Speaker Resources

This page is continuously updated with speaker information, deadlines and announcements as we prepare for the 2015 IBS. 


Nov. 21: Presenter PowerPoint Template now available. 

Nov. 11: Presenter Skills Webinars are now available. 

Oct. 31: AIA Quality Assurance Statements, NAHB Releases, Speaker Headshots, Media Sites, Biographies, and AV Special Requests are due!

Aug. 29: Email sent to all speakers with their confirmed session date & time assignment as well as speaker registration information. 

Requirements & Information 

A summary of all speaker requirements and deadlines is listed below in chronological order. Please click on each topic area to reach detailed explanations of each item.

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.  
Session Updates
Your session description and learning outcomes were reviewed by a copy editor to ensure correct grammar and punctuation, readability and marketability.  We ask that you review this edited version to make certain it is accurate and that the original intent of your content has not been altered in any way. Also, please note that the deadline to add, change or remove speakers from your sessions has passed. Any speaker changes going forward may result in cancellation of your session. If you have any questions regarding the content of your session or speakers, please email Kirby Simmering, Director, IBS Education.

Many speaker requirements require the use of our online content management system – ISES (Integrated Speaker Education System). Written instructions on how to access ISES are below:

  1. To access ISES, visit www.nahb.org/ises
  2. If your name does not already appear at the top of the NAHB website, you will be prompted to login. Your user name is your email address and your password is the same password used to login to nahb.org. If you have forgotten your password, click on the link "Forgot Your Password" and your login information will be emailed to you. 
  3. Once you are logged in, you will see a list of your active sessions under the 2015 International Builders' Show header. Click on each session to open it and begin making edits.
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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’s below.

2015 IBS Speaker Skills Webinars FAQ’s

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’s 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.

PowerPoint Template for the 2015 IBS Education Sessions

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 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. 

Access the PowerPoint Template and Requirements 


Speaker Contact Information Update | Due ASAP

After logging into ISES and finding your session details (using the instructions above), use the following instructions to update your contact information: 

  1. Scroll down to the "Speakers" section and verify that your contact information is correct. If it is not, you will be able to edit it directly in ISES by clicking the hyperlinked text "Edit Contact Information".
  2. After updating your information, click "Submit" in the "Edit Contact Information" popup window.
  3. Click "Update" again at the bottom of the session listing to save your edits.  

This information is used for www.BuildersShow.com as well as the printed IBS Show Guide. Please note that you will only be able to edit contact information for your own user profile. 

*New for 2015* Add a Secondary Contact Email

Many speakers have multiple email addresses and/or assistants and other office personnel that organize your speaking engagement details. Using the same instructions above, you will be able to access a new field called "secondary email address" for you to input an additional email address to receive all of your speaker information emails sent by NAHB. 

License & Release Agreements | This deadline has passed. Due ASAP

An NAHB License & Release Agreement is required by for all IBS Education presenters. These agreements are available in electronic format. 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 (2) 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

AIA Quality Assurance Statements | This deadline has passed. Due ASAP

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

Headshots, Media Sites & Biographies | This deadline has passed. Due ASAP
We will once again be offering enhanced speaker listings on www.BuildersShow.com. These enhancements include the ability to view speaker headshots, media sites (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) as well as biographies. To add or update these fields for your profile, please log into ISES and select one of your active session listings. When viewing the details of your session in ISES, please scroll down to the "Speakers" section and click the hyperlinked text under name to edit the section you would like to submit. After updating your information, click "Submit" in the popup window and click "Submit" again at the bottom of the session listing to save your edits.

Biographies: Biographies are limited to 1500 characters (includes spacing, punctuation, etc.) or less. Please edit your biography to be the appropriate length in advance.

Media Sites (optional): Please double-check your websites and make sure the address entered into the field is a working URL. 

Headshots (optional): Follow the instruction listed within the popup screen to upload a professional photo of yourself. Do not upload any other type of image (such as a company logo).

All websites, photos and biographies, as with all other information loaded into ISES, are subject to staff review and can be edited or removed at any time.

Session Room Set & Submitting Audio Visual Special Requests | This deadline has passed. Due ASAP

Education is better than ever and so are our room sets!  There are three (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 lavaliere/lapel microphones. The room will also have a LCD projectors and screen, as well as audience microphones for larger set spaces. Presentations will be run from the AV technician station computers (PC) set in each room. Select sessions will be provided Audience Response Technology. You will be contacted by December if this technology is available in for your session.

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 lavaliere/lapel microphones. The room will also have dual LCD projection 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. Select sessions will be provided Audience Response Technology. You will be contacted by December if this technology is available in for your session. Presenters with sessions using this room set will be contacted with additional information.

Spotlight Sessions take place in a special set room that is redesigned every year to keep the learning experience exciting and engaging.  This room seats over 700 attendees and is our largest set. Audio visual technology will include multiple presentations screens, wireless lavaliere microphones, specialty stage and room lighting and an AV production team. Presenters with sessions using this room set will be contacted with additional information.

Requests for additional AV equipment must be submitted for approval in advance. The deadline for Special Requests has now passed. Please note that speakers are not permitted to provide their own Audience Response System or any other outside AV Technology without prior approval. Contact Monica Sober DeNio if you have any questions. 

Hotel Accommodations | Deadline: Dec. 19, 2014

Hotel accommodations can be reserved while you are registering for the show (see speaker registration information section below). The deadline for reserving accommodations through NAHB in one of the official show hotels (serviced by the complimentary IBS shuttle on all show days) is Dec. 19. After this date, you will have to make housing arrangements by contacting the hotels directly. Don’t wait until the deadline – registering early dramatically improves your chances of securing a room in your preferred hotel.

Speaker Registration & Credential Mailing | Deadline: Dec. 19, 2014

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. The deadline to pre-register and have your credentials mailed to you in advance Dec. 19. After Dec. 19, online registration will remain open through the last day of the show; however your materials must then be picked up on-site.

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 IBS Education Speaker Registration

Handouts for Education Sessions | Deadline: Jan. 6, 2015

Handouts are a valuable resource to IBS attendees and provide a great way to distribute anything that is too lengthy or complex for presenting orally.

Suggestions of appropriate handouts include:

  • Articles (written by the presenter)
  • Data/spreadsheets
  • Definitions and examples
  • Diagrams, charts
  • Outline of or notes on your presentation
  • PowerPoint presentations formatted as a handout (3 per page with notes or 6 per page)

All submitted handouts must be in 8 ½” by 11” format and there is a 2MB limit on all handouts. Copyright material that does not belong to you as well as printed booklets, pamphlets, brochures, company marketing materials, etc. will be deleted from session profiles.

Handouts will be available online to all show attendees a week prior to the show. Attendees will then be able to download and print handouts for the sessions they plan to attend. Handouts are not printed and distributed by NAHB at the Show.

To submit a handout:

  1. Log into ISES (using the instruction found at the top of this page) and select the appropriate session.
  2. Scroll to the “Handouts” section. Your handout name will default to the session title however, you can edit it if you would like. Note: If you are uploading more than one handouts, you will need to make sure each one has a unique file name. 
  3. Click the “Browse” button. Locate the file on your computer and click “Open” to select the file for submission. 
  4. Click “Upload". Your file should now appear in the “Handout” section and it should state that the file was uploaded successfully.
  5. Click “Update” at the bottom of the screen to save your submission.

If you have any problems uploading documents in ISES or have questions regarding handouts please contact a member of our team.

Please note that Master Sessions have unique handouts guidelines and deadlines. If you are participating in a Master Session, you will be contacted directly with information regarding your handouts.


IBS 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for speaking at IBS 2015 is now closed. Speakers and submitters will be informed of their proposal status via email in July 2014. If you missed this year's deadline, but have interested in speaking at IBS 2016, please check back in early 2015. We expect the RFP to open again in March. 

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, 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