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Your Colleagues Are Counting on You!

TESOL is pleased to give you this opportunity to present, but, as you know, it comes with serious responsibility. The association promises to provide convention attendees with an exceptional experience, and that promise extends to all the sessions within the conference. The audience trusts that the sessions TESOL has selected will be excellent learning experiences, and, in turn, TESOL trusts that you will be fully prepared to deliver on that promise.

As you plan your session, think about programs you have attended that worked well and follow those examples. Similarly, if you recall a session that you attended in the past that was not successful, learn from those mistakes!

Get the Word Out!

Be sure to post about your session on the TESOL social media pages. TESOL has created images you can share with your colleagues to let them know that you're a TESOL 2018 presenter.

On Twitter, use the hashtag #TESOL18. You can post on the official TESOL 2018 Facebook page, too (you'll have to "Like" the page, if you haven't already). You can even share video on TESOL's YouTube channel. If you have any questions about posting to social media, please contact TESOL Member Services.

Best Practices

This list of best practices will help you create a successful session.

  • In your opening remarks, introduce yourself and mention the name and the purpose of the session.
  • Attendees expect your presentation to reflect the description used to promote your session. Please ensure that it does.
  • Stand up when presenting, even if you are part of a panel discussion.
  • Always use your microphone, and make sure that your audience can hear you and the questions from other attendees.
  • Engage session attendees as active learners rather than passive listeners. Provide plenty of opportunities for attendees to ask questions, interact with each other, and apply the concepts you are presenting.
  • Upload resources and handout materials in advance of your session.
  • Comply with all program-related deadlines provided by TESOL, including deadlines for handouts, audiovisual equipment orders, and other important matters.
  • Do not engage in any type of promotional marketing or selling or any product or service.
  • Notify TESOL immediately if an emergency should prevent you from meeting your obligation to present.

Quick Tips: Things to Consider


  • Smile, relax, and have fun—the audience will feel it!
  • Use an ice-breaker to get your audience interacting and engaged from the beginning
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate
  • Use appropriate humor or other ways to engage your audience
  • Know your topic well enough so that you do not have to read it from your slides
  • Define any acronyms that your audience may not know
  • Move around. Don’t trap yourself (or hide) behind a podium or a laptop.
  • Allow the audience to ask questions
  • Try to add stories, anecdotes, testimonials, or demonstrations that emphasize your point
  • Repeat questions asked by the audience so that everyone will hear
  • Stay on track and within your allotted time
  • Close your presentation by summarizing your key points
  • Provide tools and information that audience can implement
  • Remember that the audience is very interested in what you have to say and they want you to do well!


  • Read your presentation from your slides or your notes
  • Use acronyms that that audience might not know
  • Look over your shoulder at the presentation screen (PowerPoint)
  • Use slides that contain nothing but text
  • Engage in distracting conversations with other presenters while someone else is talking
  • Answer questions without repeating questions first
  • Use conversation fillers like “umm,” “you know,” and “like”
  • Speak so quickly that your audience has trouble understanding you


If you have any questions or concerns about presenting at TESOL 2018, please contact TESOL Conference Services.