Thank you for your commitment to speak at The Independent Show in Chicago, Illinois. Below are deadlines, travel information, and answers to frequently asked questions to ease the pressure and allow you the tools and time you need to focus on making a great presentation.
Be sure to utilize the speaker marketing kit to help promote your involvement in this year's conference!
Submit a Bio and a Headshot
Please submit a bio between 50 – 100 words. The biography will be used on our website and in the mobile app. It will also be used to write a short spoken introduction at the session. Please highlight the experience that makes you most qualified to speak at this conference rather than a full resume of experience.
Please also send a clear, color headshot photograph in high resolution in .jpg, png, or .eps format. This photo will accompany your bio in the places mentioned above as well as on the audio-visual screens in the meeting. Please send the bio and photo to Caprice Caster at your earliest convenience.
Mark Your Calendar for Important Dates
- ASAP: Please return your bio, headshot and signed speaker agreement.
- June 15: Final deadline for sleeping room requests
- July 1: Deadline for special audio-visual requests
- July 15: Deadline to submit final presentation
- July 29 – 31: The Independent Show
Please use the official Independent Show PowerPoint template for your presentation.
In preparing your presentation for The Independent Show, remember the following:
- On the title slide, include your presentation title, name, professional title, and company. If your session has multiple speakers, list them in alphabetical order by last name.
- All presentations are to be of an educational nature and should not be used to promote products or services.
- All presentations must be prepared in PowerPoint using the official Independent Show template
- Presentations must all be in wide-screen 16:9 format
- Any videos in the presentation must be saved as separate files and submitted at the same time as your final presentation.
- Presentations and any supporting documentation or files must be submitted to NCTC no later than Monday, July 15 for testing and loading on the show computers.
- Please bring a copy of your presentation and accompanying videos (if applicable) on a USB flash drive
- After the conference, a pdf of your presentation will be posted on our website for attendees to download. Your session will be recorded and these will also be shared on NCTC’s website after the conference. Please refer to the Tape Waiver and Authorization portion on your Speaker Agreement Form.
Each session is introduced by a moderator or a conference facilitator. He/she will welcome the attendees, introduce the speaker(s), make any housekeeping announcements, and, if needed, facilitate the question and answer period. Unless you are informed otherwise, you should expect a 5-10 minute Q & A period at the end of your presentation, allowing attendees to ask you their questions.
The dress code for the conference is business casual. Late July temperatures in Chicago are an average high of 85 degrees and average low of 63 degrees.
1 or 2 weeks before the event we’ll send you additional details on speaker walk-through times, the meeting room location for your presentation, final head counts, details for on-site contacts, and any other final details.
Tips for Presentation Graphics
A presentation slide deck should be supportive to your speech, not something you read to the audience. The presentation deck is only there to clarify and reinforce ideas and points. Here are some tips:
- One message per slide.
- Short sweet bits of texts and an image.
- The most important text on each slide should be the largest.
- Use Contrast. It helps your audience focus their eyes where you want them to be.
- Use vibrant colors
- Limit the number of items on each slide. Use no more than 6 objects per slide.
- Don’t create slides that are complicated.
- Use an appropriately large font, so everyone in the room can read. 32-44 point is ideal. Minimum of 28 pt.
- Have a plan: Effective presentations have an introduction, body and summary.
- Minimize use of animation
- Have an image or graphic of some type on at least 90% of your slides.
- Minimize text. If the audience has to choose between reading the slide or listening to you, half of your information will be lost to them because they cannot do both.
Are you new to public speaking or want to polish your presentation skills? We’ve created a helpful webinar. It’s about 60 minutes in length and it’s full of great tips and tricks to build your confidence. Watch it here .
About the Audience
NCTC and ACA Connects share a very similar membership base. We have over 800 cable and broadband operators representing approximately 9 million subscribers throughout the United States and its territories. In general terms, most US cable operators are NCTC and/or ACA Connects members.
NCTC partners with suppliers and content providers to drive innovation, pricing and partnerships in the cable and broadband industries. We encourage you to learn more at www.nctconline.org
ACA Connects works to ensure their members are treated fairly in the marketplace and in Washington, so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to thrive and deliver affordable video, broadband and phone services to their customers.
You can easily expect 450 operator attendees from over 190 different member companies to attend. The majority of attendees are decision makers with 20% C-level executives and 61% Manager or Senior Manager title.
Exhibitors and industry professionals represent another 500 attendees from a large variety of content, technology, hardware, operations and marketing companies.