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2022 Spring Forum: Call for Presentation Proposals

The 2022 Spring Forum – taking place April 11-12, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois – is designed to be the most interactive, engaging spring conference in the vacation rental industry. The Spring Forum provides increased ways to network with peers from across the country and more opportunities to learn through innovative education formats. 

Proposal Deadline Extended: Friday, December 3, 2021 (11:59 pm CT)

Presentation proposal submissions are now open! If you bring value to your organization, have a success story, implemented a new process, experienced an upgrade, or faced a challenge, we invite you to share your story at the conference with other forward-thinking attendees.

All proposals must be accompanied by a presentation draft or session outline, which can be uploaded at the end of the submission form. For tips on pitching your proposal, read this Arrival article.

The VRMA Education Committee will review and discuss all proposals submitted by the deadline. Status notifications will be sent in January. Please direct all questions to education@vrma.org. 

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Interactive Educational Format

Designed with your needs in mind, the VRMA Spring Forum includes more hands-on training and interactive workshops with a focus on the diverse issues and challenges unique to professionals in the vacation rental industry. The educational program will allow opportunities to connect with peers in a more intimate setting, feel encouraged to ask questions, and tune into the changing vacation rental landscape.

There will be educational opportunities available for everyone in the industry – from experienced CEOs and owners to new front-line and support staff – and across all departments, from marketing to housekeeping to sales to accounting and more!

This year’s program format is designed to include an increased amount of interactive session formats and hands-on training opportunities. Please carefully review the session formats we are looking for below before submitting your proposal.

Session Type and Description

Suggested Length

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions/Birds of Feather

  • Conference attendees in these sessions are brought together by a common unifying trait, theme or demographic to discuss the issues and best practices affecting a specific group (such as property managers, reservationists, etc).
  • Moderators/speakers serve as session facilitators of the conversation and provide input as appropriate while discussion and takeaways focus on the attendee interactions by sharing their experiences.
  • Discussions will occur in a larger groups (roughly 30 or more participants) in 45 to 60 minute sessions.
  • Discussion will center on the multiple issues and challenges facing the specific group.
  • Submissions should include pertinent topics and discussion points to help guide the conversation.

Potential examples may include:

  • Role Specific Discussions (i.e. Marketing Managers or Housekeeping Staff, etc.)
  • Location or Regionally Based Discussions (ie Mountain Based VRMs, Beach Region VRMs, etc.)

45 – 60 minutes

Interactive Case Studies

  • Interactive case studies require attendees to review and analyze prepared industry research or case study at the beginning of the session, followed by expert-led discussion amongst attendees.
  • Sessions should utilize worksheets, small group discussion and other interactive tools to engage attendees.
  • Submissions should include details surrounding specific industry research or a company case study to serve as the focal point of discussion in these sessions

45 – 60 minutes

Hands-On Workshops

  • Hands on/interactive demonstration style format with opportunity to practice and/or apply new knowledge gained from the session.
  • Most sessions will occur in 90 minute time slots.
  • May require attendees to bring real-world materials or examples from their own businesses to utilize during the session.
  • Submissions should include specifics regarding the takeaways and interactive components of the sessions, such as simulations, role playing, expert-led interactive discussions or demonstrations as well as any information/examples attendees should bring to the session.

Potential examples may include:

  • Staff Coaching
  • Conducting a Performance Review
  • Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Preparing a Budget

90 minutes

Classroom/Lecture Format Breakout (1-2 speakers)

  • Traditional breakout sessions featuring 1 or 2 speakers presenting prepared content
  • Approximately 10-15 minutes Q & A at the end of the session
  • Submissions should include detailed topics to be covered during the session

60 minutes

Panel Session (3 or more speakers)

  • Panel discussion with a moderator featuring 3 or more speakers, presenting prepared content with approximately 10-15 minutes Q & A at the end of the session OR
  • Format may be an open question and answer forum with prepared questions from the moderator as well as the audience
  • Submissions should include detailed topics to be covered during the session or specific points of discussion for the panelists

45 – 60 minutes

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