Speaker Training Videos

Part 1 – Introduction to becoming a NSCP speaker

Hear NSCP’s veteran speakers share:

  • What drew them to speaking at NSCP conferences
  • Their favorite part of speaking at conferences
  • How speaking has impacted their careers and professional skills
  • Their best advice for those interested in speaking for NSCP

Hope Brown, Michelle Canela, Ken Cherrier, Jerry Danielson, Pam Ziermann

Watch video and then answer these self-application questions:

1. Why do you want to become an NSCP speaker?
What are you hoping to gain from this training?
3. Which skill areas do you feel most and least competent?

  • Speaking in front of an audience
  • Keeping audience members interested and actively engaged
  • Preparing presentation materials
  • Working with co-panelists
  • Other

Short Version – Time: 5:31

Long Version – Time: 14:21

Part 2 – Preparation, Coordination and Communication Best Practices

NSCP speakers share their tips and best practices for:

Video #1 – Planning and compiling a presentation

  • Relevant content for intended audience/learning objectives
  • Outline and PowerPoint
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Practical take-aways for attendees
  • Speaking notes

Linda Shirkey, Craig Watanabe

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Time: 56:02

Video #2 – Coordinating with co-panelists

  • Determining each speaker’s areas of expertise and experience
  • Style: conversational vs. dividing sub-topics
  • Setting up deadlines
  • Touch-base calls
  • Balancing speaking time
  • Time management and meeting deadlines 
  • Practice/Dry Run Sessions

Jennifer Selliers, Krista Zipfel

Watch videos and then answer these self-application questions:

  1. Which tips or comments were most helpful for you?
  2. Which parts of the planning process do you think will be most challenging for you?
    • Preparing session content
    • Preparing presentation materials (PPT and supplemental materials)
    • Coordinating with co-panelists
    • Pre-session jitters
    • Providing practical take-aways for attendees
    • Time management and meeting deadlines 
    • Other

Time: 20:14

Part 3 – Engaging the Audience and Delivering a Valuable Session

NSCP speakers will share do’s and don’ts for optimum audience engagement for the various types of NSCP sessions:

Video #1 – Navigating Different Speaking Opportunities

  • Speaking on Panels for In-person events (how to read your audience and pivot if needed to meet the needs/interests of the attendees)
  • Speaking on Virtual Panels & Webinars (how to keep a virtual audience tuned in and actively engaged)
  • Moderating Panels (asking pointed and relevant questions for audience’s benefit in a live setting; fielding questions; balancing time among all panelists)
  • Facilitating Labs (creating environment for participatory learning and hands-on application through case studies, group discussions and personal application)
  • Facilitating Talk Groups or Forums (prompting attendees to participate in discussion and share their questions and experiences for mutual learning environment)

Jeff Blumberg, Trish Flynn

Video #2 – Mindful Tips for Speaking

  • Adult attention span and learning styles (visual, auditory, print, tactile, interactive, kinesthetic)
  • Speaking with confidence and countering the jitters (eye contact, not reading notes/slides, avoiding saying “um” and “you know”, key points outline, sharing experiences conversation-style)
  • Budgeting time during session and leaving time for Q&A
  • Answering live attendee questions

Jim Downing, Maureen Kiefer-Goldenberg

Watch video and then answer these self-application questions:

  1. What nervous speaking habits do you have?  How can you counter them based on the tips you learned?
  2. What is your learning style? 
  3. What keeps your attention during virtual vs. live sessions and how can you be mindful of these when presenting?
  4. Which types of sessions would you be most interested in speaking on (panels, labs, forums, talk groups)?
  5. What are some ways you can become more comfortable with speaking in the different types of sessions?

Part 4 – Partner Up and Plan to Present a Topic

The participants will choose a topic and go through the process of putting a 10 – 15 minute (high level) presentation together with one other person.

  • Select one of these speaking topics:  

          o    exam preparation
          o    exam priorities
          o    policies & procedures
          o    testing
          o    BCP

  • NSCP will match participant with a co-speaker unless participant has a co-speaker preference
  • Once sample presentation is ready, participant should contact NSCP Conference Manager to schedule presentation (holly@nscp.org)
  • PowerPoint and supplemental resources should be submitted prior to the presentation session part 5.

Part 5 – Present and Receive Feedback

Participants present their topic to two veteran speakers who will provide feedback immediately following the presentation and advise ways to improve session.  Speaker evaluations will be completed based on NSCP’s criteria.

Downloadable Documents: 

  1. NSCP Guidelines for Speakers
  2. Link for Speaker Profile to be entered into NSCP’s speaker database
  3. Criteria for Speaker/Panel Evaluations