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NATLE Speaker Guide


Thank you for volunteering your time to help make NATLE's educational programming the best it can be. For a successful presentation, please read this page carefully. It likely answers a lot of your questions but not, email for assistance.

Who We Are

NATLE is an organization whose members are chief executives and staff of voluntary bar associations throughout the USA and Canada. We have over 60 member associations that collectively represent over 60,000 attorneys and together we work to ensure justice for all. The work that the trial lawyer or justice association does to preserve and protect the justice system is crucial to a society where the injured are assured of remedy and society is a safer place by holding wrongdoers responsible for their actions.

The Audience

NATLE member associations include representatives from all 50 states in the US, several local associations, and several Canadian provinces. Attendees represent every area of association management. There is great diversity in the organizations represented in the audience. Therefore, it is important to realize—and acknowledge in your presentation—that not all organizations have large staff or large budgets.

Preparing for Your Presentation

You were selected to make a presentation because we know you have something very valuable to share with our audience. To ensure a successful experience for everyone, we ask that you do the following:

  • As soon as possible, send us a bio or brief introduction for the moderator to use when introducing you.
  • If you will be using a PowerPoint during your presentation, or if you have a handout for distribution to attendees, email them to us at least 7 days in advance of your presentation.
  • Participate in the NATLE speaker rehearsal if one is scheduled. The date and time of rehearsal will be confirmed a week in advance of your presentation.
  • Make sure you have provided us with your cell phone number for the day of the event in case we need to reach you.
  • Login to the meeting at least 10 minutes ahead of your presentation time. 
  • Pay attention to the Chat box as that’s how we’ll communicate with you before and during your presentation.
  • We want to help you succeed, so please let us know how we can assist you!

Presentation Best Practices: Connecting With Your Audience

Since this will be a virtual session there are several important steps you can take to make sure your presentation is engaging and valuable for attendees. 

  • Use a quiet space, isolated from noises from pets, family members and others, if possible. Turn off phone ringers and close all distractions on your computer (email, messages, etc.)
  • Turn on your video. It's important that the audience sees you while you’re speaking.
  • We suggest restarting your computer prior to your presentation and only have the most necessary applications open. This helps your computer have the maximum resources available. Ensure that your computer and audio equipment are fully charged.
  • Be mindful of anything visually distracting in the background so people will focus on you, or use a virtual background. Don’t wear clothing the same color as your background.
  • Avoid having a window or bright light behind you, lighting should be behind your computer so that it's in front of you.
  • Your camera should be at eye-level, so you might need to raise your computer. Make eye contact with your camera so the audience will feel like you’re looking directly at them. If you have a tendency to look at the video of yourself. move your video preview close to your webcam. This will encourage your eyes to look near the webcam, rather than off to the side, giving your viewers the impression that you are looking at them.
  • Use a headset with a built-in microphone for the best audio and to reduce ambient sound.

Thank you for participating in our program!