Presenter Application Guidelines

In order to assist you in completing the Presenter Application, please read and consider the following guidance information:


Application Categories - Definitions & Requirements:

Pilates Content

  • Pilates Mat Classes (1 hour classes only) Pilates mat classes must be taught by a PMA® -CPT, who has been teaching Pilates to clients for a minimum of five years, and has been teaching Pilates workshops to teachers for a minimum of one year. Mat classes may be taught in classic or contemporary styles at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Presenters must agree not promote any educational program, product or service during the course of the presentation by verbal reference, display or handout.
  • Pilates Workshops (2 hour workshops only) Pilates content workshops must be taught by a PMA® -CPT, who has been teaching Pilates to clients for a minimum of five years, and has been teaching Pilates workshops to teachers for a minimum of one year. Presenters must agree not promote any educational program, product or service during the course of the presentation by verbal reference, display or handout.
    • Equipment for Workshops: Please be advised that the PMA will supply workshop rooms with a MAXIMUM of 1 reformer, 1 trapeze table, 1 ladder barrel, 1 wunda chair, and 1 spine corrector. Please plan your session accordingly. This equipment should be used in a lecture demonstration format, as there will not be enough equipment for group workouts. Requests for other small props such as fitness circles or foam rollers will be addressed on an individual basis according to availability.
    • IMPORTANT: The equipment available will be that supplied by Annual Meeting Equipment Sponsors. Equipment Sponsors are not confirmed until after the Presenter application process has already taken place.

Non-Pilates Content

  • Business Development (2 hour workshops) Sessions focusing on marketing, branding, financial management, staffing, team building, customer service, customer retention, and other business specific topics will be of interest. Presenters must demonstrate expertise in the area of the subject matter.
  • Research (multiple presenting opportunities based on application) The promotion of research within the field of Pilates represents a level of development and growth that is invaluable for the Pilates teacher that wants to remain at the cutting edge of scientific understanding and validation of the Pilates Method. Research studies undertaken at a university, college, research organization, or by an individual will be considered.
    • The research methodology must provide minimally one of the following levels of evidence · Systematic reviews · Randomized controlled trials · Cohort studies
  • Industry Development (2 hour workshop) Industry development workshops are intended to enhance the Pilates teacher’s understanding of the structures inherent within established professions. Presenters should identify established norms, and focus on those established elements that commonly define an industry. This coursework must be taught by a person with an advanced degree in education and/or psychometrics, or by someone with field experience in third party certification, professional associations, accreditation, or licensure development.

Applicants will need to upload up to 5 files:

  1. A professional resume. Please include related coursework taught at other meetings.
  2. A headshot to be used in the PMA brochure (if accepted). Please use one of the following formats: 300dpi at 4’ x 6’, black & white or color. .jpg .tiff or .eps. PMA will not be able to accept images with a dpi lower than 300.
  3. A workshop outline. Logos and pictures must not be used in the outline. The suggested length of an outline is 1 – 3 pages. It must not exceed 5 pages. (Not required for Mat applications.) If logos are used, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated.
  4. A bibliography (Not required for Mat applications.)
  5. A biography (100 words maximum) to be used in meeting materials (if accepted). This may be edited by the PMA if more than 100 words are submitted or if space constraints arise.

Additional Requirements for First Time Mat Class Teacher and Workshop Presenter Applicants:

  1. If you have never taught a mat class or presented a workshop at one of our conferences before, you must obtain one written reference from a qualified professional that is familiar with your expertise. The writer must email the reference letter as a PDF directly Tanya Nieto-Winzey, Meeting Coordinator, at tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org. The email should come from the referee, not from the person being recommended. The PMA does not retain letter of recommendations from past applications, so a new letter must be submitted with every new application.
  2. If you have never taught a mat class or presented a workshop at one of our conferences before, you must send a link to a 5-minute video clip that shows you teaching Pilates in front of a group of people to Tanya Nieto-Winzey, Meeting Coordinator, at (tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org. You may use YouTube, Vimeo or any other similar service, as long as the link you send does NOT require creating an account or entering a password. Your application cannot be reviewed until or unless the video link is received. The PMA does not retain video links from past applications, so a new link must be submitted with every new application.

How are applications evaluated? 

  • Applications to present at the PMA’s Annual Meeting are reviewed by the PMA’s Presenters Committee. The Presenters Committee is comprised of one PMA Board member who acts as Committee Chair, and three other invited PMA Members. The Presenters Committee reviews presenter applications, and makes recommendations that are then referred to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors then either confirms the committee’s suggestions or makes changes to the suggested program. The Meeting Coordinator then sends letters to applicants to inform them if they have been chosen to present or not. To those that have been chosen, the Meeting Coordinator also sends an Agreement Form, which they must sign and return by a specified date.
  • In evaluating presenter applications, the PMA Presenters Committee considers a wide variety of factors such as the completeness of each application, the presentation experience of each applicant, the appropriateness of the content and its place within the PMA Scope of Practice, as well as how the application supports the PMA’s overall mission. Significant weight is given to the exclusivity of the workshop content. The Presenters Committee also considers delegate feedback from previous appearances, the mix of presenters from year to year, and the balance of affiliations across the industry.
  • Sessions that address or focus on original research, innovative practices, creative solutions, unusual challenges and new ideas/concepts in Pilates, or expand on accepted Pilates teaching practices are encouraged. Presenters should be sensitive to the potential commercialization of products and/or services discussed in the context of their sessions. Presentations that focus on the commercial aspects of a product or service will not be accepted. (Pilates workshops and mat classes are intended to promote the Pilates Method, not a particular product, service or publication.)
  • Applicants are strongly discouraged from repeating presentations given at other meetings. Such applications will be given low priority.
  • Workshops that have clear learning objectives that are achievable within the given time frame, and which are important for the participants’ career development, will be given high priority. If after due consideration, an applicant is not chosen to present at the PMA meeting, they will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons why with the Presenters Committee Chair, who can provide helpful feedback. This feedback may help the applicant to have a more successful application in the future, or to understand better why they were not selected. Information will be given in a letter informing the applicant that they were not chosen, as well as whom to contact for feedback, and how.

Application Deadlines:

  • October 20, 2017 9:00 AM EST Early Application Deadline. Applications received by this date will be given first priority.
  • December 8, 2017 9:00 AM EST Final Application Deadline. Applications received by this date will be given second priority.
  • February 15, 2018 PMA will send letters to all applicants, to inform them if they were chosen, or not chosen, to present.

Acceptance as a 2018 PMA Presenter & Representations to Public

For those who have been accepted as a PMA Presenter, we encourage you to publicize that you have been selected by the PMA to present at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Pilates Method Alliance. Specifically, you are asked to announce your participation in the PMA meeting in your business advertising and/or informational materials. In this regard, you are permitted to identify yourself as a “2018 PMA Annual Meeting Presenter.”

Questions?

For all questions about applying to be a PMA Presenter, please email Tanya Nieto-Winzey, Meeting Coordinator, at tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org.

You may also leave phone messages for Tanya (toll free in the US) at 866 573 4945 x 306; or from outside the US, at +1 305 573 4946 x 306.


        
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