Speaker Resources

Preparing for the Final Stretch... 


IBS is just around the corner! Below you will find all of the last minute details you need to prepare for your IBS Education Session. 

Be Sure You Submitted A Signed NAHB Release & AIA Quality Assurance Statement (if applicable)

An NAHB License & Release Agreement is required by for all IBS Education presenters.  Please fill in the session title and date exactly as it appears in the education search and the presenter’s full name on each document, then sign and return. You may list up to two (2) sessions on each form. 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 must sign and return the AIA Quality Assurance Statement. This form is required 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 Education PowerPoint Templates 

For the 2015 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 2015 International Builders’ Show marketing and onsite 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.  

Access the PowerPoint Template and Requirements 

Register Before You Arrive in Las Vegas

All IBS Education 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 pre-register as soon as possible. Pre-registered speakers will be able to pickup a copy of their credentials at any “Advance Registration” counter in the IBS Registration Area in the South Hall, Level 2, Exhibit Hall S3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center or in the Speaker Ready Room. Speakers who do not pre-register must register at the “Speaker Registration” counter in IBS Registration Area.  

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. You cannot access the speaker registration using the regular IBS registration site.

Access IBS Education Speaker Registration

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 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 or was created on a Mac computer.
Speaker Ready Room Hours:
Sunday, January 18 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, January 19 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 20 | 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, January 21 | 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, January 22 | 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 Monica Sober DeNio at msober@nahb.org. After January 16, call the Speaker Ready Room at 702-943-3884 during the hours listed above.
Bringing Your Presentation to IBS & Arriving at Your Education Session Room
Please bring your presentation files on a flash drive to your session room. A limited number of flash drives are available in the Speaker Ready 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 do not add any additional announcements and/or offer lengthy introductions of speakers. Please remember that 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 Set & Audio Visual Technology

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

Building Knowledge (Standard) & Master Sessions will have a riser set with four bar-height chairs, a high cocktail table for presenter materials (we will not be using podiums) and four wireless lavaliere microphones. The room will also have LCD projectors and screens (Standard Session screens have a 4:3 ratio and Master Sessions have a 16:9 ratio), confidence monitors and audience aisle microphones. Presentations will be run from the AV technician station computers (PC) set in each room.

Tech 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 microphones. The room will also have dual LCD projection (with a 16:9 ratio) to enable you to show a PowerPoint presentation on one screen and showcase technology such as an iPad screen on the other. This room will also have wireless Internet for session attendees. Specialty lighting will further enhance the learning environment. Presentations will assisted by an AV technician stationed in the room.

Spotlight Sessions have a special stage set in the center of the room, bringing all of the audience close to the presenters, enhancing their engagement and creating an intimate learning environment, even with seating for 750 attendees. Audiovisual technology will include presentation screens above the center staging, wireless lavaliere microphones, specialty lighting and an full AV production team. .

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

Rules &  Guidelines for Speaking at IBS
Speakers are expected to enjoy a positive reputation in the business community. NAHB members should ensure that their membership dues payments are current. NAHB does reserve the right to withdraw invitations to speak at any time. We also must remind you that sessions should be brand and vendor neutral and promotion of specific product brands, services technologies, etc. are prohibited and outlined in the Speaker License & Release. For additional guidelines, 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
For those who spoke at IBS last year, you’ll remember we offered a series of speaker skills webinars led by one of the premier leadership and communications experts in the country, Kristi Hedges. We are excited to again be working with Ms. Hedges to bring you two new, advanced webinars this year. All speakers are asked to participate and pre-registration is required. 
For more information about our Speaker Skills Webinar series and to register, please review our FAQ below.

2015 IBS Speaker Skills Webinars FAQ

What do you need to do?

  • All IBS Speakers – Whether new to speaking at IBS or seasoned veterans, all speakers are required (please see additional FAQ below) to participate in our two new webinars. As these webinars are exclusively for IBS speakers, you will need to pre-register in order to receive login instructions. To do so, simply click on the registration links below.  If you have a scheduling conflict on either of these days and will not be able to attend, please contact IBS Director of Education, Kirby Simmering
  • New IBS Speakers – In addition to participating in our two new webinars, we ask that you also review our speaker skills webinar recordings from last year (prior to Nov. 20, if possible).  Our two new webinars will build upon last year’s series.  These recording can be accessed via the links below.  Each of the recordings is 45-60 minutes in length.

Where can you register for/access these webinars?

2015 IBS Webinar Schedule
Our full webinar schedule is as follows. For a description of each program and to register, please click the below link. Prior to the live event, you will receive an email with specific login instructions.  All webinars are free to attend. 

  • Webinar #1 – 7 Strategies to Leave a Lasting Impression: How to Create Memorability with Your Content and Speaking Style
    Thursday, Nov. 20; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET
    Access the Replay (registration will be required to access the replay.)
  • Webinar #2 – 7 Strategies to Increase Audience Participation: How to Encourage Discussion and Dialogue for a Truly Interactive Presentation
    Tuesday, Dec. 2; 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET
    Access the Replay (registration will be required to access the replay.)

2014 IBS Webinar Replays
For new speakers and for those who wish to revisit some of the basics Ms. Hedges addressed last year. Webinar replays are free to access.

Why do we ask you to participate in these webinars?

All IBS sessions and speakers are evaluated by attendees and these evaluation scores are an important factor used in the selection of future IBS programs and speakers.  Also, IBS attendees have asked us to raise the level of education we offer at IBS, and while we have adjusted the way we select programs, we have not offered much in the way of resources for you, our speakers. If we are going to place a heavy emphasis on your evaluation scores and raising the level of our education, it only makes sense that we provide your with industry-leading resources that will help you develop and deliver the best sessions possible. 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.

Why should you be excited about working with 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, Ms. Hedges 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 nonprofit 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. 
  • Whether you are new to speaking at IBS or a seasoned veteran, you are sure to pick up tips from Ms. Hedges that will help you raise your skill level—and your evaluation ratings.

Is it required that you attend these webinars? 

Yes, we ask that you do participate in our webinars. However, this request should in no way be seen as a punitive measure. There is a reason the country’s top execs are paying Ms. Hedges handsomely for her coaching—even the most veteran speakers and leaders can learn new ways to be better communicators and presenters. Not only will Ms. Hedges help with your IBS presentation, the information she provides will be invaluable for your own companies (and you will be getting it for free!).  Please also keep in mind that ‘speaker experience’ is a factor that our selection committee weighs when choosing speakers for future shows.  They seek content experts, but also look for those who are committed to improving their presentation skills.  We will be collecting attendance data from these webinars and including it in the information reviewed by our selection committee in subsequent years – your attendance will certainly demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and be looked upon favorably.   

Will you be able to access recordings these webinars?

Yes.  All three of our IBS 2014 webinars were recorded and are available as replays above.  Our two new webinars will also be recorded and made available to you. Again, our first three webinars were meant to be building blocks for this year’s more advanced sessions. The five-part series will provide you with a comprehensive look at presentation best practices and will be an invaluable library of resources for you going forward.



IBS 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP)

NAHB will begin accepting IBS Education sessions proposals in March for the 2016 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, January 19-21, 2016. We will send an email to all 2015 IBS Education speakers with deadlines and submission guidelines after the conclusion of the 2015 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, Convention Education & Event Logistics
For questions regarding session content or submitting a proposal to speak at the IBS, please contact: 
Kirby Simmering - Director, IBS Education