DEADLINE for Presentation Proposals is February 28, 2020
Share your expertise at the ASBOA Annual Conference and Trade Show.  In addition to opportunities to present Information Sessions or Workshops, we are happy to offer the Lightening Talks again at this year's event.
This year Lightening talks will be offered in two formats:  Mini Sessions (15 minutes) and 20x20 (20 slides at 20 seconds each).  Given 6-15 minutes to speak, what would you share with other school business officials?  What would you most like to learn from your peers?
Workshops have a specific action-oriented purpose.  They are a good opportunity to learn new skills and to familiarize yourself with a topic you don't know well.  They are generally between 90 minutes -120 minutes - These sessions explore crucial issues at the heart of school business management by engaging participants in an interactive environment.   
Information Sessions are a great place to share very specific information about a particular issue.  They are generally between 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
Member presenters at the Annual Conference do so on a voluntary basis.  Corporate presenters must be a registered Exhibitor in the ASBOA Trade Show. All related expenses for travel and accommodations are at the presenters expense unless otherwise contractually arranged with the Association.  
Please note that proposals constituting a sales promotion will not be considered.   
If you have any questions please contact:
Susan Lang, Executive Director

Lightning Talks will be offered in two formats: 

  • Mini Sessions
  • 20 x 20 Talks
Lightening talk programs will be offered during the concurrent session program.  Final schedule to be determined.
These sessions will provide an opportunity to share information with colleagues that would not fit into the usual session format.  The more concise speaking slot works well with a more conversational and storytelling presentation style.  Given 6-15 minutes to speak, what would you share with other school business officials?  What would you most like to learn from your peers?
Lightening talk sessions will be scheduled for 60 minutes allowing for approximately 6, 6 minute talks per block.  Each 20x20 talk will feature 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds.  Although there will be no time scheduled between individual presentations for questions and answers, we encourage you to use the ample networking time built into the conference program to connect with speakers and pursue more in-depth conversations.  These sessions will not be recorded.
What are mini sessions?
Mini Sessions -  are 15-minute sessions that may or may not include a slide deck. While you’ll have access to a traditional AV setup when you present, you are not obligated to use these. You control both the format and the delivery; the sky’s the limit! Since your time is still limited, we encourage you to stay focused on the objective of your presentation. Mini-sessions may or may not include additional time for questions but it is not guaranteed, so make sure to cover your main points within the allotted 15 minutes.
What are 20x20 talks?
A 20X20 talk is 20 slides at 20 seconds each in the style of PechaKucha or Ignite formats.  We’ve included some helpful links below so you can explore further. These are highly recommended reading and viewing for anyone considering submitting a 20X20 talk.  These talks will require different preparation than typical conference sessions.  Some differences to keep in mind:
  •  your slides are not visible long enough to be a major focus of your presentation.  They should support what you're saying but not do the saying for you.
  • the slides will advance every 20 seconds whether you've said everything you wanted to say or not - practice your timing in advance
Resources to help you prepare for your talk:
To Submit a Proposal
You must submit your proposal using the online submission form.  Proposals sent by email will not be considered.  
Key Dates -  Please add these dates to your calendar up front, in the event that your presentation is accepted.
  • Call for Presentation Deadline:  February 28, 2020
  • Acceptance and Rejection Notifications - March 13, 2020
  • Agreement Form Completion - March 27, 2020
  • Annual Conference - May 3-6, 2020
Possible session themes include, but are not limited to:
  • Failures, flops and fiascos and the lessons you learned from them
  • New technologies that have saved your jurisdiction time and/or money
  • Strategies that have been successfully implemented in your organization
  • Trends you think will affect the education sector in the coming years
  • Solutions you think school business professionals will appreciate 
  • Life-changing and even life-saving tips you want to share
  • Wacky ideas that you think your peers might want to hear