Get Your Presentations in for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020!

A few weeks back, Rachel York posted an information-packed entry on the SOLIDWORKS Blog about some of the exciting developments we’re planning for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 this upcoming February. This included: updates on the open Call for Presentations process and – my personal favorite ‘World’ topic – the technical training sessions (on all things SOLIDWORKS & more)!

Today, I’m here to touch base with you all on the Call for Presentations once more. The final date for all submissions will be Monday, October 21, 2019.

In Rachel’s post, she introduced a short video I’ve created to help guide you along as you look to submit a successful presentation for consideration for the event in Nashville, TN:

 

If you’ve ever presented at ‘World,’ you’ve undoubtedly split time presenting your own content and sitting in on other’s presentations. We’ve looked to step up our speaker readiness efforts this year in multiple ways for two primary reasons:

  1. We want to make our presenters feel more empowered than ever to deliver outstanding technical sessions.
  2. We want to help ensure that, collectively, our community members & session attendees are treated to valuable learning experiences.

As I mention in the video above, accepted speakers will be receiving access to the Speaker Resource Center and invitations to Speaker Readiness Webinars delivered directly from our team here. Among other things, the Speaker Resource Center will contain a more structured, guided PowerPoint template this year. This is something we have worked a great deal on. Our core motivations for this effort were numbers 1 and 2 above.

 

As a function of our respective roles, it’s likely true that many of us present content somewhat regularly. However, it isn’t necessarily true that every prospective ‘World’ presenter presents on a somewhat regular basis.

The PowerPoint template we’ll provide in the Speaker Resource Center will help you answer questions like: how long should I spend on my introduction? About how much of my presentation should be spent ‘showing’ vs. ‘telling’? When and where should I introduce and establish the ‘key takeaways’ of my presentation?

It’ll also include simple yet helpful tidbits like a set of standardized icons (think: checkmarks, X’s, thumbs up/down symbols – graphics to help you convey ideas without words), a notepad-style slide type (to suggest to your audience members the types of notes they may find helpful to jot down), and more.

These are simple additions, but we feel they’ll prove very helpful for both speakers and attendees!

A bit later in the year, accepted speakers will have the opportunity to attend readiness webinars (as mentioned a bit earlier) that will go a bit more into detail on the provided template. You’ll also get tips from previous ‘World’ presenters – including myself – on tactics to employ before, during, and after your session to improve the quality of your own experience and that of our attendees!

Sean O'Neill
I'm a Community and User Advocacy Manager here at SOLIDWORKS. As a longtime SOLIDWORKS user myself, I love meeting with users and hearing about all the interesting things they're doing in the SOLIDWORKS community!