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Podcast Series: Presentation Tips and Techniques

Are you a first time presenter? Have you presented in the past but need a refresher? The goal of the podcasts in this series is to quickly and easily provide you with presentation tips and techniques. Subscribe to the SOA Podcast Channel and download the podcasts to your MP3 player. Now they’re portable and you can listen to them as you travel to your next meeting or doing your daily commute. With internet connectivity, you can listen to them directly from this page.

Professional Development Standard Policy Documents


The following links access documents that describe the SOA's standard policies on antitrust, publishing/copyright and presentation standards. Make sure you are familiar with the policies.

Antitrust Disclaimer

Intent to Publish

Presentation Submission Process


Content Development Resources

Create engaging content.

Competency Framework Session Planning Worksheet

Use the competency framework to help identify session content.

Creating Meeting Content Workbook

Provides a process with worksheets to help you create engaging content.

Presentation Layout Tips

Provides guidelines on the use of font size, graphics and animation in presentations.

Life After Death PowerPoint Video

Engaging 4 minute video clip on PowerPoint Do's and Don'ts


Presentation Delivery Tips & Techniques

Helpful hints and guidelines for presenting at a live or virtual meeting.

Presentation Tips

Guidelines for presenters.

Presenter/Moderator Self Assessment Tool

Use both the long and short forms of the presenter/moderator self-assessment to prepare for and reflect upon your SOA meeting session. Assess your effectiveness as a presenter or moderator.

Long Form

  • Use as you prepare your presentation. (Preparation Tool)
  • Use for in depth post-presentation reflection. (Personal Development Tool)

Short Form  

  • Use for a quick post-presentation self-assessment.

Don't Let This Happen to You!  

Read this article in which some of the top SOA conference presenters discuss their secrets on giving good presentations.

Tips for Moderators: Make your Session an Outstanding Learning Experience

This 30 minute audio recording gives you practical tips on how to be an effective moderator for any session. Listen to the audio Audioand follow along with the slides

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Session Presenter Checklist

Virtual Session Production Tips: On-Camera Clothing, Performance Tips and PowerPoint Creation Guidelines


Suggested Books

The books below are good reads for tips on public speaking. You can purchase these books from a local or online bookstore.

Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds