Resources for Presenters
At the National Charter Schools Conference, we’re constantly trying to make our content more engaging, advanced, relevant, and practical. We hope that attendees will leave every session with a tool they can apply to their jobs.
To that end, we have assembled a series of resources here for you to help improve your presentation including public speaking tips, engagement ideas, powerpoint design, and more. As we come across more resources we will continue to add to our offerings here. Please bookmark this page and check back often.
Breakout Session Advisors
Every session has been assigned an advisor from the program committee or our staff who will work with you to help make sure your content is the best it can be. Please keep an eye out for emails from your advisor with important instructions on how to make your content the best it can be. Please rely on your advisor as a resource who knows our event well and can give guidance.
Please note that for logistical questions, you should still reach out to event staff at email@example.com.
New this year! On every session evaluation, we will ask attendees if a sales pitch was part of the presentation. If more than 25% of attendees respond yes, we will not allow that presenter back to the conference the following year. Our attendees hate sales pitches at conferences and they don’t work.
If you want to get some leads through your presentation, leave a pile of business cards at the front or consider getting a booth in our exhibit hall. We want to make sure our attendees have the best experience possible, and this is something they’ve been requesting for a number of years.
Resources Specific to the National Charter Schools Conference
To better understand our conference philosophy so that you can prepare your session accordingly, you can:
- Download the 2012 program book for a conference overview and detailed session descriptions.
- Watch last year's inspiring speakers including Bill Cosby and Deborah Kenny in our general session videos.
- If you have an iPhone that you'd like to use as a clicker to advance your PowerPoint slides at the conference, you can download the iClickr desktop & iPhone apps here.
- See what kinds of sessions we presented last year and find handouts from your favorites through our Session Search Tool.
- Browse this year's conference website and Session Search Tool
Poster Session Resources
Leading a poster session at the National Charter Schools Conference is a fantastic way to share your expertise with our attendees. To maximize your impact, check out some of the following resources:
- Another conference's Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation
- Colin Purrington's extensive list of "DO's and DON'Ts" for designing and presenting effective conference posters
- Scott Plunkett's Tips on Poster Presentations at Professional Conferences
There’s a lot of great content on the internet to help improve presentations and public speaking. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Benjamin Ellis's ten-item checklist for presenting at a conference
- Eduwonk's article on how to be an effective moderator
- Harvard Business Review's tips on How to Give a Killer Presentation
- Harvard Business Review's article on How To Moderate a Panel Like a Pro
- Matt Ventoff's 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves will help you overcome any lingering anxiety that you have about public speaking
- Microsoft's 12 Tips for Creating Better Powerpoint Presentations
- Mike Splane's article on PowerPoint covers both preparation and presentation tips in great detail
The following AV equipment is provided for every room:
- LCD Projector and Screen
- One Podium Microphone
- One Table Top Microphone for sessions with panels
Additional AV equipment (e.g speakers for computer audio, additional microphone for panelists) carries a charge for presenters. Please complete this additional AV form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 866.312.4404 by June 7, 2013 to receive discounted prices.
Upload Your Speaker Bio
Please be sure to submit brief bios for your session speakers. You can do this by clicking here to log into the conference management system. We will include them in the online schedule for all participants to view in aiding their own scheduling decisions.
Register for the Conference
If you have not yet registered for the conference, please do so online as soon as possible and by May 31 at the latest. To register, visit our presenter registration page. You must register by May 31 to receive the discounted presenter rate of $350. If you have already registered at the a higher rate, please email email@example.com to request a price adjustment.
Book Your Hotel Room
The Grand Hyatt Washington is the official presenter hotel for this year's conference. The Hyatt just completed a beautiful new renovation and it's within walking distance of the convention center. It's also right across the street from our official after-hours hangout, the Capitol City Brewing Company, which makes it a great hotel to be based out of for networking.
This link is exclusively for our presenters to use to book their rooms so it's the best way to make your reservation:
You can also book by calling the hotel at 1-888-421-1442 and mentioning the group code "NAPCS". Make sure when you call that you ask to be placed in the presenter room block.
Plan your Session
Prior to the conference, please plan to meet with your fellow presenters at least once to plan your session. Feel free to use your breakout session advisor as a resource to further enhance your presentation.
Additionally, please upload your presentation materials into the conference management system by Friday, May 31. To do so, visit our conference management system and use the email address and password that you received in your presenter logistics email. If you do not have your login information or need any other assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.