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SECO holds its annual CE Planning Meeting each Spring. This year's meeting has come and gone. We're now finalizing our line-up of courses for SECO 2016. 

It's not too early, however, to begin preparing for SECO 2018's event. We'll be accepting proposals until April 10, 2017.  If you've spoken at SECO before, use the top-level menu options under SUBMIT AND MANAGE COURSE PROPOSALS to submit and update. If you've NEVER spoken at SECO before, visit and use the COURSE PROPOSALS feature there.

Prior to opening, there are several things you should remember when thinking of courses and proposals.

  1. Make sure to submit at LEAST four hours of course proposals. We cannot justify the expense and adminstrative commitment to bring a speaker into Atlanta for a single one, or two-hour course. It does happen, on occasion, but it's definitely not the norm. We typically will bring a given speaker in for four or more hours.
  2. If you're new to speaking at major meetings, consider proposing courses for AOP (Allied Ophthalmic Professionals). It's often easier to get on the AOP schedule if you're somewhat of an unknown entity. Oh, and it's OK to propose both OD and AOP courses to get to your "four or more hours" mentioned above.
  3. Proof your proposals. We are constantly amazed at the number of proposals that have significant errors: spelling, grammar, all caps, too wordy, etc. Also, snappy titles are OK... but have definitely been overdone in recent years. Keep it professional. Keep it concise. Keep it clean.
Interested in Speaking at SECO?

PowerPoint Tips

  • Design Your Presentation First, then Add Visual Aids: most presenters start with their PowerPoint slides how, and then try to come up with words to explain the bullet points that they have written. Instead, start with the presentation, and the look for visual aids that will help you explain your points.
  • Use Fewer Slides: A good way to do this is to practice your presentation a few times without any visual aids first and get good at your delivery. Then go back and add only the visual aids that help you explain your points better.
  • Less is More: The fewer slides that you have and the less content that you have an each slide, the more impact that your words will have.
  • 6 X 6: A good rule is to have no more than six words on each line and no more than six lines on each PowerPoint slide. This way, everyone in the room should be able to easily read your slide content.
  • Avoid Overuse of Animation: Spinning bullet points with sound effects are just a distraction, so avoid frivolous animation.
  • Use Appropriate Animation to Clarify Your Points: Use animation that adds showmanship and clarifies your points. I had a client that had their animation team create a 3D animation of the terrain where they would be building an addition to an Army base that showed everything from the black tops being poured to the final buildings rising on the horizon to the military tanks being rolled into the gates. It was a very impressive piece of proof that the company understood the project.
  • Charts and Graphs are for Handouts, not PowerPoint Slide Decks: Charts and graphs are very hard to read and follow on a slide, so make a handout or put them on a big board instead.
  • Pictures for Decoration: If you use a picture (or pictures) for decoration, make the decoration the same on every slide and make it subtle. A single picture in a corner of the slide is usually enough. If you decorative picture changes, your audience will wonder what it has to do with the content of your slide.
  • Pictures for Clarity: If a picture help adds clarity to your bullet point, then add it in, but if it is just being used to make the slide prettier, leave it out.
  • Consider Boards Instead of Slides: Instead of putting a picture or chart on a slide, consider getting a board or poster made instead.
  • PowerPoint Slide Colors: A dark background with light text is most eye appealing.
  • Use Simple Fonts: Time New Roman or Arial are good choices for PowerPoint fonts.
  • Use Bullet Points: Although result oriented, well developed bullet point are important when you design and organize your presentation, you might want to use shorter bulletins in your visual aid.
  • Reveal Your Bullets One at a Time: Reveal bullets one at a time to make sure no one reads ahead.
  • Point to Bullets when You Reference Them: Move toward the screen and point to your bullets as you read them. This lets the audience knows that you are covering something new and adds energy.
  • Stand Up When You Speak: The person who Stan’s and speaks carries authority. You will also have more energy.
  • Practice with Your Slides: After you have practiced without the slides and gotten good at your delivery, add the slides back in an practice in front of a group of people.
  • Avoid “Read… Click…”: if you design and practice your presentation based on these tips, you will never do this, but if you find yourself just reading and clicking, STOP! You are boring your audience.
  • Design Your Own Slideshow: This tip is so important. If someone else designs your PowerPoint slide deck for you, it will increase the complexity ten-fold.