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PUBLIC SPEAKING: How to prepare to present at the ADHD conference (2024)

One of the best ways to grow your brand and attract more clients is to present at the International ADHD Conference. I presented at it in 2023 and was able to make new friends, and colleagues, and get more opportunities to speak for parents and educators, from it.

I've put together some helpful tips for you to make your application process a bit easier.

WARNING: I applied for two years in a row and was declined (2021 and 2022). However, when I started to join my local CHADD meetings and present at local chapters, I was magically accepted in 2023.

I suggest you start to network with members of CHADD to get their input and ideas if you feel stuck.

Where is the ADHD Conference this year?

This year it will be held in Anaheim, California.

When is the ADHD Conference this year?

November 14-16, 2024

How do I apply to speak?

You can use this link to directly submit a proposal.

What is the speaker deadline?

Submissions are due April 2, 2024. I suggest you get them in by April 1, 2024.

How do I plan out my presentation?

Make a copy of the document below and use it to guide planning out your presentation. Thank you to incoming CHADD president, Suzanne Sophos, for sharing this!

ADHD Conference Presentation Planning Doc
ADHD Conference Presentation Planning Doc

What else should I do at the ADHD conference?

On my first year attending in 2023, I spent a few months before the conference planning out a Mastermind Dinner. I learned about this idea from the book, Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard, which has probably been one of the most valuable investments of my life.

I chose to host and pay for this dinner and got to meet some of the biggest influencers in the ADHD world including:

  • Cas Aarsen of Hot Mess House

  • Dr. Tracy Marks

  • Jessica McCabe

  • ADHD Jesse

  • My Lady ADHD

  • Dani Donovan

I have since worked with these people to facilitate a Mastermind Group which meets online, which has added immense value to my life. For example, a few of the members invited their peers into our group which now includes Seth Perler, Emma McAdams, and Steven Sharp of Piano Guys.

If you have the time and bandwidth, this can be a great way to build your network. Remember, your network is your net worth!

Stay Engaged

About the author

Sean G. McCormick founded Executive Function Specialists, an online EF coaching business that guides students to overcome procrastination, disorganization, and anxiety by teaching time management, prioritization, and communication skills so they feel motivated, prepared, and empowered.

He is also the co-founder of UpSkill Specialists, a coaching organization dedicated to supporting adults in enhancing their EF skills to create rewarding careers.

He founded the Executive Function Coaching Academy which trains special education teachers, school psychologists, and other professionals to support students with ADHD and executive function challenges.

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