our preferred hotel (depending upon your origin – Europe or overseas) and complimentary conference entry.

Conference Format

The format for the conference continues to be unique. There are no tracks – just a large room for everyone. Each day is broken into three sessions: Executives, Thought-Leaders, and Practitioners. Each session will consist of three, 20-minute, “art of the possible” stories, a short Q/A with all the speakers and a “deep dive” into the domain. The deep dive options include a smaller group discussion with the speakers from the session or a facilitated activity at the tables.

What is your “art of the possible” story?

  • Your Personal Details

  • A short overview of who you are. If you've provided it previously, just leave this blank.
  • Please provide a link to a a previous presentation (this or another one) that you've done. If you don't have a recorded presentation, please record a 5 minute video introducing the topic
  • Talk Details

  • For example, who was involved, what were their responsibilities, how do you fit into the story, etc
  • What is the history that set the stage for this story? Provide any additional background information
  • What happened? How did you get here?
  • What went wrong?
  • How did you resolve the conflict? What was the outcome? There may not be a resolution to the conflict yet.
  • How are things now that time has passed? What did you learn? How did you grow? What’s next?
  • If you are applying to speak at a specific event, please select it here. If you'd like to be considered for all events (globally) you may select all of them (or leave it blank).
  • I understand and agree that, if selected, my session will be recorded and made available to members of the Business Agility Institute and potentially the wider public. We cannot consider proposals that cannot be recorded. We understand that circumstances change and you are able to withdraw this permission at any time. A copy of the recording will be made available to you prior to it being made public.

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