Speaker Resources

Preparing for the Final Stretch... 

IBS is just around the corner! Here are all of the last-minute details you need to prepare for your IBS Education Session. 

Be Sure You Submitted A Signed NAHB Release & AIA QA Statement 

An NAHB License & Release Agreement is required by for all IBS Education presenters. Please fill in the session title, date and presenter’s full name on each document, then sign and return. You may list up to two sessions on each form. Please fill in the session title and date exactly as it appears in the education search. To return, scan and email or fax the form to 202-266-8501 ASAP. Please note that if you are presenting in a Central or other IBS-related event, requirements may be different. Please only list IBS Education-approved sessions on this form.

Access the NAHB License & Release Agreement

If you session was submitted and approved to provide AIA (American Institute of Architects) continuing education credits, it will be indicated in the ISES session record as well as the session listing on www.BuildersShow.com. AIA approved session presenters are required to sign and return the AIA Quality Assurance Statement. This form must be signed and returned for the session to available for AIA continuing education credits. To return, scan and email or fax the form to 202-266-8501 ASAP.

Access the AIA Quality Assurance Statement Form

Use the IBS Presentation Templates

For the 2016 IBS, we have once again created a PowerPoint template that will make your presentation shine!  This template follows the NAHB branding guidelines and incorporates the look and feel of the 2016 International Builders’ Show marketing and on-site materials. This ensures that IBS Education presentations will have a cohesive, professional and unified appearance. We have also considered your feedback and are giving you, the speaker, more flexibility with the template and have reduced the amount of IBS branding on each slide, allowing for more content space. 

There are slides in the PowerPoint template that are required for ALL IBS Education presentations and additional slides that are required for AIA Approved IBS Education. Please read all of the instructions carefully. 

Using Keynote or Prezi? No problem. Information regarding these presentation formats can be found using the link below. 

Access the Presentation Template and Requirements 

Register Before You Arrive in Las Vegas

All speakers are offered a complimentary full registration and a complimentary spouse registration to the show (access to exhibits and education on all show days) and should register as soon as possible. 

To register, follow the link below to a special speaker registration site. Please note, this is a separate registration site just for IBS Education Speakers and you cannot access the speaker registration using the regular IBS registration site.

Access 2016 IBS Education Speaker Registration

If you register after December 18th, your materials will need to be picked up onsite in the Speaker Ready Room, North 258. Please see the Speaker Ready Room hours below. 

Take Advantage of the Speaker Ready Room
The Speaker Ready Room is in room North 258 of the Las Vegas Convention Center and is equipped with computer stations to review presentations, tech assistance for troubleshooting and snacks and coffee to keep you "buzzing" throughout the day. 

The Speaker Ready Room is available to speakers and moderators of official IBS Education sessions only.

Speakers are highly encouraged to check into the Speaker Ready Room prior to their session time and test your presentations, especially if it contains video files, was created on a Mac computer or includes audience response. 

Speaker Ready Room Hours:

Monday, January 18 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday, January 19 | 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, January 20 | 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thurssday, January 21 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

If you are unable to speak on your session for any reason or have other urgent issues to address, please email Kirby Simmering at ksimmering@nahb.org. After January 17, call the Speaker Ready Room at 702-943-3884 during the hours listed above. 

Bringing Your Presentatin to IBS & Arriving at Your Session Room

Please bring your presentation files on a flash drive to your session room. 

IBS Education presenters should plan on arriving at their session rooms 45-60 minutes prior to the session start time to load presentations and get acquainted with the space.

Announcements & Session Evaluations

Announcements will be available on the stage of each room listing important housekeeping items that must be read at the beginning and end of each session. Either the moderator or individual speaker of the program can make these announcements. One of these announcements will reference the evaluation form for your session that will be distributed to each attendee. These evaluation results are critical for our future decisions in selecting education topics and speakers; it is extremely important that you remind attendees about these evaluations at both the start and finish of your presentation. We ask that you not add more announcements and/or offer lengthy speaker introductions. Please remember that most sessions are just 60 minutes long. Attendees have told us that they want to maximize their learning time and have therefore asked that we significantly shorten introductions and announcements.   

Self-Promotion & Distributing Handouts


Speaker promotional materials are strictly prohibited from IBS Education Sessions. If you have copies of educational, non-branded handouts to distribute for your session, you may place them on the literature table located near the entrance to the session room. For logistical purposes, we do not allow handouts or any other materials to be handed out at the door or placed on the seats in the session rooms.

Additionally, speakers or their representatives should not hand out any promotional materials/literature/giveaways and/or use the common areas and hallways of the convention center to solicit business or promote themselves, their companies or their sessions. This practice, referred to as "suitcasing," is also strictly prohibited.  


Handouts are available online now to all show attendees so that they may print them in advance of the Show. Handouts are not printed by NAHB.

If you missed the handout deadline, please email the file to ibsedu@nahb.org ASAP so that it will be listed on your session details page on www.BuilderShow.com. Please note that there is a 2MB limit on all handouts.

Session Recordings

Most IBS Education sessions are audio recorded. If your session was recorded, you are eligible to receive a complimentary copy of your session recording. During the Show, visit the Mobiltape booth in the Central Concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center to place your order. 

Session Room Sets & Audio Visual Technology

Education is better than ever and so are our room sets!  There are 3 types of education room sets:

Building Knowledge (Standard) & Master sessions will have a riser set with bar height chairs, a high cocktail table for presenter materials (we will not be using podiums) and wireless lavaliere/lapel microphones. The room will also have an LCD projector (4:3 screen ratio) and screen, as well as audience microphones for Q & A in larger set spaces. Presentations will be run from the AV technician station computers (PC) set in each room. 

Innovation Hub sessions will have a riser set with bar height chairs, a high cocktail table for presenter materials (we will not be using podiums) and wireless lavaliere/lapel microphones. The room will also have dual LCD projection (16:9 screen ratio). Presentations will assisted by an AV technician stationed in the room. Specialty seating will further enhance the learning environment. 

Spotlight sessions are utilizing a unique stage design. The stage is set in the center of the room bringing the audience as close as possible to the presenters, enhancing their engagement and creating an intimate learning environment, even with seating for over 700 attendees. Audio visual technology will include presentations screens above the center staging (16:9 screen ratio), wireless lavaliere microphones, specialty stage and room lighting and an AV production team. 

Select sessions were offered Audience Response Technology and were contacted regarding this technology in October. Speakers are not permitted to provide their own Audience Response Technology or any other outside AV technology without prior approval.  

Rules & Presentation Guidelines for Speakers at IBS
Please see the "IBS Speaker Presentation Guidelines" document included in your initial speaker email. If you did not receive this, email us.  
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Presenter Skills Webinars

We have worked with one of the premier leadership and communications experts in the country, Kristi Hedges, to create a series of five “presenter skills” webinars for IBS speakers. Kristi has advised a variety of Fortune 500 executives, consulted for US Presidential campaigns and writes about communications regularly for The Washington Post, Entrepreneur.com, CNBC and others—so this is an incredibly valuable library of training tools at your disposal.

Below you will find two groups/levels of webinars. If you think of these in terms of college studies, in 2014, Kristi presented the undergrad courses (Foundational), and in 2015 she taught the Masters level info (Advanced). The five part series will provide you with a comprehensive look at presentation best practices. To watch, simply click on any of the linked titles. Webinars are approximately 45-60 minutes in length.  

Foundational Webinars:

Advanced Webinars:

Presenter Skills Webinars FAQs:

Why did we create this webinar series?
First and foremost, IBS attendees have asked us to raise the bar in terms of education we offer at IBS. That means improving content, but also better engagement of the audience and providing a better attendee experience. With the latter becoming increasingly important (and difficult), you will find these webinars focus heavily on audience engagement techniques. We want attendees to walk away from your session and from IBS saying they just got the absolute best education the industry has to offer, and we believe these webinars will put you in a position to hear exactly that.

Additionally, all IBS sessions and speakers are evaluated by attendees and these evaluation ratings are an important factor used in the selection of future IBS programs and speakers. If we are going to place a heavy emphasis on ratings, it only makes sense that we provide you with industry-leading resources that will help you develop and deliver the best sessions possible.

Should all speakers watch these webinars?
Yes, all speakers are highly encouraged to utilize these webinars. There is a reason the country’s top execs are paying Kristi handsomely for her coaching—even the most seasoned speakers and leaders can learn new ways to be better communicators and presenters. 

If you are new to speaking at IBS, we recommend taking advantage of all the available webinars; and for our veteran IBS presenters, please feel free to revisit critical parts of these or watch those you may have missed in previous years. Not only will Kristi help with your IBS presentation, the information she provides will be invaluable for your own companies (and you will be getting it for free!).

Why should you be excited about learning from Kristi Hedges?

  • In addition to being a best-selling author, a consultant for U.S. Presidential campaigns, and a business owner like many of you, Kristi has spent 20 years teaching CEOs and top execs how to communicate more effectively. 
  • Her client list is a who’s who of the Fortune 500, government and non-profit worlds, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft, the US Treasury Department, NASA, and the SEC, just to name a few. 
  • She also writes about leadership and communications regularly for Forbes.com, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Reuters, MSNBC.com, CNBC, and the BBC. 


IBS 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for speaking at 2016 NAHB International Builders' Show is now closed. Speakers and submitters were informed of their proposal status via email in July 2015. If you missed this year's deadline, but have interested in speaking at IBS 2017, please check back in early 2016. We expect the RFP to open again in March 2016. 

NAHB will begin accepting IBS Education sessions proposals in March for the 2017 International Builders' Show in Orlando January 10-12, 2017. We will send an email to all 2016 IBS Education speakers with deadlines and submission guidelines after the conclusion of the 2016 IBS.

Additional Speaking Opportunities at NAHB

Find up-to-date information regarding speaking opportunities at all NAHB conferences.


For General Inquiries: ibsedu@nahb.org
For questions regarding speaker deadlines, requirements, onsite logistics, etc., please contact: 
Monica Sober DeNio, CMP – Director, Meetings & Special Events
For questions regarding session content or submitting a proposal to speak at the IBS, please contact: 
Kirby Simmering – Director, IBS Education