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.

  • Presentation Skills
  • Communicating Numbers & Data
  • Creating Your Presentation & Preparing for Delivery
  • Event Audience
  • Event Technology
  • Deadlines
  • Presentation Skills

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    To 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 & Data

    65% 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/hourMaybe too fast, too much information
    5 slides/hourNot enough information for a useful handout
    10-25 slides/hourAbout 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 sizeText: 32–36 point font size
    No smaller than 28 points

    Download AFP 2019 PowerPoint Template

    Event Audience


    Event Technology

    On-Site Resource

    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.