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What to Expect: Present at a Live Event

What Is a Live Event?

ICLE Live Events are in-person programs that provide Michigan lawyers with expert insight and advice. Participants get up-to-date coverage of legal trends, trusted guidance on law practice issues, and explanation of new laws and their practice implications. Live Events vary in length from three hours to one or two days. Presenters speak on their assigned topic for a specific length of time as determined by both the presenter and the ICLE lawyer. On the day of the event, presenters and moderators check in at the registration desk to receive their name badges, materials, and additional instructions. Live Events typically have a moderator who introduces the program and the other presenters.

Benefits of Presenting at a Live Event

  • Stand out in front of thousands of Michigan lawyers
  • Boost your credentials and be recognized as an expert
  • Share your unique perspective
  • Get featured on our website or print brochures
  • Get immediate feedback from audience members about your presentation

Contact with ICLE Staff

  • An ICLE lawyer will
    • explain the process to you in detail,
    • work with you to plan your presentation and associated materials, and
    • send you the audience evaluation scores and comments following the program.
  • An ICLE staff member will request your biography and high-resolution photo for the ICLE website.
  • Feel free to contact the ICLE lawyer working with you at any point during the process if you have questions.

Time Commitment

Live Events involve preparation of the live presentation as well as the seminar materials. You may have a conference call with the ICLE staff lawyer working with you to discuss the content of your presentation, including development of the seminar’s goals and learning objectives. Additional calls may be necessary to coordinate with co-presenters.

Tips for Successful Presentations

  • Gear your presentation to the identified skill level. Basic programs provide a foundation and basic practice skills and knowledge for new lawyers or those just beginning in this particular area of practice. Intermediate programs offer specialized topics or concentrated instruction in selected areas. Registrants are presumed to understand the fundamental concepts in the primary field of practice and have some relevant practice experience. Advanced programs provide an in-depth study of a specialized subject or an analysis of recent developments and their impact on practice. Registrants are presumed to have significant prior experience in the subject matter. If you have a question about the applicable skill level, talk to the ICLE staff lawyer working with you on the project.
  • Add interest to your presentation. Focus on a few important points and make those points interesting, practical, and memorable. Tell the audience how it relates to their practice. Stories and examples—real-life or hypothetical—make information less abstract and more easily understandable and help the audience retain the lessons. Consider using visual aids. PowerPoint presentations or other visual aids can enhance the learning process. Please do not simply read your materials aloud.
  • Adhere to time limits. Exceeding your time period will deprive later speakers of adequate time for their presentations.
  • Respond to questions and answers. For most live events, the audience will submit questions in writing that the faculty can address during question-and-answer periods. Some events take a more informal approach. Check with the moderator or the ICLE lawyer working with you about whether to take oral questions. Remember to repeat the question into the microphone.

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