Speaker's Guide: Giving a Presentation at a Carnegie Council Event

Thank you for agreeing to speak at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, the Carnegie Council is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.

The Council has an informed and loyal following. Audiences typically consist of diplomats, educators, students, journalists, NGO representatives, members of the business community, and concerned citizens. Our venue is intimate—accommodating a maximum of 100 people—and the question and answer session following each event is always lively.

Because we are Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, it is important that you incorporate a discussion of ethics into your talk. Ethics can cover any or all of the following: rights and responsibilities, fairness, and pluralism (respect for a diversity of views).

Our physical venue is small, but our outreach is considerable! We record most Carnegie Council events on video and/or audio. You will be given a permissions form to return to us, which will allow us to broadcast your presentation.

  • We host live webcasts of most events at www.carnegiecouncil.org/live. Please invite your own community to attend these webcasts, via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter for example. If you would like more information on our webcasts, please contact Communications Director Madeleine Lynn atmlynn@cceia.org

  • Your presentation may also become part of our Global Ethics Forum (GEF) TV show, which airs on MHz Worldview (access to over 42 million households nationwide); CUNY TV (New York local channel); and other outlets. GEF is a half-hour show, so we will edit your presentation down to approximately 24 minutes. In keeping with our mission, we will focus on maintaining the integrity of your ideas and maximizing the credibility of the presentation.

The Carnegie Council website receives an average of 600,000 unique page views per month, and the number continues to grow. Video and audio recordings, along with transcripts of most events, are posted on our website. Selected events are also featured on Policy Innovations, our online magazine, and all of our online resources are available free of charge.

We invite you to be interviewed by a member of our staff before or after your event. Please contact the program director for more details.

How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Presentation for Broadcast

  • Avoid specific time references that date the material. Say—"spring of 2013" not "today," refer to time by date—"the President met with...on October 11," not "last week," et cetera.
  • Take a moment to explain jargon or abbreviations.
  • Stay at the microphone, but do not touch it. To ensure sound quality, a technician will place the microphone at its proper distance so you do not have to lean into it. Please refrain from turning your head away from the microphone since it makes your voice fade and words difficult to understand.
  • Avoid thumping, tapping, or banging the podium or table. These sounds are picked up easily and could potentially ruin the recording.
  • Please do not display your book on the podium or table during the presentation. The program director will display the book at the appropriate time.
  • Ignore the cameras and speak to the audience.
  • The cameras are mounted high to shoot over the audience. Maintain your posture and try not to look down too much.
  • Begin and end with a clear introduction and conclusion that we can use to form the Global Ethics Forum show. One or two lines each are enough. For example: "I would like to talk about…" and "In conclusion..."
  • Discuss the underlying or implicit ethical issues.

Following these tips increases the likelihood that your event will be selected for distribution through our television and radio outlets.