Posted May 23, 2014 by Mandi Bryson 

Top 10 Benefits of Presenting an Educational Session

Written by Krista Harrell, 2015 Conference Program Team, associate dean of students and Title IX Coordinator, University of South Alabama

There are numerous benefits to presenting at an annual conference. Here are the Top 10:15CONF Educational Resources

  • Network with colleagues – There is no better way to meet colleagues with similar interests than being an educational session presenter.
  • Demonstrate your passion and expertise – This is an opportunity to be as excited as you like about all of your hard work and talk about it to a captive and interested audience.
  • Contribute to knowledge and critical discussions the field – Your session will spur dialogue about relevant topics in student unions and activities and will no doubt embolden action.
  • Share your scholarly research and innovative practices – We are lifelong learners and the scholars and scholars-to-be in the Association have lots to learn from one another. 
  • Develop collaborative relationships and partnerships – Often the ideas shared, and born, during educational sessions lead to collaborations across institutions and associate member companies.
  • Build confidence – Every time you get up in front of an audience as the “expert” or facilitator, you get more comfortable because you are in setting that helps foster self-confidence.
  • Enhance your skill set – Communication is an essential skill to be effective in our work, and presenting an educational session improves your verbal and nonverbal communication styles.
  • Opportunity to expand on a current initiative or study – Being selected as a presenter gives you the green light to spend more time on the current project or research you’re working on but can never find the time for.
  • Justification for attending the ACUI conference - Budgets are tight and being selected as a presenter supports your attendance at the conference because you are not only bringing back information, you are the one sharing your best practices.
  • Giving back to the Association – The annual conference could not happen without all of our phenomenal volunteers, including educational session presenters. An amazing way to give back to ACUI!

Don't forget to submit your session proposal by June 6!


Mandi Bryson

Mandi Bryson is the Associate Director for Events & Operations at College of Charleston.


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