Information for Speakers

We always are looking for good speakers and presentations.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at a Creativity & Madness conference.

For consideration, please send the following information via email to and 

  • Title of your presentation or workshop
  • An abstract, description, outline, summary, or paper of your presentation. This need not be lengthy—shorter is better.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

We would be happy to discuss your proposal with you. If you would like to do this, please call us at 1 800 348 8441.

Each speaker will have one hour – some speakers end early and allow 10 minutes or so questions, while others use the entire hour for the presentation and then interact with the audience at an afternoon discussion group. All the speakers of that morning are invited to participate in the discussion group.  There are typically 2 or 3 during the week.

Our policy for domestic conferences is to waive the registration fee for the speaker and an accompanying person (approximate value – $1,100). The costs of transportation, lodging, meals, etc. are the responsibility of the speaker. For the International Conferences, the speaker receives a discount ($650 – $800) on the land cost of the trip. The accompanying person does not receive this discount.

We have a policy for optional approved workshops on our domestic conferences.

We require that you know your paper. We do not allow speakers to read their presentation (from paper or slides).Please speak from a few notes, or from a few lines on your PowerPoint or Keynote slides to jog your memory. Taking a paper with you to the lectern is reassuring and may calm anxiety, but if you have the paper there, you probably will read from it. What you gain in precision of expression is greatly overshadowed by the loss of contact with the audience. No matter how well a paper is read the result is always the same. We hear directly and read from the questionnaires many often vehemently expressed complaints, e.g. “I could sit at home and read a paper.”  “The speaker lost me after the second sentence that he read to us.” Etc. PLEASE, No reading! If we can assist in any way to help you present without reading please let us know. We are eager to help with this.

Adding video and/or audio clips to a powerpoint usually enhances a presentation. If you want to do this and need help with this or any other aspect of your presentation, please let us know. We have the equipment and experience to make this happen, and are eager to help in any way we can.

If you have audio-visual components for your presentation we ask that you use Powerpoint or Keynote rather than 35 mm slides or overhead projectors. Powerpoint and Keynote are wonderful applications, however there are downsides to them. There are a number of short interesting books about this. Among them are Death by Powerpoint  Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck…and how you can make them better. They are available from Amazon and elsewhere. The main points are 

Text on slides should be used very sparingly. Too much text bores the audience. Better to use just a few words….not even sentences, rather than complete sentences.
Some of the features of the programs are impressive but distracting. Don’t overuse various transitions and animations.
A few minutes looking at one of the available books is well worth the time.

We require that our speakers present from memory or from notes.

Speakers must disclose the following information:
Do you have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests?

Do you receive any financial or other support from any entity that relates to the material you are presenting?

Answering “Yes” to either of the above does not disqualify you from speaking at any of our conferences as long as there is no conflict of interest. We need to know this information and inform our participants of the relationships.

Because of our accreditation requirements, we have listed thing to keep in mind when preparing your presentation:

  • It is important that the speaker addresses the individual needs of patients according to the following issues: age, gender, ethnicity, language, socioeconomics, disparities in care, sexual orientation, communication ability, religion, health literacy and cultural background at some point in his/her presentation.  Also we have enclosed specific information relative to why this topic is important and what it is the learners will be able to do better when it is over.  Please build your presentation around this information.

It is our expectation that you will ensure the following accreditation requirement is met:

  • ACCME’s Policy on Content Validation: All the recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Presenters may not  promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.

We appreciate your inquiry and are always looking for good speakers. If you have any questions or wish to discuss a possible presentation, please contact us at 1 800 348 8441 or