Why I speak at RTC

I still remember deciding at the end of my first RTC that I wanted to be a speaker – I had learnt so much during the conference but I had also realised that I had a lot to share about how I was using Revit on my own projects. Since then I have spoken at many RTC events in Australia and New Zealand and in 2014 in North America.

I’m an interior designer, not a BIM manager, no-one expects me to speak at RTC as part of my job. I had never really even planned on learning much about BIM, as by the time I was learning Revit, I was busy managing a team and running multiple projects. Yet somehow I managed to learn enough to be sent along to an RTC and from then onwards have been passionate about staying informed and involved, mainly through attending RTC events.

For the ANZ events, being a speaker means your conference registration is paid. Usually this means it’s pretty easy to convince your office to foot the rest of the bill. That’s a pretty good reason to speak already! Being a speaker also gives you the opportunity to improve your own skills and knowledge across a wide variety of areas – from public speaking and preparing presentations to testing out a new software or technology. The range of topics we are looking for grows broader each year and is no longer focused on Revit, but rather any and all approaches to the use of technology and BIM in the AEC industry.

Over the years I personally have spoken on a broad range of topics from technical sessions and labs on scheduling, producing room data sheets and groups  through to the economics of BIM, project case studies and the BIMx series on Big Ideas around Big Data looking at industry trends. Think about your projects, but don’t let this limit your abstracts. Preparing an RTC talk is a great way to commit yourself to learning that new software or researching that new technology. If you are interested in something related to architecture, engineering, infrastructure, estimating, scheduling or construction and technology – then chances are that someone else will be too.

Don’t forget also that you don’t have to do all the work on your own. Rope in some colleagues or friends as co-speakers (although only 1 speaker gets conference registration). Our personal BIMinions favourite is to meet up with your friends for lunch somewhere with WiFi, grab a bottle of wine and work on your abstracts together!

And finally, if you are a speaker – you get an invite to the exclusive speakers only drinks on the Wednesday night and the chance to hobnob with all the other speakers. It’s like RTC starts a day early. What could be better than that?

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