Speaker Resources

This page is continuously updated with speaker information, deadlines and announcements as we prepare for the 2016 IBS. 

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 Details & Updates
Your session description and learning outcomes were reviewed by a copyeditor 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. Please review your session details in ISES using the instructions below or on www.BuildersShow.com using the Education & Events search. If you have any questions regarding the content of your session or speakers, please email Kirby Simmering.

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


  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 2016 International Builders's Show header. Click on each session to open it and begin making edits.
PowerPoint Presentation for the 2016 IBS Education Sessions

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 

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. Presenters with sessions using this room set will be contacted with additional information.

The deadline for Audio Visual Special Requests has already passed.  Requests were reviewed and approved if it was logistically reasonable and the budget allowed. Speakers are not permitted to provide their own Audience Response System or any other outside AV Technology. 

Spread the Word

We'd love your help in getting the word out! Please spread the word about your speaking engagement!

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. 


Speaker Contact Information Update | Deadline: 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. 

Add a Secondary Contact Email

Many speakers have multiple email addresses and/or assistants and other office personnel that organize speaking engagement details. Using the same instructions above, you will be able to access a 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 | Deadline: October 9, 2015  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 | Deadline: October 9, 2015   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 | Deadline: October 9, 2015   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).

You can see how your profile appears on www.BuildersShow.com anytime by selecting your name in the Speaker Listings

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.

Hotel Accommodations | Deadline: December 18, 2015

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 December 18. 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: December 18, 2015

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 December 18. After December 18, 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 2016 IBS Education Speaker Registration

Handouts for Education Sessions | Deadline: January 6, 2016

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 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. 

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., plese 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