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We are looking to help our presenters in making the content more meaningful and memorable for attendees.

For SAE technical events, audiences are looking for engaging presentations that help convey the technology listed in your paper or for technology not yet available in written formats. They are looking for critical information and images that help the presenter share their story about the technology.

They do not wish to read slides or have the author feels compelled to read them. Those details should be in the notes section as references to help the presenter share their information. The key points and ideas are what the slide should focus on and the speaker should fill in the rest with verbal information.

Presentations should be
  • Meaningful - Attendees need to understand the presenter's Learning experience, see how it applies to their work and/or understand the advantages of the new processes over what is currently being done
  • Memorable - Attendees need to remember what speakers have heard or done to be more productive in their work

To help assist you, we have a video on building a good technical presentation – Remember Technology Not Communicated is Technology Not Done.

Prepare your Presentation
For SAE Congresses and Conferences, draft presentations of a technical Manuscript are due to be uploaded in MyTechZone 3 weeks prior to the start date of the event.

Oral only presentations are due to be uploaded 6-8 weeks prior to the event. Times are subject to change. Please check with your organizer or SAE staff.

Final presentations must be uploaded to MyTechZone one day prior to the start date of the session and brought with you on a memory stick on-site.

Organizers and Session chairs will review your draft presentations to ensure presentations are clear in the intent and focus of your subject matter. Below is the SAE presentation template and bio form. If you wish to do a press release about your participation, we have also provided a template

* This is a .pdf file. You'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

Resources and Learning Guidelines
When developing your presentations, it is recommended that you consider and incorporate the following brain-based learning laws:
  1. Emotional connection - our brains are wired for an emotional connection therefore how we use emotion will aid in learning’s success.
  2. White space - we need time to reflect and digest therefore it is important to provide attendees with time to reflect and think during the presentation.
  3. Talking - we learn more from talking than listening so it is appropriate that after attendees have reflected, that they are allowed to talk to each other either in pairs or groups during the session to discuss what they are learning, to share information as a small or large group. The more individuals are sharing the more learning is going on.
  4. Images - we remember images better than words, we process words into images. We need to include more images in presentations vs. slides filled with words.
  5. Writing - we write to remember, we remember when we write or type. We need to encourage more handouts, note taking, use of tablets, mobile apps, laptops, etc. in our sessions.
  6. Attention span - Our attention span is approximately 10 minutes, which means redesigning sessions into 10 minute chunks of teaching followed by white space/talking helps attendees better retain information.

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