Forums are supported with wired high speed Internet access, a video projector compatible with Windows and Mac platforms, a microphone, speakers, and a screen. Presenters who need a laptop or tablet for their session(s) are required to bring their own. The League does not provide this equipment or associated adapters.
Presenters are responsible for ensuring that presenter-provided equipment connects and functions with the equipment provided by conference organizers. Presenters assume full responsibility for the technical requirements of custom setups, as well as the security and operation of their own equipment.
Before arriving, presenters should ensure that their laptops have updated virus detection software and the latest software patches installed. Onsite, presenters who need technical assistance may contact League staff or the Technical/AV Support Team. The Technical/AV Support Team cannot provide laptops, tablets, adapters, specialized cabling, drivers, software, connectors, or other out of the ordinary items.
Please note that electricity will not be available for Roundtable Discussions; wireless Internet is available in the meeting room. Roundtable Discussions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided, battery-operated laptop or tablet. Flipcharts will be available for Roundtable Discussions.
If you need special equipment, contact Robin Piccirilli. Presenters may be responsible for expenses associated with additional equipment.
Questions about your participation as a presenter at Learning Summit? Contact Robin Piccirilli.
Presenters who need a laptop or tablet for their session(s) are required to bring their own. The League does not provide this equipment.
Here are some helpful tips to assist you in preparing and delivering an effective presentation.
PowerPoint Tips. Keep the size of your audience in mind. Visuals that are not clearly legible to all participants are distracting and annoying. Remember that some participants will be in the back of the room.
Use fonts that are simple and easy-to-read. Generally, one font should be used throughout your presentation, with perhaps another used sparingly for special emphasis.
Keep your displayed message simple. Your presentation graphics should highlight the points you are making, not repeat them word for word.
Four to six colors are usually plenty to communicate your message. Of these, only one or two should be intense colors.
Black text on a white background is always the best visually, but is also a boring choice. Use colors that are easy on the eyes and always keep good contrast in mind so that conference participants do not have to strain to guess what is typed on a slide.
Presentation Tips. Plan your presentation well in advance. A good presentation requires careful planning and review.
You will lose your audience if your presentation does not address the issues described in your session description. One of the most common complaints heard from conference participants is that the session description provided in the Conference Program did not describe the actual presentation.
Rehearse your presentation in advance. A dry run of your presentation to knowledgeable individuals is the most successful method of preparation.
Be sensitive to your audience. Avoid distractions and potential offense by insensitivity to gender, sexual preference, race, and ethnicity.
Equipment failures are not uncommon, so be prepared to make your presentation without equipment support.
Your session will be 75 minutes long. Throughout the conference, there will only be 15 minutes in between sessions. Out of respect for presenters who follow you, it is imperative that you begin and end your session on time.
Be prepared for questions and answer them directly. Try to anticipate the types of questions you may be asked. Repeat the question to make certain the entire audience has heard it before you begin to answer.
Be comfortable and poised. Good eye contact will help hold the audience's attention, as will a steady voice that emphasizes the variety and interest of your presentation. Your body movement should be conscious and deliberate. Avoid swaying and pacing. Remember, you do have something important to say and the audience wants to be supportive!