Call for Lightning Round Proposals

Florida Library Association Annual Conference

May 19-20, 2021

Hilton Daytona Oceanfront Resort, Florida

The Florida Library Association Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals to present Lightning Round sessions live at the 2021 Annual Conference at the Hilton Daytona, Florida and/or pre-recorded sessions for the online Conference. 

Description: A Lightning Round is a time-limited and slide-limited presentation format. Each presenter gives a 5-minute presentation accompanied by 15 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds.

General Submission Information

To apply to present, fill out the online submission form here.

  • The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021. 

  • All in-person Lightning Round presenters must be registered for the conference. If you are submitting presentation and not participating in any of the conference activies, you do not need to register.

  • Proposals for presentations should be related to the program theme "Lead Inclusively.” For more information on the conference theme, please visit


Selection will be made by members of the FLA Lightning Round Committee: 

  • Megan Danak, Chair
  • Amber Waters
  • April Lafferty
  • Ava Brillat
  • Oyuki Poletz
  • Theresa Arriaga

Acceptance emails will be sent out by the end of March 2021. 


1.       What is a Lightning Round?

Each speaker is allocated five minutes of presentation time and is accompanied by 15 presentation slides. During presentations, each slide is displayed for 20 seconds and then automatically advanced.

 2.       What do presenters need to provide? 

The meeting room for the event will be equipped with a computer, projector, screen, and microphone. Presenters must send their presentation to the Chair by the Friday prior to the conference. All presentations will be preloaded onto the meeting room computer before the start of the event to reduce transition time between presenters.

3.       Can I use multimedia in my presentation?

Yes. However, due to the size of the room, it can be difficult to hear audio slides.

4.       Can my presentation run longer than five minutes?

No. At the end of your allotted time, your session will be cut off.

5.       Where can I learn more about the Lightning Round format?

Lightning Rounds are similar to Pecha Kucha ( or Ignite ( sessions. Google “best pecha kucha” for tips on creating your presentation (

Presentation Tips

  • The key to a great presentation is to present something you are passionate about.

  • 15 seconds is not a long enough time for people to read large blocks of text. Be selective in how much text you put on each slide.

  • Practice to ensure that the timing of your presentation matches the content of your slides. The slides will advance automatically so you can’t pause or veer off-topic.

For more information, contact the Lightning Rounds Committee Chair

Megan Danak

[email protected]