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2020 Annual Conference - Springfield, Illinois

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Everyone can be an outstanding presenter!

Understanding why you should present and how to be effective as a presenter are obviously important elements as you consider presenting. In this section, we will add resources that will help to enhance your knowledge and skills as a presenter.

The Life of a program

It all begins with an idea... but then what? Review the 2016 program timeline from Trends Magazine here. Please consider this as a helpful resource for 2017 as well.

Program Proposal Evaluation Rubric

Knowing the criteria that the reviewers will be using to evaluate each proposal can be helpful in ensuring you are submitting a solid, well-constructed proposal.

Click here to download the Program Proposal Evaluation Rubric. 

Article: Preparing Conference Presentations

Article by David Butler, Project Director, ACUHO-I/EBI Benchmarking Services

In his article, he discusses:

  1. The importance of presenting,
  2. Things to consider in putting together your proposal,
  3. What to do if your proposal gets accepted, and
  4. The day of the presentation.

Click for article:





Webinar: Preparing Your Proposal and PResentation For Success (2015)


Previous Years' Resources

If you are looking for some additional inspiration, these resources from 2014 may be helpful.


Former past president Lisa Ortiz developed a resource for potential presenters. It covers a great wealth of information, from the starting phases of developing a proposal to the actual presentation itself! Check it out here!


GLACUHO believes it is within our responsibilities to promote sustainable practices and methods. The Programming and Development Committee encourages all presenters to creatively utilize their resources when preparing presentation materials. We offer the following tips for creating environmentally friendly presentation materials:

Consider leaving the handouts at home! Electronic materials may be easily uploaded to the GLACUHO website starting at the conference. We will have a page linked directly from the conference information page where these resources can be viewed and submitted. More information will be announced as we get closer to the conference.

If you would like to distribute handouts, we recommend the following:

  • Bring a maximum of 30 copies.
  • List websites and primary sources rather than printing material from a site.
  • Distribute article abstracts and citations rather than entire articles unless the articles are for immediate discussion.
  • If printing PowerPoint slides, include multiple slides per page.

Engaging the Audience

The GLACUHO conference brings together many incredible professionals from our region, and your presentation is an opportunity for them to get to know you AND for you to get to know them. Break up the monotony of a slideshow or on-screen presentation and a lecture by involving the audience in the presentation. Consider using one or more of the following strategies:

  • Before your presentation begins, walk around the room and introduce yourself to audience members. Not only is this a networking opportunity, it can help audience members feel more involved and invested.
  • Direct audience members to discuss issues in small groups or with the people around them.
  • Encourage audience members to offer additional thoughts/ideas/experiences/expertise with the rest of the group.
  • Ask questions of the audience- give prizes/candy/recognition for those who participate!
  • Ask audience members if they have questions throughout the presentation-you don’t have to wait until the end!

Last-Minute Presentation Tips

The Annual Conference offers multiple opportunities for professional growth. For some, the most exciting and challenging could be presenting. Consider the following tips when stepping up to the front of the room:

  • Remember your target audience. Who are they and what do they need to know?
  • Stay true to your abstract and learning objectives. As you prepare, review your abstract often to make sure you are providing the material you promised. If you feel your presentation shifting towards new objectives, contact your program liaison to update your abstract.
  • Being nervous is normal. Some anxiety could make you a better presenter, but just in case, write down speaking points in case you become frazzled.
  • Practice and rehearse. Knowing the material and flow of the presentation will allow you to make eye contact with the audience and engage their interest.
  • Consider learning styles. While you can’t meet the needs of every person, be certain that your presentation appeals to different learning styles, such as visual, audio, or experiential learners.
  • Make it applicable. Provide your audience with material that allows them to return to their individual campuses and apply the knowledge they learned from you.
  • Engage the audience. Try to allow for your audience to participate or engage in the presentation. This will help them to better connect with the material.