We welcome anyone  to submit their speaking proposals using our on-line form. Our only requirements are that you are involved in the digital business industry, that you live in the Dallas – Fort Worth metropolitan area, and that you adhere to our presentation guidelines which you’ll find below.

You may submit only one presentation pitch for each event.

Presentation Guidelines

  • Centralized Theme – Keep in mind presentations will revolve around a centralized theme for the event you are pitching to speak at. This is listed below next to the event name.
  • Your Audience – We ask that you keep the audience in mind when writing your presentation. Our audience is a mixture of digital marketers, startups, seo’s, social media marketers, college students, public relations specialists, advertising executives, and small business owners.
  • Style – Your presentation will be conducted in a story-like style from memory. Think like a conference keynote speaker or a TED talk.
  • Classy – You are not allowed to sell your product or services. If a product or service is vital to the theme you must use generic descriptors where possible (i.e. search engine instead of Google, ranking tools instead of Moz)
  • Time – Your talk will last for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Helpful – While it’s not required that your talk provide any direct useful knowledge to the audience, we would prefer presentations that do so. For example telling a secret used by others in your industry, or discussing a software tool used to do something.

Read about our upcoming events below before you submit your proposal

July 25th, 2016 – LET’S MAKE MONEY! – This event is about hilarious, insightful, and inspirational stories of Dallas area digital business professionals who have made money for themselves or for their employer. If you’ve got a story about how you went from broke to bank or helped your employed/client get more of the green pitch for this event!

October 2016 – TBD

Selection Process

We select our speakers using a selection technique that removes any bias based on industry name recognition, age, gender, or race. After we receive your proposed presentation your personally identifiable information is removed and your presentation is given a coded number. Our panel of volunteer judges scores and selects the pool of speakers for an event. The codes for the presentations they have selected are sent back and rematched with personal information to notify the selected speakers. Digital by Dallas does reserve the right to adjust the selections due to speakers dropping, becoming ill, or over any expressed quality issues.

Speakers who have no experience speaking in public will be asked to practice and prepare themselves before the event and pass a trial presentation done in private.

Your Presentation

A DxD Presentation is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in 15 minutes or less.

Why under 15 minutes?

This short presentation model is proven, since it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time, increasing their ability to absorb the key points and have a better chance to take away some actionable items.

What is a great, well-formed idea?

It can actually be one of several things:

  • Something that’s new and innovating; an idea, tool, technique, process, adaptation, or invention that your audience would find interesting or useful.
  • A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument, adaptation, application, or innovation behind it that challenges previous beliefs, expectations, and perspectives.

In other words, an idea is not just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes relevant evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Types of talks

When searching for speakers, we are generally looking for these seven different types of talks — not every speaker’s talk has to be exactly the same.

The “big idea”

The talks that make one or two very strong points which are usually paradigm shifts or “game changing” ideas.

The “tech demo”

A look at some clever new invention, tool, technique, software, process, program or device that you or your company or team were a part of creating.

The “secret method”

A presentation about how you discovered a new way to do something and a brief highlight of the tools you used to do it.

The “dazzle with wonder”

These presentations are mainly about the amazement of science and discovery.

The “small idea”

These presentations are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic.

The “issue”

These presentations expose your audience to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about.