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Did you know that public speaking consistently ranks as one of the top fear-inducing activities people can experience? With OLC’s Presenter Services, you will be able to stand confidently in front of your audience and deliver an engaging presentation. There are a variety of resources available to meet your needs regardless of experience or skills level. Choose the option that works best for you: Presenter Guides, Webinars, or Coaching.

Downloadable Guides offer important tips for delivering a polished and professional session. Webinars allow you to participate in a 30-minute ‘master’ course, as you learn from expert presenters. Lastly, you can receive coaching that is customized to address your individual needs as a presenter. You can participate in either (or both!) of our two coaching options: Pre-conference or Onsite coaching.  

Regardless if you choose to engage in one or all three of these options, you will have the opportunity to learn helpful tips to enhance your presentation skills.  Being able to speak confidently in front of an audience will not only enhance your conference experience, it can help you grow your career. More information about each resource is provided below.  We look forward to working with you!

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Presenter Resources

As you prepare to give your presentation at OLC Accelerate, you may consider using these resources. The slide template provides you with a user friendly and accessible slide format that can be used as a template for your presentation. We encourage all of our presenters to use this as a starting point if you like. Presenters are always also welcome to use your own style of Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides or alternate slide design or presentation option desired, as well.

Regardless of which format you choose for your slides, please include the evaluation slide at the end of your slide deck. OLC uses evaluations from session presentations to determine many variables in our conferences, including special invitations to selected speakers. Attendees of your session who fill out the survey are also eligible for a prize, which will be discussed in keynote/opening sessions with attendees.

Use the links below to access/download these resources.
Presenter FAQ

We encourage you to develop your own “personal brand” by using your own/your institution’s slide template, but in the event you would like to use a conference-provided template, you are welcome to use the OLC Accelerate 2019 conference template below. 
OLC Slide Template     

Please do use the Session Evaluation Reminder Slide at the start and end of your presentation to remind attendees to submit feedback on your presentation. 
Session Evaluation Reminder Slide

Presenter Guides:

If you’re looking for a quick reference on ways to enhance your OLC Accelerate session, consider taking a look at our Presenter Guides. These online resources serve as a quick refresher on the best ‘advice’ or ‘tips’ our coaches have to offer.


Discovery Session  |  Education Session  |  Gamified Session  |  Workshop 

Engagement Strategies  |  IDEA Considerations  |  Onsite Presenter Checklist  |  Slide Design   | Streaming Presentations

Effective Proposals  |  Abstracts 

  • Proposal Planning Template (View-only google doc) Please make a copy of this google doc template for your own use in planning your proposal submission. Once you have your information gathered, it is easy to copy and paste into the fields in the OLC Conference Management System. 
  • Proposal Planning Example (View-only google doc) This is an example of how you can use the planning template to help you plan your proposal submission.



These virtual sessions provide you with detailed guidance on strategies and techniques that can help you craft a successful presentation. By attending the live offering of the webinars, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share any insights or lessons learned from your own experiences. Be sure to mark these on your calendar so you don’t miss them.


September 12, 2019 – 2:00pm ET

Express Workshops and Workshops

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Overview: Delivering an engaged, interactive, and effective workshop is often viewed as an intimidating venture undertaken by only the bravest souls. In reality workshop design, development and delivery can offer an exhilarating opportunity to partner with other skilled experts as well as to learn from a room full of experienced and eager participants. The resulting program is the outcome of careful and thoughtful planning as well as skilled facilitation during delivery. In this session we’ll explore the strategies that can be used to create a stimulating learning experience for both the participants as well as the presenter!

You will learn how to…

  • Generate and position a workshop topic of interest and addressing audience needs
  • Identify an expert workshop co-presenter/partner
  • Design an engaged/interactive program that serves the program objectives
  • Set participant expectations and achieve positive program results
  • Manage the clock
  • Generate valued workshop artifacts that provided added value to participants and presenters
  • Conduct formative evaluation (and make adjustments) and use summative evaluation feedback


Date: October 3, 2019 – 2:00pm ET

Education Sessions


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Overview:  Education Sessions are often the most popular session format for conference presentations. While the general format has stayed the same, many of the practices around this style have evolved to enhance engagement, create clearer messages and provide an overall smoother delivery. In this 30 minute webinar, we’ll discuss some of the most effective strategies and techniques for high-quality presentations.

You will learn how to…

  • Deliver a presentation with confidence and enthusiasm
  • Craft a presentation with a clear and easy to follow design
  • Implement up-to-date methods for creating slide decks that reinforce your message
  • Design session activities to seamlessly engage both in-person and virtual audiences
  • Conduct a session that meets the needs of all attendees


Date: October 17, 2019 – 2:00pm ET

Gamified Sessions

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Overview:  Gamified sessions engage both the presenters and the attendees in a fun and unique OLC conference experience. Just like every game has a plan, design, and implementation phase, so should your presentation. In the 45 minutes we will spend together, we will have the opportunity to explore the design process, the driving questions and considerations for game design, and considerations for the many different audience members you will meet on your presentation day. Come with your bag packed to join your fellow adventurers on a quest for clarity, inspiration, and fun!

You will learn…

  • What questions you should be considering as you design
  • How to structure your game and presentation for maximum impact
  • How to scale your game for all audience sizes and attendance types
  • How to jump into your design, no matter where you are in the process


October 24, 2019 – 2:00pm ET

Discovery Sessions

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Overview: Discovery sessions are brief mini-presentations centered around an electronic platform (i.e., your laptop) with the goal of promoting your ideas and eliciting suggestions and discussion from attendees. These fast-paced, digital presentation sessions are one of the most energizing presentation options for exploring your topic. In this 30-minute webinar, we will discuss proven strategies for maximizing engagement and the impact of your Discovery Session presentation.

You will learn…

  • Dynamic methods for encouraging visitors to stop at your session
  • Best practices for chunking information in a brief, meaningful fashion
  • The power of multiple interactions with a diverse group
  • Strategies for managing a dynamic, interactive, mobile audience
  • Tips on how to display your content for maximum impact

For 2019, a special thank you to gold sponsor MindEdge, who will be providing LCD monitors at each Discovery Session station. Please be sure to bring an adaptor if needed so you can connect to the monitor. 

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Can’t make the live webinars?

Not to worry, check out the recordings.


Date: April 25 – 3:00pm ET

Create a Winning Proposal

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Want to know the secret to getting your proposal accepted to the conference? Join us for an inside look at the process used by the conference committee to select proposals for Accelerate. In this webinar, you will learn exactly what the expectations are for proposals, the criteria used by the committee to score proposals, and how to ensure your presentation receives a high rating by conference attendees. We’ll also discuss potential awards you are eligible for if your proposal receives the highest score in its track. If you are looking to enhance the quality of your conference proposal for Accelerate, this webinar will provide you with everything you need.



One of the best ways to improve upon a skill is to work with a coach who can offer feedback and guidance that is tailored specifically to your needs. OLC now offers this as a free service to all conference presenters. However, there are a limited number of coaching sessions being offered this year. Signing up early is highly recommended.


Pre-conference Coaching

1-On-1 Conference Presentation Coaching

Connect with a coach to explore strategies for engaging your audience, enhancing your slides, practice presenting, and more.

Onsite Coaching

Onsite Conference Presentation Coaching

Have a coach attend your live presentation at the conference and receive custom feedback.


Ready to take your presentation skills to the next level?

Deadline to request coaching services is September 25, 2019.
Coaching sessions will take place in October 2019.


Request a Coaching Session


Working with a coach can be the difference between a good presentation and a great one. All of our coaches have a proven history of giving presentations that consistently earn high ratings for all of the main components of successful sessions – engagement, slide design, and delivery.