WELCOME EVENT SPEAKERS!

2023 Speaker Information

Welcome and thank you for becoming a speaker for Methods to the Madness 2023, our first online homeschool event. We’re grateful for this opportunity and pray it will bless all participants.

We are working hard to curate helpful, encouraging, and inspirational resources for families in the homeschool community. We’re also enthusiastic about the families who will grow about from your workshop and learn about products and services you may provide. We’re determined to strengthen the culture within the homeschool community in which homeschoolers support homeschoolers.

As we prepare for the event, we want to make sure you are informed and in the loop. In addition to reading details on the Speaker Information Page, you can expect to receive at least one monthly Sponsor Announcement Email. We will do our best to provide clear, concise, and timely information to you in all our communications.

Methods to the Madness

A Free, Online & Interactive Homeschool Event

June 26-30, 2023

9am to 1pm MST

SPEAKER KIT

Speaker Schedule (Mountain Standard Time; subject to change)

Monday, June 26, 2023

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Friday, June 30, 2023

Each Workshop includes a presentation on the listed topic and a Q&A Sessions. 

Schedule subject to change

Your participation allows us to make an impact in the lives of many families across the nation.

Most homeschool graduates do not have a grade-school alma mater, so by becoming a speaker you are pouring back into the next generation. 

As an event speaker, you will be exposed to our network of homeschool families across the nation. This is our first event so we look forward to expanding our network to benefit more homeschooling families and connect them with businesses and resources within the homeschool community.

Homeschool families are of different demographics, family sizes, interests, goals, and different stages of their homeschooling journey.

The entire HSD team appreciates you taking the time to share your passion and expertise at this event. 

There are a few important goals for the event

  • Our goal is to bring together experienced and knowledgeable homeschoolers to help support current and next generation homeschool families.

  • In addition to provoking meaningful conversations, this event hopes to help families foster a love of God, a love of learning, good character, inspiration, and wonder in their homes and communities.

  • We want to offer attendees actionable, practical, and educational content

Here are a few important details for Recording Day:

  • Recording Day Link
    • Google Calendar Invite: You will receive a Google Calendar Invite with a link to your join us in the online studio for your recording.
    • Login Time: Login to the online studio at least 15 minutes before your listed time to ensure you have proper access and to minimize/resolve technical issues.
  •  Slide Presentation
    • Please be sure to edit the Slide Presentation document which is shared with Homeschool Days. Because it is a collaborative document, we’ll both have access to the file when needed. 
    • You’ll use your presentation to guide you through topics based on your approved presentation outline.
    • The final presentation will be added to the video recording post production.
    • This means we’ll use the presentation for the Recording Day but can make adjustments, if needed.
  • Attire: In addition to modesty attire, professionals recommend the following:
    • YES to comfort,  style – sitting for a long time so you’ll want to wear clothes that isn’t too tight, that doesn’t make you too hot, and matches your desired look or brand, if applicable.
    • NO to intense reds – they will bleed and could make the surrounding objects, including your face, appear red.
    • YES to cooler colors like teal, purple, or coral – they will pop more on the screen without affecting how your appearance.
    • NO to patterns – most are problematic and distracting. This includes plaids, narrow stripes, and zig-zags. Larger stripes are okay.
  • Background: Make sure you have a clean and tidy background. A single light, well-kept plants, and/or simple wall accessories or a bookshelf are great options.
  • Sound: Make sure you are in a quiet space away from loud and distracting noises. 

Homeschool resources are of abundance. This means that families can find many options to fulfill their home education needs. This also means sorting through all the options can be discouraging and  overwhelming. We want to minimize some of the anxiety with encouragement and knowledge to help families feel competent and confident in their decision to home educate their children. 

Please keep the following in mind when delivering your presentation for your workshop. 

  • Remain on Topic:  Attendees expect to hear content based on the session description.

  • Practical Application: Share practical examples of the how. Rather than focusing on the issue encountered, spend more time on details such as the concrete application, overcoming issues, challenges, unexpected twists, failures, relational impacts, learned lessons and best practices. 

  • Your Opinion Matters: Your unique situation and perspective are important to share. Differing opinions enhance a topic.

  • Avoid Pro Acronyms: Abbreviations and acronyms can confuse attendees if they’re not familiar with the content your presenting. 
  • Slandering Not Allowed: As the saying goes, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s just as easy to share about the aspects you’ve liked on a curriculum or product you’re currently using, as opposed to bashing one you’ve stopped using. Slandering is not acceptable in any Homeschool Days event content. This means, your presentation should not disparage any other method, product, or company.

  • Honest Feedback: During the Q&A session, you may find attendees ask questions about what didn’t work or what you’ve tried and don’t like. In this case, your response should be honest and can include why something didn’t work for you, but should not speak negatively about said topic. For example: Someone may ask about two different math curricula and mention them by name. You can respond similarly, “My children did not grasp the concepts well with a spiral math curriculum. I know families who highly recommend PRODUCT, but it didn’t work for my family. We like how with PRODUCT my children could build upon each skill and review learned skills in each lesson.” This applies to products, services, methods, etc.

  • Dialogue: Keep dialogue relaxed and natural. Most workshop sessions will be followed by a time for Q&A. Although we plan to prepare for likely questions, be open to engaging attendees during this time. 

  • Engagement: Show your passion, establish your confidence,  express your humanity.

Requirements

  • Use the current Methods template in the Homeschool Days Google Drive folder. 
  • Follow the format and flow we have provided in the required presentation template. 
  • Create Presentations using Google Slides
  • Minimum font size of 16 pt
  • Keep slide titles where they are

Be Prepared

  • Please plan to complete your prerecorded worksop presentation in May 2023 during 3-hour interview session with the event moderator. 
  • Please be available at least thirty minutes prior to your live presentation. 

Workshop Format

  • Presentation Session (Pre-recorded 45-minute presentation – interview style with moderator)
  • Q&A Session (Live 45-minute – moderator led, attendee submitted questions)

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions during the main presentation. 

Suggested Presentation Flow

  • Intro (5 minutes max)
  • Content (40 minutes total)
  • Q&A (45 minutes)

Presentation Tips

  • Rehearse and time yourself
  • Be clear, concise, and follow a logical/easy to follow order
  • Capture the audience with captivating slide content
  • One topic per slide
  • Do not rush: Limit slides to content that can be reasonably covered in your allotted presentation time
  • Minimalist slides: too much text can be distracting; keep bullets to a minimum
  • Avoid Animation: Rather than using animation, build graphics over multiple slides
  • Co-speakers: Ensure you work seamlessly together
  • Co-speakers and moderators: Avoid overlapping on points. Finding both commonality and differences is healthy and welcomed.
  • Homeschool Days may edit all visual content for clarity and continuity. 

Q&A Tips

  • Begin your presentation on time
  • Manage your allotted time properly
  • Cover all planned content in your allotted time
  • Plan for questions. Move through questions quickly to get through as many as possible.
  • Not every question must be answered. Avoid answering duplicate questions and questions that need more time to understand. Direct attendees to resources, if needed. 
  • If you don’t know the answer to the question it’s okay. Let them know and move to the next question.
  • Unlike online presentations, we suggest incorporating open dialog and questions during the presentation time, rather than waiting until the end to address questions. 

Use Examples

  • Minimize generalizations: Offer hard facts, case studies, practical real-world scenarios that will help them be more effective or intentional
  • Explain how things work. Teach them how to find solutions to a problem or issue. 

Company Promotions

  • Your presentation should not be used to sell, market, or promote your individual or company products or services. 
  • The moderator will include time within the session for you to briefly share about your products, services, and how attendees can contact you in the future. 

Logistics For In-Person Presentations

  • ALL Breakout rooms will be equipped with the following items:
    • Projector, screen, pre-loaded presentation on master computer
    • Sound equipment and microphones
    • Handheld remote slide advancer
  • Some Breakout rooms will be equipped with the following items:
    • Lectern
    • Audience QA and live polling available through Sli.do

For those who own a related business, you offer quality products and services that homeschool families use and need and we want to see you grow your business with loyal and appreciative customers. Please feel free to use the tips and resources below to promote your business to your current and potential customers. 

  • First Impressions: Websites don’t need to be fancy, but they should be professional and communicate your products and services clearly. Does your business do this? If not, your time will not be wasted by sprucing up your website look and content to increase your potential of a new customer. 
  • Prompt Response: An email or phone call means someone is looking for our business. It’s a hot lead! A prompt response is the only common sense way to avoid missing opportunities. 
  • Customer Service Matters: Once someone contacts your through your website, a warm greeting can go a long way. When people feel appreciated and cared for, they’re more eager to support you…and can be more forgiving when hiccups happen.
  • Good Service: Consistently offering good products and services is a no-brainer to retaining a customer. We all know when someone takes pride in their work. Even the most mundane service can become a life lesson if done by a person with passion. It beams from them and the evidence is clear in the end result. 
  • Stay Connected: By adding an email list to your website, you can be proactive by staying connected with your current and potential customers. If you’re not in an industry that often sends out a newsletter, be creative. You don’t want to spam them with useless information. Consider national holidays – which are a good time to send a warm greeting to your email list. A quarterly update with tips for your customers. Or start by sharing about causes you stand behind, like this event. You may not need to send an email every day, week, or month, but creating a plan to meaningfully communicate is important. 
  • Follow Up: Once the service is rendered or the product is bought, what do you do? Do you follow up? Do you ask for a review? Again, a plan for communication is a part of a strong business strategy.
  • Business for Good: By joining this event, you have labeled yourself as a business with purpose beyond the products and services you provide. That’s a good thing! Consumer’s want to patron businesses who care about offering quality products and services AND who have passion to impact society in positive ways. You can use the resources below to help you share and bring awareness about why you support this important cause.

Sponsor Awareness Flyer

  • Follow us on social media: First, by following Homeschool Days on social media, it easier for us to tag our Sponsors when we see someone requesting a product or service. 
  • Post the flyer on your personal and business social media page with a meaningful caption: This makes it authentic, relatable, and easily shareable by those who see it – plus, our HSD media team has plans to reshare this image on our stories tagging our Sponsor who share it.
  • Print it for your current customers: This is common for brick-and-mortar business to post interesting flyers by the register, storefront window, or regularly viewed bulletin boards. Your customers will likely notice and and grow in loyalty for your company.
  • Include it in your monthly newsletter: By include the graphic in your regular newsletters heading to the event you’ll make more people aware of this event and establish your business as one who cares. 
  • Text it to fellow business owners who support homeschooling: In some states, we need more sponsors in different categories than yours and would appreciate your help to spread the word. We’re thankful for businesses like you who want to see homeschooling grow and families thrive.
  • Extend your impact: We encourage you to extend your impact by letting people know about this event who you personally know by word-of-mouth. Families on this homeschooling journey who need encouragement, guidance and/or inspiration along the way will appreciate your recommendation…and so will we!

As you may know, home education is still only practiced by a minority of the population. Even further, each homeschool family is vastly different, so we want to encourage families to remain steadfast on this path that can feel overwhelmingly peculiar at times. Since this is an online event, it’s important to make connection with your visual presence, written messages, and your replies when you receive a call or email. We want attendees to know our Sponsors care about them and the community they’re a part of. We believe this will provide a positive perception of your business…which is a plus for everyone!

As one of our valued Speakers, we want to see your success and we look forward to a wonderful event ahead!

Blessings to you, your family, and your business!

The Homeschool Days Team

I have no greater joy than to hear of my children walking in truth. – John 1:4

Logistics For In-Person Presentations

  • ALL Breakout rooms will be equipped with the following items:
    • Projector, screen, pre-loaded presentation on master computer
    • Sound equipment and microphones
    • Handheld remote slide advancer
  • Some Breakout rooms will be equipped with the following items:
    • Lectern
    • Audience QA and live polling available through Sli.do

For those who own a related business, you offer quality products and services that homeschool families use and need and we want to see you grow your business with loyal and appreciative customers. Please feel free to use the tips and resources below to promote your business to your current and potential customers. 

  • First Impressions: Websites don’t need to be fancy, but they should be professional and communicate your products and services clearly. Does your business do this? If not, your time will not be wasted by sprucing up your website look and content to increase your potential of a new customer. 
  • Prompt Response: An email or phone call means someone is looking for our business. It’s a hot lead! A prompt response is the only common sense way to avoid missing opportunities. 
  • Customer Service Matters: Once someone contacts your through your website, a warm greeting can go a long way. When people feel appreciated and cared for, they’re more eager to support you…and can be more forgiving when hiccups happen.
  • Good Service: Consistently offering good products and services is a no-brainer to retaining a customer. We all know when someone takes pride in their work. Even the most mundane service can become a life lesson if done by a person with passion. It beams from them and the evidence is clear in the end result. 
  • Stay Connected: By adding an email list to your website, you can be proactive by staying connected with your current and potential customers. If you’re not in an industry that often sends out a newsletter, be creative. You don’t want to spam them with useless information. Consider national holidays – which are a good time to send a warm greeting to your email list. A quarterly update with tips for your customers. Or start by sharing about causes you stand behind, like this event. You may not need to send an email every day, week, or month, but creating a plan to meaningfully communicate is important. 
  • Follow Up: Once the service is rendered or the product is bought, what do you do? Do you follow up? Do you ask for a review? Again, a plan for communication is a part of a strong business strategy.
  • Business for Good: By becoming a sponsor you have labeled yourself as a business with purpose beyond the products and services you provide. That’s a good thing! Consumer’s want to patron businesses who care about offering quality products and services AND who have passion to impact society in positive ways. You can use the resources below to help you share and bring awareness about why you support this important cause.

Sponsor Awareness Flyer

  • Follow us on social media: First, by following Homeschool Days on social media, it easier for us to tag our Sponsors when we see someone requesting a product or service. 
  • Post the flyer on your personal and business social media page with a meaningful caption: This makes it authentic, relatable, and easily shareable by those who see it – plus, our HSD media team has plans to reshare this image on our stories tagging our Sponsor who share it.
  • Print it for your current customers: This is common for brick-and-mortar business to post interesting flyers by the register, storefront window, or regularly viewed bulletin boards. Your customers will likely notice and and grow in loyalty for your company.
  • Include it in your monthly newsletter: By include the graphic in your regular newsletters heading to the event you’ll make more people aware of this event and establish your business as one who cares. 
  • Text it to fellow business owners who support homeschooling: In some states, we need more sponsors in different categories than yours and would appreciate your help to spread the word. We’re thankful for businesses like you who want to see homeschooling grow and families thrive.
  • Extend your impact: We encourage you to extend your impact by letting people know about this event who you personally know by word-of-mouth. Families on this homeschooling journey who need encouragement, guidance and/or inspiration along the way will appreciate your recommendation…and so will we!

As you may know, home education is still only practiced by a minority of the population. Even further, each homeschool family is vastly different, so we want to encourage families to remain steadfast on this path that can feel overwhelmingly peculiar at times. Since this is an online event, it’s important to make connection with your visual presence, written messages, and your replies when you receive a call or email. We want attendees to know our Sponsors care about them and the community they’re a part of. We believe this will provide a positive perception of your business…which is a plus for everyone!

As one of our valued Sponsors, we want to see your success and we look forward to a wonderful event ahead!

Blessings to you, your family, and your business!

The Homeschool Days Team

I have no greater joy than to hear of my children walking in truth. – John 1:4

Most homeschool graduates do not have a grade-school alma mater, so by becoming a speaker you are pouring back into the next generation. 

A Message From the Founders

Homeschool Days was an idea that started in January 2020 with a goal to support the homeschool community. At that time we were a homeschooling family of seven, with our children ranging from toddler to highschool freshman. Like many of you, we started our homeschool research when our first child was still in the belly. We’ve since added another little one to our crew, born in 2022, and look forward to many more years of learning alongside our children.

When we began developing HSD, our hope was to accomplish several important goals:

  • Provide a way for homeschoolers to support fellow homeschoolers (including alumni) during every part of their journey.
  • Make finding resources easier.
  • Make finding local groups and programs easier.
  • Make finding homeschool events easier.
  • Make finding volunteer and job opportunities for homeschool students easier.
  • Financially support homeschool programs and students through educational grants.
  • Create ways for homeschoolers to support homeschoolers.

We are also big fans of homeschooling remaining private, with little to no restrictions, in order to allow families the flexibility to instill a love of learning within each child, and to choose methods and paths that best suit each child’s needs. We understand the concerns of many veteran homeschoolers who have fought and continue to fight for pro-homeschool laws and parental freedoms.

Personally, we’ve been blessed with wonderful friendships and mentors who’ve helped us, and continue to help us maintain a healthy and peaceful family rhythm through the seeds of wisdom and knowledge they’ve planted into our lives. There is so much value in gleaning from the experience and guidance of others, so we hope HSD will do for you what our mentors have done for us. We hope you will both give and receive value from the HSD community. And, we hope the best for your homeschool days.

Blessings from our family to yours,

The Scotts