Hi Donna! A great comment—and I totally agree that a proposal should be tailored toward conferences that people want to present to.
Sometimes, however, the idea comes before the event, and as noted, events don’t all follow the same format, so while UX Australia may prefer a certain “way” for their submissions, so does SXSW, IA Summit, and so on. It’s pretty impossible for someone to predict what those will be like, particularly people who are just starting out. My hope with this article is to help provide a very basic format that allows people—especially new, diverse voices in our communities—can follow to collect and refine their ideas.
Once a core idea is pulled together, it should be easier to modify it for specific events.
Thanks so much for commenting!