Selecting and Managing Conference Presenters:
Converting Talking Heads into Action Learning Facilitators

Webinar • Thursday, March 15, 2018 • 2:00- 3:30 PM ET | Qualifies for 1.5 CAE


Are your conferences still structured around traditional lectures, keynotes and breakout sessions? If so, you’re likely missing opportunities to provide the quick, interactive learning experiences that today’s attendees value—and, increasingly, demand.

How will you find presenters who are up to the challenge of being more than just “talking heads?” How do you get them to engage not just with attendees, but with you and your staff? How do you engage presenters to promote the conference? How can presenters succeed in using new learning models to present content that stimulates application of knowledge?

Clearly, it’s going to take more than finding expert—or even top-name speakers.  It’s going to take an entirely new approach to selection and management. And here it is:

Register now for Selecting and Managing Conference Presenters: Converting Talking Heads into Action Learning Facilitators

In this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Tracy Petrillo, CAE—an expert on conference strategy, planning and management—shows you how to use exciting new models for adult learning and engagement to boost conference attendance, application of knowledge and value. You’ll learn a better process and timeline for finding and recruiting the right presenters (including perks and benefits that can help you win top talent). You’ll also discover simple but effective ways to promote your content via social media, websites and even distance learning.

No more “talking heads.”  Discover training you and your staff can provide to make sessions highly successful. Learn how to use storytelling, debates, meet-and-greets and other high-engagement formats to engage the learner. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now to learn strategies for revolutionizing the quality of your presenters and the value of your conferences, including how to:

  • Identify immediate ways to select—and recruit—better presenters
  • Change the staff/presenter relationship and trade traditional habits for creative new models that improve the learning value of sessions
  • Work with presenters, pre-conference, to enhance everything from presentation skills to social media strategies for marketing the event
  • Develop opportunities for attendees to engage in content discussions - before, during and after the event
  • Use post-event tools and session evaluations to foster continuing improvement and take-away ideas that attendees can put into action right away

Gain an edge when selecting presenters. Knowing how to manage them, promote them, and prepare them to deliver the quick, relevant and current information attendees value.  Don’t wait to find out how you can start using these exciting new learning models right away to offer the best conferences ever!

Register now for Selecting and Managing Conference Presenters: Converting Talking Heads into Action Learning Facilitators

Meet Your Webinar Leader

Dr. Tracy Petrillo, CAE is CEO for the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, serves as an advisor for Entangled Solutions and was past Chief Learning Officer at EDUCAUSE. As an active volunteer, she currently serves as Chair of the CAE Commission and as a member of the ASAE Foundation Workforce task force. She won the 2016 ASAE Professional Performance Award and was named a MeetingsNet ChangeMaker. Dr. Petrillo recently completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a specialization in Human Resource Development. She is published in the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, ICE Digest and CalSAE, The Executive. She speaks nationally on innovations in adult learning, association strategy and conference re-design and digital credentials, while creating ways to develop volunteers, build member value and external partnerships -- most recently at SxSWedu, DigitalNow and CalSAE.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is of value to membership and trade associations, nonprofits, and association consulting companies. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Executive Directors and CEO
  • Chief Learning Officers
  • Education Directors
  • Education Program Staff
  • Conference and Meeting Coordinators
  • Certified Meeting Planners
  • VP of Professional Development and Meetings

Don't wait, register your entire team today!

CAE Credits: All live webinar attendees are eligible for 1.5 CAE credit hours. Association TRENDS is a CAE Approved Provider. Our programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. We will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

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