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Two new webinars focused on virtual to virtual presentations will be offered in the upcoming weeks.

  • May 15, 1pm ET – Discovery session presenters
  • May 19, 1pm ET – All other session type presenters 

Google calendar invitations will be sent to all presenters. Please make plans to join the OLC Conference and Presenter Services teams for an overview of best practices and logistics for our virtual-to-virtual presentation formats. 


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. 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 your submission or to give your presentation at OLC Innovate, 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 (coming in March) 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 Innovate 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

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 Innovate 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!


May 15, 2020 – 1:00pm ET

Virtual Conference Discovery Sessions


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Presenter: OLC Conference Team and OLC Innovate Presenter Services

Overview: For the OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference, Discovery sessions will be held asynchronously in conjunction with VoiceThread. We encourage all Discovery session presenters to join this webinar to learn how these sessions will take place as part of the all virtual conference this year. 


May 19, 2020 – 1:00pm ET

Virtual Conference All Session Types (excluding Discovery Sessions)



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Presenter: Angela Gibson, OLC Conference Team and OLC Innovate Presenter Services

Overview: We encourage all presenters from all session types (excluding Discovery sessions) to join this webinar to learn how to prepare presentations that will take place as part of the all virtual OLC Innovate conference this year.  Join the us for an overview of best practices and logistics for our virtual presentation formats. 

February 5, 2020 – 3:30pm ET


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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…

  • 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


Wednesday, February 12 – 1:00pm 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 2020, 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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Friday, February 14, 2020 – 11:00am ET

Innovation Studio Design Thinking Challenges

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Overview: Innovation Studio Design Thinking Challenge sessions are designed to explore a specific challenge, pedagogical strategy, technological tool, research method, industry innovation, or leadership approach. Expect attendees to be actively involved. In this 30-minute webinar, we’ll explore best practices for designing and facilitating an engaging, educational Innovation Studio Design Thinking Challenge presentations. Learn tips and techniques for maximizing the value and impact of this hands-on learning experience.

You will learn how to…

  • Host a Design Thinking Challenge style presentation
  • Develop a presentation that allows attendees to learn new information and immediately apply it
  • Foster interactions that encourage reflection, application and practice
  • Promote application of a new skill by highlighting the relevance, need, and value


February 20, 2020 – 2:30pm ET

Conversations, Not Presentations &
Career Forum Roundtables

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Presenters: and

Overview: This session is a combination of two session types with similar formats. Conversations, Not Presentations provide an interactive opportunity to share information and explore topics from a variety of perspectives. Career Forum Roundtables provide an opportunity to explore a specific career issue, challenge or opportunity. Ideally, your career forum will be conversational yet informative; the goal is to engage the audience in meaningful dialogue to foster shared insights. Maximizing the value and impact of a dynamic conversation requires careful planning and strategic facilitation. In this 30-minute webinar, we will provide tips and strategies for designing and facilitating informative and engaging presentations that leave attendees with meaningful insights and/or solutions to shared challenges.

You will learn…

  • How to structure an interactive presentation and discussion that stays on topic while allowing spontaneous insights to emerge
  • Best practices for the use of presentation slides (if any) in your discussion
  • Strategies to facilitate a robust discussion and engage the audience in a meaningful dialogue in a way that encourages all attendees to interact, explore, and share ideas
  • Tips for anticipating and preparing for the unexpected



February 27, 2020 – 1:00pm ET

Present & Reflect Sessions & 
Streaming Sessions



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Overview:  Present and Reflect sessions are traditional 30-minute presentation in which you share information related to one of the conference proposal tracks, followed by 5 minutes for quiet individual reflection, and then ending with a 10-minute Q&A and group discussion. In this 1-hour webinar, we will spend the first half overviewing techniques to design/deliver effective and stimulating presentations with an awareness of the value of personal reflection; the second half will focus on special considerations for delivering streamed presentations and engaging the remote conference audience.

You will learn how to…

  • Design and deliver an effective presentation
  • Design slideshows that get attention and support learning
  • Engage the audience and foster interaction
  • Utilize technology to enhance your presentation
  • Incorporate reflection for meaningful individual application of presentation topic
  • Present simultaneously to a face-to-face and virtual audience



Can’t make the live webinars?

Not to worry, we will post the recordings afterward.


Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
3:00pm – 4:00pm 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 Innovate. 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 OLC Innovate, 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?

Coaching sessions will take place in late February and early March 2020.


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.