With conference itineraries jam-packed with informational sessions, how do you make yours the one that stands out, the presentation that attendees tweet about after it's over? With careful preparation beforehand, you can make sure your hard work doesn't go unnoticed. Here are some tips for leading a buzz-worthy session at your next conference.
Timing is Everything
We've all experienced sitting through a presentation that goes too long, resisting the urge to look at your phone or watch to see how much time has passed. Don't be the presenter that goes over the allotted speaking time! The limits are there for a reason, whether it's to give everyone on your panel a chance to shine or to allow for Q & A from the audience. Practice your presentation beforehand to ensure you have it down to the set time. You'll make more of an impact when your audience is focused on what you're saying, not when you'll be finished.
A Little Self-Promotion
Want to make sure your session is well-attended? Don't be shy, tell the world...or at least your fellow attendees. Promote your panel ahead of time on social media using your conference's event hashtag. Encourage participation by asking attendees to share questions or experiences they have on your particular topic. With others invested in what you have to say, they'll be more inclined to check out your presentation in person.
A Feast for the Eyes
The well-worn saying "a picture's worth a thousand words" can be applied in many contexts, but many adhere to its meaning when creating visuals for their presentation. While it's true that images can enhance your story in ways that long blocks of text on a slide cannot, throwing a popular meme into your presentation deck that's not connected to your topic can distract from the central point you're trying to make, and take up precious time.
Know Your Audience
Tailoring your presentation to attendees is easier when you're a member of the organization and have participated in previous conferences. If it's your first time attending, though, be sure you do your research as to the type of audience you'll be speaking to in your session.
With all of the effort you put into your presentation, make it the talk of the conference and not just a line in the program. For a conference that attendees won't forget, let the experienced team at The Otesaga help plan future events.