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NatCon 2022: Breakout Sessions Call for Speakers

Submission Deadline
August 6, 2021

NatCon invites subject matter experts every year to come speak on a wide range of salient topics to our chapter leaders, student veterans, their families, and allies, as well as higher education professionals, nonprofit and corporate partners and other stakeholders. We would love to add your voice to the Breakout Session lineup at SVA’s 14th Annual NatCon!

To submit a program for this Call for Speakers, choose one of the breakout sessions from the list and let us know how you will create an engaging and memorable session for these important topics. Decisions will be made by the end of August.

Email programs@studentveterans.org with any questions!

Steps to submit your presentation:

1. Enter speaker information.
You can enter as many presenters as you’d like. We recommend no more than four speakers per session. We also ask that any presentation with more than one speaker aim to reflect the diversity of the Student Veterans of America population.

2. Choose a catchy and inviting session title.
You’ll want to draw the attention of the attendees.

3. Enter your session learning objectives.
Learning objectives are the lessons you expect attendees to walk away with, and usually consist of three or four objectives.

4. Select the session topic.
Throughout the year, our team has been gathering topics of interest to our chapters and chapter leaders. These topics are broad enough for speakers to flex their creativity, but specific enough so that we make sure sessions are salient to SVA chapters.

5. Select your presentation type.
With a goal to create meaningful and engaging content, we encourage you to choose a presentation type that puts your expertise in the spotlight and engage in audience participation that aligns with the topic.

Oral Presentation is a formal presentation of your expertise. Generally, a majority of the session is made up of the presentation, while a smaller portion at the end is reserved for questions.

Panel Discussion consists of a moderator, who leads the discussion by presenting questions to the panelists, ensuring the discussion stays on track, and oftentimes, will pull audience questions for the panelists to answer. Since panels are supposed to be a natural discussion, it’s important that the moderator guides the panelists in the right direction to ensure the audience receives the most value. Each panelist will typically have their own differing opinions from the others on the subject matter presented, which makes for a thought-provoking and well-rounded discussion for the audience to learn from and be entertained by.

Fireside Chat is a more intimate take on presentations being presented behind the traditional lectern. A moderator is seated on stage with a guest who is interviewed to allow the conversation to flow naturally. The stage is set informally usually with two armchairs to keep the atmosphere relaxed. However, while informal, it’s important the moderator is prepared with their own research and with 2-3 questions to kick off the session in the right direction. You can invite audience interaction by allowing questions from the floor.

Campfire Session is a more informal take on the traditional presentation. Its aim is to break down the barriers of the lectern. While the session starts with a 15-20 minute presentation from a speaker, it then shifts to focusing on gaining key participation from the audience. The presenter turns facilitator allowing attendees to answer questions and provide comments. It allows attendees to drive their own learning, listen to different perspectives and share experiences.

Fishbowl is another format ideal for creating participation and dialogue amongst groups. Four chairs are placed in a circle in the centre of the room, with other chairs around these chairs for the audience. Three to four participants sitting in the centre circle are given a topic to discuss for the audience to listen to. In an open fishbowl scenario, one chair is left empty for a member of the audience to sit down and join the conversation. Participants can come and go. At the end of the session, a moderator summarises the whole discussion.

Poster Presentation is a way to communicate your research or your understanding of a topic in a short and concise format. It usually includes two elements – a poster and a brief (usually no more than 2 minutes) explanation.

Workshop is an interactive presentation on a specific subject that give attendees hands-on experience with the subject matter.

6. Enter your presentation details.
You should be as thorough as you can here. This will tell our reviewers exactly how you’d like to present the chosen topic.

7. Review your submission & Submit!

8. All decisions will be made by the end of August to ensure you have time to prepare for SVA’s 14th Annual NatCon!

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