Presentation Resources

New to public speaking? Looking for tips to improve your presentation delivery? Below are tips and tricks to help you prepare for the event.


Deliver a Successful Presentation

Follow these tips for delivering a successful presentation:

Practice | Practice your presentation aloud to rehearse the timing and build your confidence.

Breathe | Remember to breathe between ideas and enunciate when speaking.

Introduce Yourself | Start by verbally introducing yourself and provide your contact information on your concluding slide.

Move Around | Move beyond the podium to engage with different sections of the audience.

Make Eye Contact | Eye contact helps to build a rapport with your audience and keep them engaged.

Engage with the Audience | Ask the audience questions and engage them every 7-10 minutes.


Prepare Your Speech

You have knowledge to share. Attendees are eager to learn from you. Below are tips/tricks to help you prepare your content.  

Additional Tips for Preparing for and Delivering your Speech:

> Turning Your Proposal into a Presentation

> Communicating Technical Concepts

> Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety


Build Your Presentation Material


While preparing your presentation material, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the information compliment my speech?
  • Does the information flow naturally?
  • Do I know the material well enough to not need notes?


Additional Tips for Preparing your Presentation Material:


> Turning Your Proposal into a Presentation

> Designing Your Presentation


Presentation Template

While all session speakers are not required to use the provided template, we do highly encourage using the SHARE template for presentations. Our hope is that using the template will help to decrease your preparation time. The template provided features a 16:9 ratio due to having widescreen projectors in all session rooms. If you choose to use your own template, please format the presentation in a 16:9 layout in an effort to make SHARE presentations uniform as well as to ensure you will be able to utilize the full-screen potential.
Download the SHARE template here.

Tips for Using the Template

Troubleshooting Template Formatting

Transferring a Presentation from 4:3 to 16:9


Trademark and Intellectual Property


SHARE reminds all speakers to properly use trademarks and intellectual property. Specifically, SHARE recommends that all trademarks be presented in capital letters and that they are used as adjectives, and not as nouns, verbs or generic names.

SHARE also recommends using the appropriate designation in connection with registered (®) and unregistered (™) marks, with an acknowledgment of the owner. In addition, SHARE advises that any use of the intellectual property of a third party must comply with applicable federal and state laws.


Partner Sponsored Presentation Guidelines

In order to provide our members with information regarding non-IBM products, we have made provisions to allow partner presentations at SHARE. 

  • Speakers for PSP and LNL sessions should follow all of SHARE’s Cannons of Conduct and Policies
  • The following statement should be read at the beginning of the session: "This is a Partner Sponsored Presentation. The SHARE Canons of Conduct and Policies will be followed in this session. Specifically, an attendee must not engage in sales activity, including direct or indirect solicitation, or conduct any other activity contrary to the purpose of SHARE. Should there be any indication of a potential violation, this session will be ended."
  • For a PSP or LNL presentation, it is encouraged to highlight your company’s product or services in a technical presentation, though providing some marketing information is allowed for sponsored presentations.

PLEASE NOTE: The technical program focuses on the interchange of technical information and the discussion of the technical merits of given strategies, architectures, products or services in furthering the SHARE ideals for achieving business results through education, professional connections, and opportunities to influence the IT industry. The incidental discussion of product prices, terms and conditions, and industry comparison does not violate SHARE Policy.


Canons of Conduct

As a speaker at SHARE, you're expected to abide by SHARE's Canons of Conduct. For greater detail, click here to view the SHARE Bylaws and Policies document in its entirety.