Interested in becoming a speaker at PACT? Review our Membership Meeting Information and complete the Speaker Submission Form. If you have already signed up to speak at PACT, you will find the Presentation Content Tips helpful as you create your presentation.
Membership Meeting Information
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area of Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. With a membership of over 200 learning practitioners and vendors who represent many Fortune 100 companies, PACT connects industry innovators with ambitious achievers.
- Mission: The mission of PACT is to provide opportunities for learning, networking, and the exchange of ideas among technical training professionals.
- Vision: PACT exists to inspire technical training professionals to lead, develop, explore, network, and grow themselves and their organizations in a fun and motivating environment.
Our membership is comprised of approximately 200 total members. You can expect between 50 – 125 attendees at a meeting. Our members are:
- Vendors who develop and deliver learning opportunities on technology topics (instructor-led, e-learning, electronic performance support, learning management systems, and written documentation)
- Independent consultants supporting all learning functions
- Corporate professionals who direct learning activities and change management for technology-centric programs
Meetings are held the second Friday of every month.
- 8:00 – 8:30 am: Set-up and registration
- 8:30 – 9:05 am: Business meeting including board reports
- 9:05 – 9:30 am: Networking
- 9:30 – 11:00 am: Keynote speaker presentation
Our monthly meetings are held at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley, MN. The venue offers:
- 16 oval tables of 8 (approximately 3 deep)
- Presenter area on long side, includes screen with projection display
The room is too large to use flip charts effectively as a method to display content. However, please provide us with the details if you would like a different set up.
Presentation Content Tips
- Roles include independent consultants, corporate practitioners, and vendors
- Audience size is from 50 – 125 attendees
- Mix of large and small global companies
- Report to IT, HR, and business areas of their organizations
- Many members help support the needs of technology professionals (application developers, network specialists, database administrators). However, not all of our members have strong technology backgrounds. Technology-focused content should be presented in a manner that is easy to follow and understand by those at intermediate skill level, and yet still be engaging for those at an advanced level.
- Audience prefers active participation, such as case studies, meaningful exercises, and discussions
- Meeting attendees will ask questions or engage the speaker during the presentation. Communicate your preference for how you want to take questions during your presentation.
- Examples, tools, and information work best when applicable to varying sizes and types of organizations.
- A list of resources to complement the presentation information is recommended. Format is the choice of the presenter.
- PACT requests permission to post an electronic copy of presentation and handouts on the members-only section of the PACT website.
- Make only minimal references to company-specific products or activities. This should be for sharing information, not selling.
- If you choose, bring your own promotional pieces. However, company-specific information or literature can be available on a specific information sharing table, but not passed out as part of the presentation.
PACT brings high quality presentations to our small membership. We promote our speakers before, during, and after their presentation. This often results in new business opportunities and future speaking venues.
Specific payments for services will be discussed. Some options include:
- Travel and expenses
- Nominal stipend (if needed)
- Charitable donation (determined by speaker)