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Speaker Breakfast | Speaker Deadlines | PowerPoint Templates | Tips for Visual Presentation | Presentation Tips | Session Room Equipment | Antitrust Guidelines | Commercialism GuidelinesConference Registration | Visa Travel InformationHotel Reservation | Contact Us

Speaker Breakfast

Room 109/110
Indiana Convention Center
6:45 - 7:45 am
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

All PaperCon speakers should plan to attend the Speaker Breakfast the morning of their session(s). There, you will be able to meet your session chair, other speakers in your session, turn in last minute changes to your presentation to Jessica Reaves, and go over any last minute questions. 

PaperCon 2019 Speaker Deadlines

Oct 26                         Submissions due

Jan 15                         Full program on the website

Jan 25                         Final Extended Abstracts due to Session Chair/TPC contact for review

Feb 15                         Final Manuscripts/Extended Abstracts due

Mar 15                         Final PPTs due to Session Chair/TPC contact for review

Mar 29                         Final PPTs due to TAPPI 

May 5-8                        PaperCon

PowerPoint Templates

PaperCon PPT Template (PPT download) 

RPTA PPT Template  (PPT download)

NETInc PPT Template  (PPT download)

IDCON PPT Template  (PPT download)

IPPC PPT Template (PPT download)

PowerPoints need to be in 16:9 aspect ratio to properly fit onto TAPPI's projectors/screens.

Your paper and presentation are subject to peer review and must comply with TAPPI antitrust and commercialism guidelines. Submission guidelines are listed below, and more detailed information/tips are also available in the following locations: 

Antitrust Guidelines

TAPPI Commercialism Policy

Speaker Management System Access & Instructions

TAPPI Author/Speaker Kit 

Manuscript Requirements

Extended Abstract Example

Presentation Guide

Presentation Tips

Scientific Poster Tips, Examples, Templates

Once approved, your materials will also be included in the Conference proceedings, with your permission. You may give TAPPI your permission on your submission form in the Speaker Management System. 

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Tips for Preparing Visual Presentations

General Guidelines 

Tips for Creating your Slide Deck

Tips for using Graphs & Charts

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Presentation Tips

For Presenters

Before the conference:

  1. Practice. Rehearse your talk at least three times prior to your presentation. This will allow you to get comfortable with the flow, as well as evaluate whether or not you’re meeting the objective of your talk. If possible, rehearse in front of someone who can offer constructive criticism.  

  1. Time your presentation. Ensure your speaking voice is natural, clear and not rushed. A good rule of thumb is that a 2,000 – 2,500-word presentation takes about 20 minutes, including time for a question and answer period.  

  1. Pay attention to format. Be sure your presentation includes the following elements:

    1. Statement of problem
    2. Plan of attack and results
    3. Impact/Importance
    4. Conclusion

    *The introduction and conclusion are the most critical part of your talk. The introduction is your opportunity to engage the audience, and your conclusion is where you will emphasize the takeaway. Be sure to know these well.  

At the conference:

  1. Arrive early. Be in the room 30 – 45 minutes prior to the start of your session. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the room and the AV equipment.  

  1. Preview your slides. Always ensure you’ve done a final check of your slides. A room will be available for this purpose.  

  1. Allow time for a question and answer period. Always repeat audience questions into the microphone before responding so that everyone can hear it. To ensure a lively Q&A session, you can supply your session developer (or someone else) with a list of prepared questions to get the ball rolling. This can also serve as an opportunity to supply additional useful information which did not fit into the constraints of your presentation.  

  1. Attend the author’s breakfast. If there is an author’s breakfast scheduled, you should attend – even if your session immediately follows the breakfast.  

For Panelists

  1. Share your expertise. You were selected as a panelist because you possess subject matter expertise. Share it accurately and carefully with your audience.

  2. Debate is a good thing. You may disagree with what other panelists are saying. If you do, speak up – but be sure you are respectful. 

  3. Ensure compliance with TAPPI policies. Always remember that both your slides and comments must comply with our policies. 

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Session Room Equipment

Regular session room setups include the following:

For specific AV needs, please contact us as soon as you know. All requests may not be accommodated. We will do our best to fit your needs. Changes to AV may not be permitted within 3 weeks of the event. 

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Antitrust Guidelines

Attendees at industry events in the US are becoming increasingly sensitive to antitrust compliance at face to face meetings. Therefore, we remind all authors to follow these simplified guidelines in your paper or presentation slides. The full TAPPI antitrust guidelines may be found here.

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Commercialism Guidelines

Although commerce is a driving force for our technologies, TAPPI technical sessions are not a platform for commercial (sales) presentations. Presentations that are technical and objective enhance the credibility of the presenter and his or her organization. Restricting commercialism ultimately benefits both the presenters and the TAPPI audience.

Excessive use of brand names, product names or logos, failure to substantiate performance claims, and failure to objectively discuss alternative methods, processes or equipment are indicators of sales presentations. Note: If the technical paper you submit does not comply with TAPPI guidelines, it will not be printed in the proceedings. You will be notified if any issues need to be addressed and will have an opportunity to correct the problem. Here’s how to avoid some common violations:

For more specifics, please review the Commercialism Guidelines document. 

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Conference Registration

Please remember you must also Register for the conference. Significantly reduced rates are available to speakers. 

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Visa Travel Infomation

You must register for the conference before being eligible for a Visa letter. For more details about obtaining a Visa to attend PaperCon, please review the TAPPI guidelines.

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Hotel Reservation

You should also remember to book your hotel room as early as possible; TAPPI's discounted room blocks will sell out as the event approaches. 

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Still Have Questions?

We're here to help! Contact Us:

General Conference/Program questions: 
Sarah Lunceford; +1 770.209.7345; slunceford@tappi.org 

Meeting Planner/Convention Center questions:
Bridgette Brigham; +1 770.209.7244; bbrigham@tappi.org

Speaker Management System questions: 
Jessica Reaves; +1 404.509.7477; jreaves@tappi.org

Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities: 
Shane Holt; +1 352.333.3345; 

Trade Fair/Exhibit Logistics: 
Grayson Lutz; +1 678.471.5853; glutz@tappi.org


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