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Hi, I'm Tom... and I would like to THANK YOU!

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Thank you so much for your participation in the Educational Programming of Euro Attractions Show 2018 in Amsterdam. On behalf of everybody at IAAPA, the IAAPA EMEA Education Subcommittee and myself, I wish you every success!

As Education Manager at IAAPA EMEA, I will be supporting you and your session moderator or host in the upcoming months to help you giving the best presentation possible at EAS 2018. If you would have any questions before, during or even after the show, I will always try to help you to the best of my ability.

To give you a head start we have developed this page with answers to your questions, guidelines on practical issues and some useful advice to improve your presentation.

I would like to invite you to read this page thoroughly and revisit this page closer to Euro Attractions Show, since you will always find the latest information for speakers here. 

Wishing you all the best and really looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Tom Vandenbroucke
tvandenbroucke@iaapa.org
+32 483 28 96 60

Registration

IAAPA EMEA will pre-register all speakers for Euro Attractions Show 2018.

All speakers receive a free Silver Package, containing:

If you are speaking in an In-Depth Learning Experience, you will of course receive a personal ticket for that session too.

Practical
You will receive a confirmation email with a barcode. Please scan this barcode at the registration desks at RAI Amsterdam to receive your EAS Badge. Please note that your Opening Reception ticket will not be printed - this will be waiting for you in the speaker room. 

What if I would like to attend more events?
If you would like to attend more events (at own expense), you can simply add those by clicking on the link to expand your package in the confirmation email.

Speaker Room

We have created a Speaker Room for your convenience at the first floor of the Conference Room Center. (We will add a floorplan here later, so you can find the room easily).

You can always come to this room to relax, prepare for your presentation, have a snack or a drink... or use it to have some last minute discussions with your fellow speakers.

In case you want to rehearse your presentation, or quickly look something up, wifi and a computer will be available as well. (Please note that it will not be possible to make last-minute changes here to your Powerpoint presentation, since those will already be transferred to the technical staff.)

Check-in

Please come to the speaker room the latest 1 hour prior to your session to check in, receive your speaker ribbon and your ticket to the opening reception. If you have any final questions, you'll always be able to ask them here. 

Be on time for your presentation

We advise all speakers to be present at the Conference Room or IAAPA Theater at least 15 minutes prior to the seminar. This gives you enough time to sound-check, setup the presentation and feel the stage. 



Powerpoint Presentations

To maintain a consistent look-and-feel during Euro Attractions Show, please use the EAS conference PowerPoint template.


» Download the EAS 2018 PowerPoint Template «

The presentation should be sent to your session host/moderator as a *.ppt, *.pptx or *.pdf file by the deadline you have agreed with her/him. If your presentation includes video's, please make sure to send those separately too. 


And don’t forget: Bring a copy of the presentation on a USB to the seminar with you! 
​(You never know what happens...) 



Some Helpful Tips When Using Powerpoint

Welcome Slide:

The first slide of a presentation is often referred to as the opening slide/welcome slide.

To present a good introduction, please list the following subjects:
- Session title
- Speaker name, title and company
- Date

Backgrounds and font sizes

It is important that slides are made with the template provided in order to keep 16:9 size required to fit on the screen. Therefore use the same background on each page. If you choose to use a colored background in a slide, it is important that the background and the chosen font color are contrasting colors so they work complimentary (i.e. black/white).  

We recommend using the following standards for the text of the presentation so it is readable for the entire audience.
- Title size: 40 point
- Subtitle or bullet point size: 28 point
- Content text should be no smaller than 24 point   

Additional remarks:

Do not use all capital letters; It makes the text hard to read
Do not use s acronyms (such as NASA, IAAPA)

Graphics, charts and Illustrations

Avoid using graphics that are difficult to read such as complex and detailed graphics.
Also, avoid graphs and charts that contain too much information in an unreadable format such as a detailed year planning.

Bullet Points

- Avoid ‘all word slides’; do not type out the whole presentation on to the slides. Instead use bullet points, but keep in mind:
- Limit the number of bullet points in a screen to 6
- Keep bullet points brief

Slide Animations and Transitions

- Use slide animations and transitions very sparingly. If used too often, audiences will only see the animation and not the message you’re trying to get across.
- Use the same animation type throughout the entire presentation. Using more than one animation type can be very distracting for the audience.

General Do's and Don'ts

Do's:


- Smile!
- Relax and have fun … the audience will feel it.
- Be energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate.
- Use appropriate humor or other ways to engage the audience.
- Know your topic so you don’t need to read it.
- Move around; don't limit or "trap" yourself behind a laptop or podium.
- Shake things up … keep the audience interested.
- Use an interactive format, and involve the audience. Don’t wait until the end to engage them.
- Provide variety.
- Try to add stories, anecdotes, testimonials, or demonstrations that emphasize your point.
- Repeat questions asked by the audience so everyone can hear.
- Stay on track and within allotted time.
- Summarize your key points to wrap up your presentation.
- Provide tools and information the audience can implement.
- Remember that audience is very interested in what you have to say. They want you to do well!

Don'ts:


- Read your presentation or read directly from slides.
- Use big words or acronyms that audience may not know.
- Look over your shoulder at the screen, or worse, stand and talk to the screen instead of to the audience!
- Use slides that are text heavy – if you have that much information to share, post it on the attendee   website!
- Engage in side conversations with other presenters or panelists during the session.
- Answer without repeating the question first. Many people can’t hear the question, so unless you repeat it, the answer will make little sense.
- Use conversation fillers like "um,” "you know," and "like.”
- Speak too quickly.

You, the Presenter:


The audience came to see you and are eager to hear your story. Do not use the presentation and media to hide yourself. The media should enhance the presentation, not be the presentation.




Conference Room Set-up

The conference rooms will be equipped with the following AV to support your presentation, according to the configuration of the room and needs.

- Lectern
- Laptop
- Tabletop microphones
- Hand-microphone
- Stage with chairs, lounge style, with coffee tables
- WIFI is not guaranteed in the Conference Rooms, so make sure to download any video's in advance.

Policy reminder - Education is a No-Sales Zone!

We've all had a few experiences in the past when people pushed themselves or their services too hard. So, we have established a clear line of a "No-Sales Zone" at our meetings. No matter what your product or service, attendees do not feel comfortable when they think you want them to buy something. Be careful not to let any sales talk creep into your presentation—if you do, attendees will turn off and tune out. The balance between developing a relationship and selling is a little tricky, so here are some suggestions to help you on your way.

No back (or front) of room selling. We have an online bookstore for selling books. Let our bookstore work for you while you develop relationships in the classroom. 

Developing credibility during your presentation is good, but it can wear thin quickly. Name-dropping is particularly offensive if it goes on too long or is spread on too thickly. Personal anecdotes can illustrate a point and make you seem warm and interesting, but use them sparingly—listen more than you talk.

Be an attentive listener to attendees’ situations and offer to help think through a situation or problem. Help them connect with others who have similar problems. Be an inviting resource, but don’t push. If you wish to continue contact after the conference, you are allowed to have attendees voluntarily sign up for e-mails. You must make it clear :  it is only if they are interested in receiving more information from you and/or your facility.