All our Team Leaders are experienced FIGT presenters and will be happy to assist you with your questions. Here are their contact details:
To help you enjoy and make the most of your conference experience, several of our Team Leaders will host live calls so you can ask questions and meet other presenters. These calls are optional but highly recommended, particularly for those who have never presented at FIGT before. Presenters will be emailed full details.
If you are working with a co-presenter, stay in touch regularly.
Be conscious of the various sectors (military, missions, foreign service, corporate, NGOs, education) in your audience. If your presentation is grounded in one particular sector (for example, involves a research study of adult missionary kids, or is a family support program in the military), make explicit links across sectors if you can; if you don’t know enough about the other sectors to do this, ask the audience to help.
Assume that your audience will consist of some combination of support providers (eg, HR managers, coaches, relocation company staff, family support officers) and people who have lived/are currently living the expatriate experience (and have come to the conference for personal reasons). Even if you have planned your presentation exclusively for one of these groups, be sure to ask at the beginning of your session who is in the audience, and be prepared to adapt your remarks accordingly.
Be sure to leave time for discussion and be sure to follow up on any promised resources.
End on time.
Presenters need to be aware that the expat/global nomad life and TCK experience is characterised by seasons of loss and/or trauma. Presenters have a duty of care with respect to the participant experience. Content shared and learning exercises utilized need to be employed with care to ensure a positive and productive learning experience is achieved. Further information on this topic will be discussed in your pre conference online meeting with your Session Team Leader.
FIGT presentations are not sales pitches, and they must be based on sharing personal stories, research, or findings from or about the FIGT community in some way. We understand that many entrepreneurs present their experience and share their expertise during presentations but it is not the same as selling a product - the focus is on networking and making personal connections.
By leading a session, presenters have the opportunity to tap into a highly connected consortium of globally minded, cross-sector colleagues. Session presenters will be included in the promotional materials for the conference. We ask that all conference attendees refrain from promoting their businesses, books, or courses in the bookstore and common areas unless they have entered into an official agreement with FIGT.
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