Speaker Resources

The conference is 3 days of workshops, so time management is critical to keeping things on track. To that end, please work closely with the Alliance staff person who is coordinating your workshop and your co-presenters to establish and agree upon presentation lengths and formats. Most workshop presentations will range from 15-20 minutes.

A solid benchmark for most presenters is one slide for every three minutes of presentation. The best thing to do is time yourself in advance!

How and When to Submit Your Presentations

Presentations must be received by Wednesday, February 9 to be uploaded to the hosting site prior to the conference.

  • Submit your presentation with this form. Please follow the guidelines below:
  • Presentations should be in PowerPoint form and using 16:9 format. Handouts should be in PDF form.
  • Presentation File Name Format: LastNameFirstName_TitleOfPresentation
    • Example: SchmoJoe_LifeAsAHypotheticalPerson.ppt
  • Submit your presentation in both PowerPoint and PDF format.

Looking for more tips on how to deliver a great presentation? Check out these resources:


Moderators guide the discussion within the allotted time, making sure both panelists and audience members stay on track.

For tips on how to effectively moderate a session at the National Conference on Ending Unsheltered Homelessness: Strategies & Policies that Works, download our Moderator Guide. The guide explains 10 ways to keep your session on track:

  1. Know your job!
  2. Prepare the physical environment in advance.
  3. Know your timing and keep to it!
  4. Don’t read panelist bios.
  5. Beware of stories.
  6. Don’t offer your own opinions.
  7. Come back to the juicy bits.
  8. Summarize
  9. Call on people.
  10. Wrap up by thanking panelists.

Read the full guide.

For additional insight, see Scott Kirsner’s (Innovation Economy Columnist for the Boston Globe) How To Moderate a Panel Like a Pro.