Speaker Resources

The 2017 STMA Conference and Exhibition will take place January 24-27 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Important Deadlines:

September 30: AV requests must be submitted.
November 30: Flight reservations must be completed.
January 20: Conference presentation materials must be submitted.

Airline Reservations:
Please contact STMA's travel agency, WorldTek, at 800-233-5989 for assistance.

Ground Transportation:
Disney's Magical Express will provide free transportation from the Orlando International Airport.  Make your reservation here, or call 407-827-6777.

Hotel Reservation:
If it was indicated in your speaker agreement, STMA will make your entire hotel reservation.  The host hotel is:
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center
Lake Buena Vista, Florida


Non-Commercial Policy
Speakers will not be allowed under any circumstances to promote any product, company, or service within the presentation or handouts. It is both STMA's and the speaker's responsibility to present unbiased, honest information to attendees. STMA will NOT tolerate the following:
- Use of company or university logos. For example, company and university logos cannot appear on your slides.
- Use of brand or trade names. For example, when discussing pesticides, only the common name should be mentioned.
- Biased research results or data that positively reflect your company, product, or service and all competitors negatively. If your presentation requires inclusion of a product, company, or service, comprehensive data should be presented. For example, when discussing effectiveness of pesticides, the results of various pesticides should be presented instead of promoting the positive effects of one.
- Product, company, or service promotion. Individual promotion of products, companies, or services will not be allowed. The education session "New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf" has been specifically designated for promotion of company products and services. If you are not presenting during this presentation, please comply with STMA's policy.
STMA will be monitoring presentations to ensure compliance. If you have any questions on what can and cannot be included in your presentation, please contact Kristen Althouse, kalthouse@stma.org.

Pictures Needed!
Please send a picture of yourself for STMA to use for electronic marketing of your presentation.

Resources:
Interested in improving your presentation skills?  Try PresentR for tools and techniques to be successful as a speaker.  The program features detailed analytics, on-screen coaching, and video playback.

If you are presenting your topic using PowerPoint, please be advised that text only slides should make up no more than 25% of your presentation. It is important that you stay within the time allotted for your presentation. You can estimate to spend 1-3 minutes on each slide. A one hour presentation should contain 20-40 slides. Please refer to PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines for additional assitance in building an engaging presentation.


For any questions or concerns, please contact Kristen Althouse, STMA Education Manager:
Email: kalthouse@stma.org
Phone: 785-542-9243

 

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