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BUILDEX Edmonton’s Conference Program includes a dynamic mix of speakers, panel discussions and presentations. Below are tips that speakers, moderators and presenters may find useful in preparing for the Conference.
The following few speaker tips have been created as a reference to help you feel comfortable with public speaking and to assist you in preparing for and delivering an effective and engaging presentation.
Should you choose to distribute handouts and should you require assistance in distributing this material, advise the conference organizer or coordinator in advance of the Conference.
The role of the panel moderator is important to the success of the panel presentation.
The following moderator tips have been created as a reference to help you feel comfortable with public speaking and leading a panel, and to assist you in preparing for an effective and engaging panel presentation.
Ensure that the panel is organized and well-prepared in advance of the conference. We will assist you in this regard by arranging a conference call that will enable you and your co-panelists co-ordinate and discuss the panel session. As an alternative to a conference call, we can provide a speakers list containing the information to enable you to contact your co-panelists directly.
Details of your topic for discussion can be found in the Planning Guide or under the Education menu.
There are two different ways to organize a panel; one is more presentation-oriented, the other more discussion-focused. The conference organizer may inform you in advance of which panel format we wish you to take.
With a presentation-oriented panel each panelist is given about 10-15 minutes for their own individual presentation, followed by a discussion amongst the panelists led by the moderator, and, finally, questions from the audience.
Alternatively, in a discussion-focused panel, the moderator would lead off the discussion by putting questions directly to each of the panelists. In this case, the questions would be pre-determined and provided to the panelists in advance so they have the opportunity to think about the questions and their answers.
It is essential for panelists to be aware of exactly how much time each has to present. It is challenging to squeeze a full presentation into 10 minutes, so as Moderator you need to choose carefully the points you want the panelists to cover and communicate this with them.
On the day of the conference, you will act as the time guardian, ensuring that all panelists have an equal amount of time to speak.
When each panelist finishes his/her presentation, you should initiate applause.
When embedding videos into your presentation, please ensure you are not relying on wifi or internet to run your video. Seminar rooms are not equipped with internet or wifi capabilities.
A remote control will be supplied to you onsite by an audio visual technician. This will enable you to change slides according to your needs. If you wish to do a dry run of your PowerPoint presentation onsite, please ensure to meet your room technician and keep in mind that there may be other sessions prior to or after your session.
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