Key dates

  • Online submission opens
    Oct. 3, 2018

  • Closes
    Jan. 9, 2019

  • Notification
    Feb. 8, 2019

  • Confirmation of acceptance
    Mar. 30, 2019

  • Conference
    Aug. 15-18, 2019


Call for Presentations

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2019 NCRA Convention & Expo presentations

Thank you for your interest in participating as a presenter at the 2019 NCRA Convention & Expo.


The NCRA Convention & Expo is the Association’s premiere membership event, and it’s the annual opportunity where the entire Association comes together for networking, education, inspiration, and professional development.

The information below has been designed to assist you in developing a seminar proposal for the 2019 NCRA Convention & Expo. For additional information, please refer to the Seminar proposal submission section below.


Convention purpose

The Convention program provides benefits to attendees on both educational and professional levels and provides value by enhancing their technical, managerial, and leadership skills. The Convention program topics listed below are used to define a recurring Convention program that draws attendees back year after year by focusing on the important and future issues affecting the profession.


Convention topics

The Convention program topics cover four key areas within the professions. Each topic has examples of subtopics to define presentation proposals within these broad topic areas. Prospective presenters should select the topic area for the general subject and then choose the more specific subtopic to better describe the presentation and learning objectives for the proposed seminar. Presentations are usually 60 or 75 minutes with the last few minutes left for questions.

You may submit a seminar proposal that doesn't fall within these categories if you believe it will be relevant to the 2019 Convention attendees.


State of the industry/profession

  • workforce
  • state and federal regulations
  • official, freelance, or captioning
  • steno



  • automation
  • software training
  • realtime
  • trends in technology


Professional development

  • ethics
  • leadership/management skills
  • marketing/advertising
  • business development
  • health and wellness


Teaching & learning

  • court reporting education
  • captioning education
  • legal videography education



Call for presenters


Call for presenters


Call for presenters


Selection criteria

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Education Content Committee based on the criteria below:

  • Completed and submitted by Jan. 9, 2019.
  • Relevant to the defined Convention topics and the professions.
  • Attracts and stimulates synergistic and collaborative discussion.
  • Provides current, practical, and/or innovative content.
  • Offers clearly defined learning objectives.


Seminar proposal submission

All proposal material must be submitted through the online form below. To create and submit your proposal, you will need to provide the following:

  1. Contact information: Title, organization, address, phone, and email address
  2. Biography: A short bio of the presenter(s)
  3. Convention topic: Select the topic that  most closely aligns with your proposed seminar
  4. Target audience: Beginners, advanced, all
  5. Proposed seminar title: Make it provocative and compelling!
  6. A description of your proposed seminar: Include the learning objectives* and what attendees will take away from the seminar. Please limit your description to no more than 150 words.
  7. Number of presenters: Include the number of people who will be presenting (ex. 1, 2, panel)

* Learning objectives are needed to identify and award continuing education units (CEUs) during the Convention. Learning objectives are measurable and reflect what the attendees will achieve/learn by participating or attending the seminar. The following are a couple of good examples of seminar descriptions with learning objectives:

Captioning Hamilton: Theater Captioning 101

Intrigued by theater captioning? This seminar will guide participants through all the ins and outs of theater captioning. You will learn how to prepare for a live theater production and work with a play script, director, actors, and anyone inside the exciting theater world!

Getting It Done Right: Making Brief Interventions Work for Teachers

Helping teachers more effectively deliver and adapt brief academic interventions is critical to improving student outcomes. Learn common barriers and how to share simple strategies that busy teachers can successfully employ.


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Benefits of presenting

  • Enjoy a complimentary "Seminars-only Registration".
  • Earn CEUs by attending educational offerings.
  • Earn PDCs by presenting your session.
  • Grow your network.
  • Opportunity to present approved session via webinar after the Convention for the members who could not attend in person.
  • Opportunity to purchase a "Speakers-only  Networking Registration" at $425.




Questions? Contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at