You’re a RootsTech Presenter, Now What?


Thank you for investing your time and expertise as a presenter at RootsTech 2018. We’re excited to have you join us. Your presentation has the potential to make a positive impact on individuals and families throughout the world!

Here’s what’s next.


First, please provide us with a professional photo, signed contract, session syllabus, and your hotel information, but don’t overlook the great tips, guidelines, and examples provided below. We want you to be prepared for the best possible presentation experience.

Complete Checklist


Each presentation room will be equipped with the following:

  • A laptop with a hardwire internet connection
  • Two mics—one handheld, one lavaliere
  • Podium and stage
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • AV connection to room speakers

Presenters using a Mac computer must provide their own remote clicker and connections to use the projector and audio equipment.

Presentation Tips

The Four I’s

An ideal presentation is informative, illustrative, instructive, and inspirational. Everyone loves a presentation that teaches something new, has some visual appeal, offers some how-to’s, and motivates them to take action.

The Three C’s

Make sure your presentation is clean, clear, and concise. To do this, use large, easy-to-read fonts, be straightforward in your communication, and avoid repetition and wordiness. Information and resources that don’t fit into your presentation can be included in your syllabus.


An interactive presentation is a memorable one. Ask questions, invite responses, open discussions, pass out handouts or questionnaires, and welcome feedback.


Remember that people come from all over the world to attend RootsTech. Ask yourself who is likely to attend your presentation. Consider age, experience level, background, and heritage. What will their expectations be?

Speaker Tips


Plan to dress for success—and be comfortable too. Suits, ties, and dress clothing are not necessary for presenters, but please strive for professionalism. Consider wearing something that you can clip your mic to.


By the time your presentation rolls around, you should have a good feel for length, cadence, and specific points of emphasis. Practice, practice, practice!

Time Management

Use your time wisely. You have just 60 minutes for your presentation. That time includes any Q&A with the audience.

Rating Class Sessions

As your session draws to a close, encourage class members to rate the session in the RootsTech mobile app. RootsTech pays out a bonus to highly rated speakers.

Take a look at successful RootsTech presentations from the past: