Tips for Session Development

While FNCE does not have a specific theme tied to the educational sessions, please ask yourself the following questions during the development process:

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Session Layout


  • A creative, effective, short description of the objectives and session content.
  • Limited to 10 words or less.

Objectives, Learning Need Codes and CPE Level

  • Provide up to three objectives describing the outcomes resulting from the presentation.
  • A learning objective should complete the following statement with an observable and measurable verb:
    After this presentation, the attendee should be able to …
  • The following verbs are not acceptable when writing learning objectives: know, learn, grasp, enhance, understand, appreciate and improve.
  • Learning Need Codes and CPE Level
    List three Learning Need Codes applicable to the topic of the session, and the level of material to be presented.

Speaker Outline

  • Briefly describe each speaker's topic as it relates to the session's objectives, including teaching methods.
  • Highlight any new and/or significant contributions and/or cutting-edge information to the profession.
  • Include any unique audiovisual or special equipment in this outline.

Presentation Format

Due to extensive attendee evaluation data and feedback, all educational sessions proposed for FNCE® 2015 must fit the following layout:

90 Minute, 2 Speaker Educational Session

  • 5 minutes of introductions,
  • Maximum of two speakers
  • Speaker 1 – Non-member or Member expert
  • Speaker 2 – Member expert
  • Mandatory 10 to 15 minutes for interaction and Q&A.

Presentation Style

  • FNCE® rooms have a minimum of 500 seats available per session set in theater style.
  • Consider demonstrations, debate, consensus generation, issue identification, case presentations, interactive activities or lecture for the presentation format.
  • A session that incorporates a structured, interactive format is highly recommended.


  • A two- to three-sentence focus statement explaining the session content and rationale for the presentation to conference attendees.
  • This statement may be used in promotional materials that describe the session and should be reflective of the previously stated objectives.

Biographical Sketch

  • Program planner must include a biographical sketch on the online form for each speaker highlighting accomplishments, publications, research, work experience and presentations within the last two years. Current contact information for each speaker must also be provided.
  • In addition, a resume or CV must be provided for each speaker. These can be copied into the proposal or emailed later.

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