Congratulations on your successful proposal of a presentation for HeyPressto. We hope you are as excited as we are. We also recognise that for many of you this will be the first time you have given a conference presentation like this, and so you may have many questions. We want this to be a fun and enjoyable event for everyone, and we are happy to answer your questions and provide all the support we can, just contact us.
We hope the information on this page will be useful in providing some ideas and guidance.
Hopefully you are aware of the basic idea (15 tweets, one per minute in a scheduled 15 minute slot, threaded and/or numbered to show the sequence, with the hashtag #HeyPresstoConf20), and you should take a look at the code of conduct.
But we want you to adhere to those in spirit and not get stressed by pedantic adherence to details.
If you find that you need to drop the numbering, or hashtag to squeeze an extra word into Twitter’s character limit, don’t worry too much.
By all means use images, gifs and links to enhance your tweets (and hey, you can make these accessible by adding more text to alt-description).
If you want to tweet bilingually, then of course you get extra Tweets, we want reward inclusivity not penalize it.
Yes you can invite discussion beyond your allotted time and tweet quota. Someone else may be giving their presentation while you discuss yours, but people following the conference can manage their attention to engage with both.
Hints and Advice
If you’re looking for inspiration on the type of presentations that have been given at previous conferences on Twitter, we have a page of examples.
There are some very useful tips from previous presenters on our sister conference PressEd.
Some of those tips in brief:
- Think about your key message, and what you want to say in each Tweet
- Prepare your Tweets in advance.
- check the hashtag, check the numbering/threading, check links.
- Experiment with tools such as Twitter’s web interface and Tweetdeck to explore options for scheduling Tweets and building threads in advance.
- As far as we know there is no way to schedule individual tweets in a thread in advance (but, you know, the rules are flexible).
- Be careful, some other apps put a limit on how many tweets you can schedule in advance.
- Times are given as UK times (UTC+1) – use https://time.is (or similar) to check that compares to where you are.
- Have fun! – that’s the most important top tip
If you want to get anonymous feedback from the community about your submission idea, then contact us and we can add your submission idea here (anonymously) and ask people to comment.