The Special Event Show has started its session proposal search and wants you to submit ideas.

The annual trade show and conference dedicated to the meetings and events industry allows attendees to network with more than 5,000 colleagues, exhibitors and mentors. There are 100-plus education sessions, seven showcase events and thousands of products on hand at the exhibit hall floor.

Tracks for the education sessions include business and professional development, design, event management, sales and marketing, event technology, wedding trends, C-suites and catering. All proposals are reviewed on the basis of applicability, originality, conference needs and speaker qualifications. Submissions are due June 1 and those selected will be notified starting in July.

Conducting a presentation will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, and your name, with a huge audience of event professionals. Speakers receive a complimentary education package to the event, a commemorative gift and a chance to purchase a Closing Night Party ticket at a discounted price. Opening Night Celebration tickets are complimentary. Presenters also are featured in TSE marketing materials sent off to 80,000 industry members.

To submit a proposal, visit the Become a Speaker page of the TSE website.

The Special Event 2016 is taking place Jan. 12–14 2014, 2016, with exhibits slated for Jan. 13–14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 

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