Thank you for graciously agreeing to share your knowledge and expertise with our network at the NASCSP 2022 Winter Training Conference. We are delighted to have you join us virtually for this event.
To make your experience as a conference presenter as seamless as possible, we want to ensure you communicate with the most appropriate NASCSP staff to address any concerns that may arise between now and the conference. Any questions/concerns you have regarding the content of your actual presentation should be addressed directly to Hugh Poole (CSBG) or Andrea Schroer (WAP). Any questions around conference technology or logistics, should be directly addressed to Raymond Thomas. Staff will get you the answers you need in a timely fashion.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
In order to provide our attendees with an enjoyable virtual experience, we want to ensure that you are aware of deadlines as it relates to your presentation. Past conference evaluations indicate that attendees experience information overload during the conference and would benefit more by having presentations to review in advance.
- POWERPOINTS/RECORDINGS – It is essential that all PowerPoints (for live sessions) and/or mp4 files (for recorded sessions) are submitted no later than Friday, February 11, 2022, to ensure a smooth virtual operation and allow attendees time to download and review presentations in advance of the session. Please use the attached PowerPoint template for your presentation.
- Please complete the Presenter Intake Form so that we have your most current information to display in our virtual platform.
THE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
Because this is a virtual conference, we want to take every precaution to ensure that you, as a presenter, are comfortable with the technology and any associated logistics around our virtual experience. All presenters will access their sessions using Zoom. To that end, during the week of February 21, 2022, we will be available to schedule time for us to do a dry run of the technology for your session so that you are fully aware of the process and how it will work. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please take advantage of this opportunity by scheduling your Zoom tutorial session via the Presenter Information link used to submit your contact information. For the dry run, it is imperative that you use the same technical set up (computer and internet connection) that you will use for your actual presentation.
TIPS FOR VIRTUAL PRESENTING
Due to COVID-19, virtual meetings and presentations are now the new norm. As a presenter, many of the in-person presentation skills and best practices that you are used to still apply to virtual presentations. However, there are a few additional tips we’d like to share with you, as a virtual presenter, that will help you adjust your approach to match the medium and ensure a more engaging conference experience for our attendees. With in-person presentations, you have a captive audience — you still need to be engaging, but your audience is kind of stuck with you for the duration. But with virtual presentations, your audience has a greater opportunity to stray. You now must compete for their eyes, ears, hearts, and minds against diminished attention spans, increased home and work-life distractions, and conflicting priorities. To assist with your presentation, view our tips for virtual presenting.