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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.
  • Coaching that is customized to address your individual needs as a presenter; we’re here to assist you whether you are a first-time conference presenter or a veteran, and can assist both with recommendations regarding conference format as well as content, audience, and many other factors. You can participate in either (or both!) of our two coaching options: Pre-conference and Presentation Day 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 your submission or 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.

We ask all presenters to please include the evaluation slide (coming) 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. More will be added as the conference nears. 

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 conference pptx 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

Video tutorial – How to upload your presentation materials to your session page

Presenter Guides:

If you’re looking for a quick reference on ways to enhance your OLC Accelerate proposal or 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.

Session Type Guides:

Presentation Strategy Guides

Call for Proposal Guides: 

  • Effective Abstracts & Proposals
  • 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!


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – 1:00pm ET

The Basics of Preparing for Session Engagement at OLC



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Tawnya Means, OLC Accelerate Presenter Services Co-Chair

OLC Conference Staff


We encourage all presenters from all session types (excluding Discovery and Exposition Foundry sessions) to join this webinar to learn how to prepare presentations that are part of OLC Accelerate conference program this year.  Join us for an overview of best practices, engagement strategies, and logistical details about your presentation. Note:  Discovery and Exposition Foundry presenters will have their own webinar on 10/19.  If you are presenting in multiple formats, we recommend you attend both webinars.

While we find live attendance for this webinar is extremely helpful to presenters so that your questions can be answered, this session will be recorded as well.  We will email the recording link to all presenters post-webinar.

Monday, October 19 – 1:00pm ET

Discovery & Exposition Foundry Sessions – Introduction to VoiceThread

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Sherri Restauri, OLC Accelerate Presenter Services Co-Chair

OLC Conference Staff


Discovery sessions (conference presenters) and Exposition Foundry sessions (sponsor presenters) will be held asynchronously in conjunction with VoiceThread. We encourage all Discovery & Exposition Foundry session presenters to join this webinar to learn how these conversational sessions will take place as part of the OLC Accelerate virtual conference. Please join us for best practices, tips and tricks to help you develop your asynchronous Discovery or Exposition Foundry Session presentation. We will also cover uploading your presentation materials into VoiceThread and other logistical details about your presentation. 

Due to the nature of these sessions and the need to properly record and upload your materials into VoiceThread, all Discovery and Exposition Foundry session presenters are highly encouraged to attend this webinar.  However, should your schedule not allow you to join us live, the session will be recorded.  We will email the recording link to all Discovery and Exposition Foundry presenters post-webinar.

Short Video Tutorial:


Can’t make the live webinars?

Session type specific webinar dates will be added soon. Not to worry, we will post the recordings afterward.



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.

Presentation Day Coaching

Onsite Conference Presentation Coaching

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


Ready to take your presentation skills to the next level?

Pre-conference coaching sessions will take place in October and early November 2020. Coaching requests will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis starting in August. 


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.


Coach listing will continue to be updated. 


OLC Accelerate 2020 Presenter Services Co-Chair


OLC Accelerate 2020 Presenter Services Co-Chair