Speaker Tips & Tricks
Your session was selected for AFP 2023! This is no easy feat. Over 550 session proposals were reviewed and debated by a select group of your treasury and finance practitioner peers and only about 17% 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 speaker resources including the Speaker Guide, training videos on presentation skills, and so much more.
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
60% of your audience will be corporate practitioners and 40% 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 2022 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|
AFP 2023 is a gateway into the heart of the treasury and finance profession. It's an opportunity for your message to shine, which is why we've put together a page complete with tips, tricks, Speaker Guide and informational videos that will help ensure you give the most effective presentation possible.Download the Speaker Guide
Module 1: Creating Content
Module 2: Preparing Yourself and Your Presentation Team^Top
Module 3: Delivering Your Presentation^Top