Speaker Tips & Tricks
Your session was selected for AFP 2019! This is no easy feat. Over 500 session proposals were reviewed and debated by a select group of your practitioner peers and only around 100 made the final cut.
But your work doesn’t stop there. You need to create a presentation that educates and motivates your audience. Whether this is your first time speaking or you’re an expert looking for inspiration, check out some of our best practices and resources to help you create and informative and engaging presentation.
Practice, Practice, PracticeTo feel extra confident during your presentation, make sure you rehearse. This will ensure you know the material and can cover everything you’d like. If you can rehearse with your co-presenters, that’s even better! At the very least, hold a meeting with everyone beforehand to discuss your session.
When you’re on-site, head to your session room to become familiar with your surroundings. Check sight lines, check microphone levels and run through your presentation so you’re ready to go when it’s the real deal.
Communicating Numbers & Data65% of your audience will be corporate practitioners and 35% will be associates. Think about how you can effectively relate to them. Be an Edutainer (yes, you read that right) While your peers are attending to learn, it does not hurt to entertain them in the process. Even the most professorial academic speakers win points for being fun to listen to.
Spice up your serious review of the issues with examples of your own experience that reveal who you are and stories that illustrate your points. Audiences love stories and when you share genuine feelings you create an immediate connection with them.
Creating Your Presentation & Preparing for Delivery
|30 slides/hour||Maybe too fast, too much information|
|5 slides/hour||Not enough information for a useful handout|
|10-25 slides/hour||About right, depending on your style|
|To ensure consistency, you must use the AFP 2019 PowerPoint template that is provided. We suggest the following font sizes:|
|Titles: 40–44 point font size||Text: 32–36 point font size|
|No smaller than 28 points|
You have access to an exclusive Speaker Ready Room on-site. Here you can make minor last minute edits to your presentation, test out functionality or meet with your fellow speakers for a final run-through.