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SXSW PanelPicker Tip #17: Proofread It!

The Forrest Four-Cast: July 12, 2018

Speaking proposals for SXSW 2019 are now being accepted via the PanelPicker interface. Between now and the July 20 entry deadline, this space will explore 25 tips on how you can have the most success in this process.

As we get ever-closer to the deadline day, we remind you how important it is that you proofread your proposal. And re-proofread. And, re-re-proofread. Better still, get a friend to read your proposal to catch problems that you might have missed! Why? Because nothing kills a great idea like typos, incomplete sentences, misspellings, poor punctuation and grammatical snafus. So review review review your proposal to try to eliminate all of these kinds of mistakes. And remember that once you’ve hit the “submit” button on the PanelPicker interface, you can’t make any more corrections to your entry.

Click here to read a running list of all 25 PanelPicker tips. For info on what NOT to do when entering a speaking proposal in this interface, read this post from 2015 as well as this post from 2016.

Also, if you want to sketch out your PanelPicker entry offline before you enter it online, then download PDFs of the application form here.

Also remember that the registration process for SXSW 2019 opens on Wednesday, August 1. Buy your badge early to ensure the lowest rates and to have the most options on convenient downtown lodging.

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.

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