Delivering Concurrent Sessions

We’ve compiled this collection of suggestions to help you design and present an effective and engaging concurrent session.

  • Plan your presentation to fit into the appropriate time slot and practice to check the timing. Remember active learning often takes longer than you expect them to!
  • Arrive early to survey the room, check the equipment, and get your materials in order.
  • Begin on time. Think about creative approaches to grab your audience’s attention, like a question or a quote.
  • Audience involvement is vital to a successful presentation. Throughout the presentation, challenge and engage your audience members. Include at least one activity. Be honest and respectful with your group and have fun. They will appreciate the opportunity to share with others and participate.  
  • If you are worried about keeping the discussion focused in the short time frame available, use a page on the flipchart to write down comments or questions that aren’t part of your talk. If time permits, you can come back to them. Follow up unanswered questions by email.
  • Focus your PowerPoint slides on major points. Avoid reading slides aloud to participants – your back will be to your audience, which leaves them out of the conversation. Think of PowerPoint as a visual, not as your co-presenter. As this is a conference reconsidering tradition – is the tradition of PowerPoint one you wish to sustain?
  • Plan for 20-30 participants.
  • Leave a few minutes at the end of your session for questions.
  • End on time so that presenters after you also get full time in their sessions. Your audience will also appreciate this courtesy, as they want to get to their next sessions. Note: You can ask the volunteer assigned to your room to help you to keep track of time.

A full list of resources available in the presentation room will be posted closer to the conference.