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You probably have content: PowerPoint slides, videos, handouts.

Your event Producers probably want an ADVANCE copy to review. Your event Technical Director (that’s me) wants a FINAL copy so if there are any glitches, I can display your content for you, and let you focus on speaking to the people glued to their screens.

There are several ways to get the information to us. Hopefully you are comfortable with one or more of these, and can provide your content to us without worry. But if you have issues, let us know… we’ll find a way.

You should receive some event-specific information from your event coordinator — the person who is collecting all of the files. There should be a URL for a DropBox “Request” folder, specific to your event. There’s a link below… but it’s fake. Fake link alert! Use the real link from your event coordinator. If you’re not sure, please ask.

Step #1: Collect/Select Your Files

If you’re just uploading one file – easy stuff! But if you’re uploading many files and you can put them all in one folder on your computer, that might make it a little easier for you — both in the upload process, but also on the day of the event. If your files are scattered around on your computer, just know where they are before you get started.

Step #2: Name Your Files Appropriately

We need to be able to identify which file belongs to which presenter and which session. I have DropBox automatically name the stored file with the date you upload it, your name, and then the file name of your file on your computer.

But it does help if the file names you use are descriptive, so if we’re receiving many files (and especially if we’re receiving many files from you), we can easily tell which is which. Take some time before you upload your files and see if renaming them with more descriptive titles would help us (and you) during the event.

Once your file is uploaded, event staff will add an additional identifier to the beginning of your file name, including which Day and which Session of the day your file is scheduled to be used.

Example: You’re Marta Jones, presenting at the Desert Turtle HOA Annual Meeting, and you have a PDF handout that explains how to cast your ballot in-person at the meeting. You’ve named your file “HowToCastYourBallot.pdf” and you upload it September 10, 2023. Your event is just one day, but this PDF will be displayed during the third portion of the meeting. It will be stored on DropBox with the following filename.

D1S03-2023-09-10 – MartaJones-HowToCastYourBallot.PDF

We’ll be able to easily identify what session it is to be used in, what date this version of the file was received, who sent it, and the descriptive name of the file. You provide the green part when you name the file, and DropBox and your event staff take care of the rest.

Step #3: Drop It In a DropBox Folder

Someone from your event will provide you the “File Request URL” for the DropBox folder where files are to be dropped. If you have that URL (web address) and you’re accustomed with dragging and dropping folders, do your thing! But if you need them, here’s more detailed instructions.

  1. You will receive a link to the DropBox folder that looks something like this:(Don’t use this link! It’s just an example! Use the link provided by your event staff.)

  2. Click on that DropBox link to open it in your web browser. You should see something like this on the web page:

    Leave that web page where it is, and also make sure the folder with your files is also visible on your computer screen.
  3. Copying your files to the DropBox “drop zone” is done by dragging the files from your folder over the the “Add Files or drag stuff here” area shown above. Once you grab the file (or files… you can drag them all at one time, or individually), move them toward the DropBox web page, the mouse icon should say “+Copy” to let you know that you’re not going to lose your original — you’re just making a copy into DropBox. It should look something like this:

  4. You can continue to add additional files that are needed for your event. Once you have finished “dragging and dropping” your files, click the blue Upload button that appears. If you already have a DropBox account and are signed in, that’s it! If you do not have a DropBox account – no worries, you don’t need to get one, but DropBox will ask you for your name and email address.

It is helpful to send an email to your event staff letting them know you have put a copy of your content in DropBox. Please include the names of your files!

If You Have Problems…

Don’t let this process frustrate you. Contact your event staff for assistance, and they will either help you directly, or put you in touch with your production team to work with you. If we can easily get you going down the path using DropBox, we will. But there are other ways — including email, but we prefer the DropBox method if possible.