IDEA Presenter Application

About IDEA’s Events

For over 38 years, IDEA has been the trusted leader in setting the standard for the fitness and wellness industry by providing the world’s best education and content. Through our events, we reach thousands of personal trainers, group fitness instructors, mind-body professionals, program/fitness directors, business owners, nutrition/health coaches, social media influencers, and fitness enthusiasts. We recognize that participants make an important investment to attend our events and as such, IDEA is committed to offering substantive, content-driven education that can be supported by research and accepted industry practices.

We begin the process of selecting education approximately 8-12 months in advance of each conference. As a result, the presenter application deadline dates are very early. Please pay close attention to the dates shown below, as we are unable to accept late applications.


Conference Locations, Dates, and Application Deadlines:

Conference Location Conference Dates* Presenter Application Deadline Dates
2021 IDEA® Personal Trainer Institute Alexandria, VA February 18-21, 2021 July 15, 2020
2021 IDEA® World Convention Anaheim, CA July 7-11, 2021 September 25, 2020
2021 IDEA® World Club & Studio Summit Anaheim, CA at the IDEA® World Convention July 8-11, 2021 September 25, 2020
2021 IDEA® World Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit Anaheim, CA at the IDEA® World Convention July 9-10, 2021 September 25, 2020
2021 IDEA® China Shanghai, China Summer 2021 TBA
2021 IDEA® Korea Seoul, Korea Summer 2021 TBA

*Location and/or conference dates are subject to change.

Selection Criteria

Session Topics

The education program is comprised of session topics selected based on attendee feedback and past session enrollments. We must offer sessions that will appeal to the greatest number of attendees in order to fully maximize our event space and meet the needs of attendees. Presentation spaces are very limited. There are a certain number of spaces available for each specific topic area (i.e: Personal Training Techniques, Group Fitness, Cycling, Business, Nutrition, etc.). Topics should be timely and innovative and feature applicable, how-to content.

When determining a topic to submit, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What has been missing from the convention program?
  • What topics do other fitness pros ask you about?
  • What challenges have you faced in your career that would be useful for others to learn about?
  • What are mistakes that you see your fellow fit pros making and how would you overcome them?

Required Qualifications

Presenters must have the proper credentials and experience to present on each submitted topic. In order to be considered, presenters must possess one more of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in exercise science or health-related field
  • If presenting on business, a minimum four-year degree in a business-related field
  • NCCA-accredited certification (ACE, ACTION, ACSM, AFAA-CGFI, CSCCa, NASM, NCCPT,NSCA, AAPTE, Cooper Institute, IFPA, NCSF, NESTA, NETA, NFPT, PMA, WITS CPT)
  • Current E-RYT credential (yoga courses only)

Required Experience

IDEA's attendees expect to learn from those who have plenty of presenting experience and possess significant knowledge of chosen subject matter. We are always looking for fresh perspectives and new-to-IDEA voices however, first-time presenters will not be considered.

How to Submit an Application

Please be prepared to submit the following:
  • Contact information (name, email, phone number, etc.)
  • Short bio (80 words or less)
  • Session Title (45 characters or less)
  • Session Description (100 words or less)
  • Session Type (Workshop, Lecture, Workout, etc.) and Session Topic/Category
  • Session Objectives (3-5 per session)
  • Equipment & Audio Visual Needs

Video Submission Requirements for New-to-IDEA Presenters

Presenters new to the IDEA education program are required to submit a video.

Video Guidelines:

  • Submit a video of yourself explaining your current role(s) in the industry, experience and why you are the best person to present on your chosen subject(s).
  • Videos should be no more than 5 minutes.
  • High production quality is not required; mobile device videos are fine.
  • Please be sure you can be seen and heard clearly on the video before submitting.
  • YouTube links will be accepted.
  • You may submit links to videos of you presenting in addition to your application video; submissions that do not include the 5-minute intro video will not be considered.



Notification of Session Selection or Session Non-Selection

Selection Notifications for 2021 Personal Trainer Institute: Presenters who submit for the 2021 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East event will be notified of their selection status in early fall of 2020.

Selection Notifications for 2021 IDEA World, Club & Studio Summit, and Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit: Presenters who submit for the 2021 IDEA World Convention, including Club & Studio Summit and Nutrition & Behavior Change Summit, will be notified by the end of January 2021.

Thank you again for taking the time to submit an application. We look forward to reviewing your application. Keep inspiring!