Interested in speaking with ACA? Well, you are at the right place! Welcome to your speaker hub. We want our speakers to be successful, so we created this site to give you all the information possible for you to not only submit the best proposals but be able to thrive during our events.
Below you will find a guide that will help you create the best session proposal. You can also find our upcoming events, deadlines, and handouts.If you have any questions or would like to submit an idea, please email [email protected]
If you have an idea or a session you would like to present at the next event, feel free to submit it now. We have created a live form that is always open and constantly monitored for anyone to submit any proposal ideas. This form will be used for Convention 2023 as well as Fall Forum 23 later in the year.
Convention 2023 proposals must be submitted no later than 5 pm CST on Friday, April 7th.
*Please make sure you are logged in to your ACA Account to submit a session proposal.
In the past, we have seen issues with proposals that unfortunately never reached our proposal inbox. This year, in trying to fix this issue and improve our communication, we have created this live proposal status page. Every 24 hours, we will update this page to show recent proposals submitted. Now, as a future speaker, you have the ability to confirm if we have received your proposal, if it’s being reviewed, selected, or in need of some attention.
If you have submitted a proposal but do not see in on this list after 24 hours, please contact [email protected] for assistance.
*Please note that the results here are for Convention 2023. Session proposals are listed by date submitted.
Date Submitted | Session Name | Status
3/1/23 | Taking Back The Industry – Changing Perceptions of the ARM Industry. | Received
3/1/23 | The Golden Ticket: Helping Collectors Thrive In A Society full of Bad Nuts | In Review
3/2/23 | We Aren’t That Different After All: Teaching Different Generational Collectors How to Communicate with the Younger Youth | Accepted
*The proposals above are examples.
Proposal Creation Guide
Writing an engaging and compelling session description is an important step in promoting your webinar or event. A well-written description can help to attract and retain attendees, while a poorly written one can turn them off. Here are some tips for writing a session description that stands out above all others:
Use a compelling headline: The headline is the first thing that attendees will see, so it’s important to make it attention-grabbing and relevant to their needs. Consider using a question, a statistic, or a strong verb to grab their attention.
Describe the benefits of attending: Clearly outline the benefits of attending the session, such as the knowledge and skills that attendees will gain, the problems that the session will help them solve, or the tangible results that they can expect. Use bullet points or numbered lists to make this information easy to read and digest.
Highlight the expertise of the presenter: Mention the credentials and experience of the presenter, and how they can help attendees achieve their goals.
Provide a clear outline of the topics covered: Give attendees an idea of what they can expect to learn during the session, and how the content will be structured. Use subheadings or bullet points to break up the text and make it easier to scan.
Offer incentives: Consider offering incentives for attendees to register or attend live, such as bonus materials or handouts.
Use clear and concise language: Keep the session description easy to understand and avoid using technical jargon or overly complex language. Use active voice and avoid long, convoluted sentences.
Add a call to action: End the session description with a strong call to action that encourages attendees to register for the session, make it clear what you want attendees to do and provide any necessary information to make it easy for them to take action.
o “Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from industry experts!”
o “Join us and take your skills to the next level!”
o “Don’t let this chance to transform your business pass you by!”
o “Don’t miss out on the chance to network with like-minded professionals!”
By following these tips, you can write a session description that stands out above all others and attracts a high level of interest and engagement from attendees.
While we work to make all of our events unique each year, we have a couple of constants that we like to have to make sure our events run smoothly.
*Please note that this applies to our in-person events (Convention, Fall Forum, and IGNITE)
- Before your session:
- Your session powerpoint will be pre-ploaded to our event laptops a couple of days before the event starts. Any last-minute changes during the event, will not be updated.
- In case of emergencies, please carry a backup ppt in a USB or flash drive. While we test and make sure all ppts work on our laptops, there is a chance something might happen and we will need a backup.
- We can’t guarantee that the on-site wifi is strong enough, please have this in mind when deciding to use Youtube videos as part of your presentation.
- All speakers will have a lav. mic and a clicker will be assigned to the laptop. Please arrive 10 minutes before your session start time to ensure ppt, mic, and clicker work.
- During your session:
- Each session is 60 minutes long and the format and experience of the session is completely up to the panel of speakers.
- The stage will no longer have a panel table. We will provide tall tables for speakers to use for handouts, laptops, and water glasses. please remember that the table is not big enough.
- We ask that all speakers stand during the entire webinar as it creates a more engaging session. If that is not possible, please contact [email protected]
- Please allow time for people to ask questions during the session. Some attendees will wait until after the session is over. If that is the case, please move toward the back of the room to allow for the next speakers to prepare for their session.
- After your session:
- After your session is done, please leave your mic and clicker on any of the small tables or on the laptop table.
- Please move towards the back of the room to chat with attendees.
Creating an engaging presentation is essential to keeping your audience interested and retaining their attention. Here are some tips to help you design an engaging presentation:
- Get your audience involved: Engage your audience by asking them questions and encouraging them to participate in the presentation. Use polls, quizzes, and other interactive elements to make the presentation more interactive. This can help to create a more engaging experience for your audience and make the content more memorable.
- Incorporate learning activities: Make the presentation interactive by incorporating learning activities. This can include small group discussions, quizzes, and hands-on activities that allow the audience to practice and apply the information they have learned.
- Use examples and case studies: Use real-life examples and case studies to illustrate your points and make the content more relatable. This can help to make the material more interesting and easier to understand.
- Focus on the how rather than the what: Instead of just providing information, focus on how the information can be applied in the real world. Provide your audience with actionable takeaways that they can use in their own lives or workplaces.
- Have a flow: Having a flow or an agenda to your presentation allows the audience to follow along easily and keeps them engaged as they know what to expect. Try to stick to 2 or 3 points per hour. Trying to fit in 10 steps to whatever you’re teaching in an hour doesn’t allow enough time to teach it, only enough time to tell it.
- Use storytelling: Tell a story that relates to your topic to help engage your audience and make your presentation more memorable.
- Make it visually appealing: Use a consistent design that is visually pleasing, easy to read, and easy to understand. Use a variety of media types such as images, videos, and infographics to help illustrate the points you are making.
- Use images and videos: Images and videos are a great way to break up the text and keep your audience interested. Use images and videos to illustrate your points, or to add visual interest to your presentation.
- Use humor and anecdotes: A little bit of humor can help to lighten the mood and make the presentation more enjoyable. Incorporate anecdotes and personal experiences to add personality to the presentation.
- Be well prepared: Practice your presentation a few times before you give it. This will help you become more comfortable with the material and identify any areas that need improvement. It’s also a good idea to have backup materials on hand in case of technical difficulties.
- Stand up and stay away from your computer: Being well prepared will help with this. If you are used to sitting during your presentation, practice your presentation standing up. This also applies if you are doing a panel. Sitting and presenting doesn’t create an engaging energy for the audience.
- Limit the use of text: While text is important, too much text can be overwhelming and make it hard for your audience to focus. Use images and videos to supplement the text and break up large blocks of text.
- Keep it simple: Avoid using jargon or technical terms that your audience may not be familiar with. Keep your language simple and easy to understand.
By following these tips, you can create a presentation that is not only informative but also engaging for your audience. Remember to get your audience involved, use examples and case studies, focus on the how, use storytelling, incorporate learning activities, make it visually appealing, and use humor and anecdotes to make your presentation stand out.