Speaker Resources

Speaker Resources

We look forward to hosting you during EMERGE Live, June 22-26. This page will be your resource for all things related to your speaking engagement.

If you have any questions or comments regarding your engagement, please reach out:

Mesha Bailey, Senior Associate, Events

Key Deadlines

ASAP  – Register for your event (submit speaker consent, headshot, bio, and confirm contact information)

By June 1  – All speaker prep calls scheduled (these prep calls will take place from June 1-15 and cover both content and technology)

June 15 – All speaker PowerPoint Presentations due – presentations should be designed in widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio

Key Deadlines


Please complete your registration at your earliest convenience to confirm your speaking engagement. Through this process, please submit a headshot, a bio of 100 words or less, and agree to our speaker release agreement. We must have your completed registration to begin marketing you as an EMERGE speaker.

Speaker Registration


All presentations are due by Monday, June 15, 2020 to ensure we can run through and test them ahead of your scheduled live event. A PowerPoint template is available below at the correct aspect ratio.

PowerPoint Template

Presenter's Guide

We’ll be using a live streaming software and recording all sessions. The Presenter’s Guide includes tips on technology, lighting, camera and backgrounds.

Please plan to attend your session at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session.


  • Recommended Internet upload of 10mbps is minimum, download of 3mbps. You can test your internet speed by visiting (www.fast.com). Please contact Mesha Bailey at mbailey@finhealthnetwork.org if your internet does not meet these requirements.
  • Use a wired connection by using an Ethernet line instead of wireless internet
    • If you have to use wireless be 5-8ft from the router if possible. Connect to 5ghz network when possible it’s faster than 2.4 and less susceptible to interference. You can reboot your router to search for the best Wi-Fi channel
    • If possible, remove/disconnect all other devices from the network (smart tv’s, Alexa, video game platforms, phone, pcs, etc).
    • Avoid overloading systems. Close out additional tabs, windows and apps on the device you are using for the presentation.
    • If you are using your phone as a back-up as we recommend doing so, make sure it is not connected to Wi-Fi because it draws on the bandwidth. Please be sure to silence your phone
  • Be sure your microphone can pick up your sound. Have a backup headset/microphone available in case your microphone quality isn’t sufficient. 
  • If presenting on a laptop, be sure to have it plugged into a power source throughout your presentation.
  • Start your computer fresh before your session. Close all other windows, browsers, and applications to minimize disruptions and provide optimal CPU capacity. 


  • Please plan on participating in a quiet, well-lit environment. 
  • Avoid having light shine from behind you
  • Avoid light directly at your face as it reflects glasses and shiny skin
  • If possible, wear contacts instead of glasses. Light flare off the glasses can cause the audience to not see your eyes
  • The closer you are to the monitor the better your face will show


  • Your camera should be at eye level so you are not looking down
  • Avoid being too close to the camera so that people aren’t looking up at your nose
  • Make sure your camera lens is clean
  • Be sure to speak into the camera


  • Background scenery is nice to have as long as it’s not too cluttered. Please avoid visible logos in the background or ‘tableside’
  • Please avoid using virtual backgrounds. If you plan to do so, please be sure it is not too distracting.
  • Clothes should not match your background. Wear clothing that has solid colors. Avoid patterns, stripes, brands, and logos which can be distracting.  


  • Practice your presentation off camera
  • Be sure to maintain good body language that includes healthy posture
  • Smile, introduce yourself
  • Speak into the camera
  • Speak clearly and avoid speaking too fast
  • Avoid reading cue cards or looking too long at off camera notes
  • When answering a question from chat, repeat/rephrase the question for the audience

All technology will be tested in our prep calls so please prepare to walk through where you will be participating. 

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