Frequently asked questions for speakers

Quick Date Checklist

  • September 4   Your Talk Summary Due

  • September 14   Your Self-recorded Talk Due

  • October 13   Access for All begins at 8:00 am EDT

  • October 15   Access for All last day of broadcast

  • October 31 Chatroom conversations close

  • April 30, 2021 Recorded talks no longer available

Important Contact Details

If you need technical assistance prior to the recording of your talk, please email us at 

Recommended equipment for recording my talk

  • A computer (no more than 10 years old) running Windows 10, or MacOS 10.13.6+.
  • If using slides, the most recent updated version of Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows, typically as a part of a Microsoft 365 subscription. Alternatively, it is possible to record audio-only using the most recent version of Microsoft Powerpoint for Mac OS.
  • An HD USB webcam such as the Logitech C920. Built-in webcams can work too.
  • A headset/mic combo (such as an old iPhone headset, or headphones with a separate microphone. Alternately, a built in microphone on a laptop will often work in a low-noise environment.

What is the format for my talk summary?

  • Title of your presentation
  • Presenter name(s)
  • Description of your presentation and how it is related to theme (50-85 words)
  • What participants will learn from your presentation (25- 55 words)
  • Two useful resources for your participants

Where can I watch the speaker webinar recorded on 25 August?

Go to this link. Enter the password: plainlanguage. At the bottom of the screen you can view the questions that were asked during the webinar, and by selecting “View Answer” the recording will be positioned where that question is answered.

How long should my talk be?

One presenter - approximately 20 minutes Two presenters - approximately 30 minutes Three presenters - approximately 40 minutes

How do I register for the conference?

1. Head to or .org . 2. Click on the Registration tab at the top → click on Register now. 3. Scroll down to Speakers and Volunteers under the Tickets heading. Enter ‘1’ as the number of tickets required and click Checkout. 4. Fill in the Buyer Details on the screen. 5. Check your information and enter Place Order. 6. You’ll receive an email with your ticket to the conference.

Where can I find the PowerPoint template for my talk’s story?

Email for all PowerPoint materials.

What is the format for my bio?

  • Your name
  • One sentence aspiration or quote
  • One paragraph of about 50 words of what you have been working on or your accomplishments
  • One paragraph of about 50 words of your professional activities and your leisure activities and your professional credential(s)
  • Any methods of contact you would like to share with conference attendees including social media.
  • Please attach a professional-looking headshot (PNG or JPG files only) to your reply email. Please make sure it is at least 150 x 150 pixels and 300 dpi.