Congratulations on becoming a speaker at USOW19! We have set forth these speaker guidelines to ensure that you deliver something exciting and unique, so the rest of us may learn, share and be inspired.
USOW19 is a highly-anticipated event, and we are very selective over who we have on-stage. The conference is very much our 'product' and we always do our utmost to make sure that our speakers provide the audience with high-quality information…
*Shamelessly adapted from the ‘TED Commandments’ – rules every speaker needs to know
You must send your proposed presentation title accompanies by 3 explanatory bullet points highlighting the content of your presentation. Please provide a detailed sentence for each bullet point describing your presentation (really spell out what you are covering and what the learning outcomes are so that anyone can understand).
Then, read the rest of this FAQ carefully because it contains information that will help you prepare. Remember the 5 Ps for Prior Planning Promotes Proper Performance
We've put together the ‘10 speaker commandments’ for maximizing the potential of your presentation. We’d also recommend taking a look at the suggestions given here.
Please refer to the conference schedule
NB: The timed agenda will be released at least 4 weeks prior to the conference, but the program must remain somewhat fluid to accommodate for last minute changes, drop-outs etc., so we may be forced to change the time of your presentation. In the unlikely event this happens, you will be informed immediately but we do ask that you keep your calendar flexible during the conference to accommodate for any changes. Be available in the conference hall at least 15-minutes before your presentation.
Our screens will be widescreen 16:9 format. To ensure your presentation is the right size in PowerPoint go to Design > Slide Size > Widescreen (16:9). NB if your presentation is not in 16:9 format your entire presentation, text and images will be displayed incorrectly.
You must submit your presentation to Dropbox by deadline Sunday 26th May. Do NOT miss this deadline under any circumstances please. Your presentation will be checked for quality control and that it passes technical requirements. If you miss the deadline, we will assume that you are not intending to speak at the conference and your presentation will be removed from the program or filled by a reserve speaker. It is absolutely unacceptable to expect that you can hand your USB containing your presentation to the AV team before you walk on stage. Be excellent instead and be mindful of your deadline.
Please highlight to the conference director if you are including audio so we can test it properly. Please let us know at least 1 week prior to the event if this is the case.
Ideally, we ask that you embed your video into the slide as this ensures smoother transitioning. Please send the original video file with your presentation as a backup, and make sure this is done in advance of the event to allow for testing on site. Please try to avoid streaming videos from the internet during your presentation – no-one likes to watch as YouTube buffers!
If you wish, particular slides can be omitted from the post-event digital presentations that we make available to delegates. This must be arranged with the conference director Adam Minkley immediately after the conference. Our conferences often provide an opportunity for our journalists to cover the most important stories within the industry and so speeches, graphics and pictures from the presentations may be used in our print and online articles. Please let the conference director know if you are not comfortable with this.
Email any changes to Adam Minkley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save your Bio in a word doc file to Dropbox.
Please label your file like this: Bio, Full Name, Company
If you have trouble uploading your file to Dropbox, please email the file to Adam Minkley at email@example.com. You must submit your bio by deadline Sunday 26th May. Do not miss this deadline.
As soon as possible, email a high-resolution professional photo of yourself by email to Adam Minkley at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be displayed on our website and brochure seen by thousands of people. Make the right impression!
A conference laptop will be used for all presentations. Your presentation will be saved on the laptop, provided you gave it to us in advance. It is always advised to bring a back-up copy of your presentation on a USB flash drive in case of any technical difficulties loading your slides on the screen. The laptop will be situated at the back of the room, and you will have a wireless clicker from which to advance your presentation slides. You will also have a small screen on, or next to the podium, which will mirror the slides on screen, for your comfort.
You have the choice of either – if you would like a lapel microphone then please let us know in advance so we can do our best to accommodate you.
Absolutely! Please let us know in advance exactly what you need and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.
We provide vegetarian options as standard, if you have any other requirements please let the conference director know at least 1 weeks before the event and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.
The moderator is responsible for coordinating the panel discussion in advance of the conference and on the day. This involves collating pre-determined questions you’re your panelists and putting them together into one document, which you will have in front of you during the panel. It is crucially important that you stick top the pre-determined questions the panelists have submitted so that they can answer with interesting and factual answers. Please DO make time for ad-hoc and provocative questions for a lively debate. Once all of the pre-determined questions have been
The conference director will introduce you to your panel moderator via email 4 weeks prior to the conference so that you can prepare for your role during the panel. It is advised that the moderator organizes a conference call with all panelists to discuss details of the panel.
You do not need to present any slides unless agreed with your moderator and the conference director Adam Minkley. If agreed, save your presentation in 16:9 size format online here by deadline Sunday 26th May and bring a copy with you on a USB flash drive.