Speaking Opportunities



Presenters at Chapter events reach all segments of the WLP community, include trainers, instructional designers, human resource professionals, technology specialists, managers and executives, internal and external consultants, and others from various industries, including higher education, healthcare, finance, and entertainment.


Speakers are asked to focus on any of the nine Areas of Expertise in the ATD Competency Model during the monthly Chapter Meetings to educate members, guests, and students. Presentations should last no more than 45 minutes to allow time for announcements and Q&A during the one-hour meeting.


Does This Describe You?

The ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter seeks inspirational presenters who will engage the audience in discussion, fun, and most importantly, learning. Do you use these techniques?
  • A strong opening and closing
  • Effective audiovisual materials and handouts
  • Dialogue and communication with the audience
  • Case studies or real-world examples (including results achieved)
  • Contact information for follow-up questions or comments
  • Giveaways, door prizes, or special offers

Chapter Expectations

The Chapter expects presenters to share their expertise and knowledge in an engaging way. Speakers should avoid:
  • Reading their slides verbatim
  • Making a sales pitch; there are plenty of networking opportunities before and after meetings
Meeting registration (including lunch or dinner) is complimentary for presenter(s). The ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter cannot provide or reimburse travel expenses nor provide payment for most speaking engagements.

Networking Opportunities

Presenters often find new customers at Chapter events. In addition to informal networking, presenters are encouraged to:
  • Arrive early to set up business cards, promotional materials, or giveaways at the registration area
  • Collect business cards from participants
  • Provide a sign-up sheet for participants to request more information
  • Promote mailing lists for participants to join
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