I worked with Jason McDonald, ID Extrodinaire, on live-streaming and recording a presentation he gave to a group of instructional designers on the topic of storytelling. Afterward, I asked him for his advice on how I could develop a positive reputation in the field of instructional design. This is what he told me:
Present & publish
- Find out who’s interested in the the area of research you’re doing—Multicultural Online Learning Environments.
- Differentiate yourself from the pack. 500 people will be submitting conference request and publications. Be sure to sell how your message is uniquely beneficial.
- Forge a great title. The title is 80% of what draws peoples to come hear you present or read your article.
- Your presentation proposal is typically only a 75-word description of your topic. Make it count. Get others to read and revise it before submitting.
- At conferences, network beforehand. Ask sincere questions of other presenters to engage them. Tell them how your research efforts are related. Drop a friendly invitation.
Which Organizations should I Join?
- Start with smaller organizations, like AECT; they will have less competition.
- Find organizations that are currently publishing content in your area of interest.