Speaker Resources

Speaker Resources

Thank you for speaking at Heartland Conference! Here's what you need to know for a successful conference. Please continue to check back here as we get closer to June for additional details.

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PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts

PowerPoint slides and handouts are due Monday, May 23rd. The PowerPoint template can be downloaded here. Please upload your presentation to the Heartland Speaker SharePoint.

We highly recommend you provide a handout. Handouts will be available to attendees to download from the Heartland website prior to the conference. If you would like to provide paper copies, we suggest that you print them and bring them with you to hand out. We will not automatically use your PowerPoint as your handout. You may upload your session handout(s) on the Heartland website under your speaker profile.

Download Heartland PowerPoint Slide Deck     Upload Session PowerPoint     Upload Handouts

Presentation Tips

The following are suggestions to make your presentation go as smoothly as possible during the VGM Heartland Conference.

  • PowerPoint/Handouts must be less than 20 Megabytes.
  • Include your name on the first PowerPoint Slide and provide your contact information at the end.
  • You may include your company's logo only next to your contact information. Please do not include your company's logo throughout the presentation.
PowerPoint Videos

If your presentation has an embedded video, it may not work when the PowerPoint file is copied from the computer it was created on. If a video is essential to your presentation, we recommend that you test the video on your own laptop to confirm that it works, then bring your laptop to use during the presentation.

If your presentation includes a video that is streamed from the internet (such as a YouTube video) please be aware that the quality of the video may be degraded if there is a high amount of traffic on the Wi-Fi network. 


Please note as a presenter, you do not need to register to attend Heartland Conference. You are automatically registered as a presenter which grants you complimentary access to the conference. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your session in order to allow time for check-in and familiarization with your session room. 


Once you arrive in Waterloo, speakers may check in at the Waterloo Convention Center to print name badges. Once checked in, please visit the Speaker Ready Room, which will be on the bottom floor of the Best Western, across the street from the convention center.

A/V and Technology

Each education room will include a laptop with your PowerPoint slides, slide advancer, screen, projector, and microphone. A staff member from VGM IT will be available if you have questions about technology.