“All presentations are performances. And all performances are in service to your audience. Their time is valuable, so honor that time by delivering the best presentation you can. No matter what kind of presentation you are giving, you must find ways to create authentic audience connection, engagement, and value.”

 –  Mary Abbajay, Forbes

Guidelines for creating, saving, uploading/sharing, and presenting your work at the virtual Sustainability and Development Conference. 


SDC Organizers will add you to the event and you will receive a welcome email with a link to your own personal Speaker Portal.

You need an 8-10 minute pre-recorded presentation, saved as an mp4. There are multiple ways to do this. We recommend recording directly in Microsoft Powerpoint:

In Microsoft Powerpoint (slides and audio narration only; no video of you speaking)

  1. Select Slide Show > Record Slide Show.
  2. Choose option “Record from Beginning”
  3. When you’re ready, select Record and start speaking.
  4. To record from a specific slide, go to it, and then select Record.
  5. Note: Narration won’t record when slide transitions happen so let these play first before you start speaking.
  6. Manage narration and timings
    1. Pause – to pause a recording
    2. Stop – to end a recording
    3. Replay – to replay a recording
    4. Save – save your recording as an mp4 video file

Recording through Zoom: See here for detailed instructions. The advantage of using Zoom is that the recording will include your presentation slides as well as a video of you speaking.


Upload your MP4 video file presentation either (1) directly to your Pheedloop Speaker Portal to your personal SDC Google Folder, as shared by conference organizers. For access issues, please email us: umsusdev@umich.edu

Organizers will upload and connect your prerecorded presentation to your session. These presentations will be available for advanced viewing by conference attendees.

Live presentation

Your session will have a chair (a fellow conference attendee). The chair will introduce the session and each speaker. They will ask you to share your screen when it is your turn to present. Please be ready to share the full screen version of slides.

Your live presentation will be a shorter version of your pre-recorded presentation. Aim for 5-6 minutes.  If you are in a session with only three presentations, you may aim for 7-8 minutes.

The chair will help monitor time, but please be respectful of your fellow participants and keep to time! 

After the presentations, the chair will facilitate a discussion through the Q&A and chat functions of the session.