Guidelines for Speakers and Presentations

In an effort to better serve the members, visitors, and program presenters, we suggest the following speaker guidelines for our meetings.

Give us a brief summary/outline long before the meeting.
We want to publicize your presentation on this web page and in our quarterly newsletter before your presentation at the meeting. Members and visitors will appreciate knowing what you are presenting and will be more likely to attend and be prepared to participate.

Provide handouts.
This allows your audience to have something in writing to take back to their facilities either for marketing follow up or to refresh their memories. Members and guests will save and use well-written handouts. One of our Board Members will give you a suggestion of the number of copies.

Educate instead of Sell.
We get sales presentations all the time. We want to learn about the technology that your product features, what has your company contributed to improve the industry and the advancements in healthcare. Through this educational process we’ll learn about your company and the products and services you offer.

Prepare your presentation for a larger-than-normal audience.
This sounds obvious, but it can be easy to forget. Move quickly through basic technical information We already know the basics, we are typically experienced technicians and engineers. Be prepared for lots of technical questions. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers.. but be honest with us and tell us you don’t know. Marketing your company to us. We realize you are taking your time to make a presentation to us and we want to allow you the opportunity to make a marketing presentation. But keep it to a minimum. After a long day at work, BEST members and visitors don’t want to travel across Texas to see a presentation that is almost entirely a sales pitch. Demo equipment is always welcomed when you come and make a presentation. Make contacts at our meetings with members and visitors that want to contact you during business hours to receive quotes and official demonstrations.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your technical presentation to the BEST membership! We hope you’ll find that making a presentation to BEST will be well worth your while!Any suggestions that you can contribute to facilitate an improvement in meeting presentations would be greatly appreciated. We encourage any presenter to follow up their presentation with a critique of how you felt about addressing our membership.

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