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Conference Presenter Guidelines






  • Questions to consider regarding your participants
    • What will participants know and be able to do when they leave my session?
    • What will happen during my session that will actively engage my participants?
    • What practical instructional applications will participants be able to implement?
    • Who is my audience?
    • How do I know participants will be interested in this topic?
  •  Considerations for vendors
    • Ensure your presentation is more than just a sales pitch.
    • Add depth and relevancy to your session by including a current practitioner.
  • Prewriting research
    • Know what the conference is about.
    • Follow the specific directions in the call for presenters.
    • Review session descriptions from previous years if available.
  • Writing the program proposal
    • Make the title and description brief but powerful.
    • Think like an advertiser; you have one chance to sell your session.
    • Use action verbs in the description.
    • Ensure the description is aligned with what you plan to deliver.
    • Identify what participants can implement immediately.
    • Invite someone to proofread your writing and make edits as needed.
    • Submit the proposal per conference directions.
  • Planning the session
    • Ensure your presentation fits the required timeframe: not too short, not too long.
    • Ensure your content is aligned to your description.
    • Weave practical classroom experiences into the presentation.
    • If you are providing a paper handout, ensure you bring enough for your anticipated audience.
    • If you are providing a digital handout, consider delivering a shortened URL and a QR code for ease of access.
    • Make a checklist of all the items you will need to take with you when you deliver the session.
  • Designing the presentation
    • Use a presentation tool that you have experience using.
    • Use best practices for designing slide presentations.
      • Ensure slide content is readable from a distance.
      • Limit text on a slide; if additional text is necessary, consider offering a paper or digital handout (accessed using a shortened URL and/or QR code link).
      • Use good design principles, such as contrasting background colors with text colors.
    • Cite sources.
    • Use high-quality images that add value to the presentation.
    • Prepare Plan B in case of technology failure.
    • Invite someone to proofread your presentation and any supporting materials and make necessary edits.
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