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IOT Announces Contest for Optical’s Next Top Speaker

Application deadline is June 30.




IOT Announces Contest for Optical’s Next Top Speaker

(PRESS RELEASE)Just imagine: you could be the optical world’s next top speaker! IOT is sponsoring a contest to discover and support Optical’s Next Top Speaker. It’s an exciting opportunity for one lucky (and talented) optician to lead the next generation of ABO-approved continuing education speakers.

Aspiring optical industry speakers will compete to win sponsorship of their ABO accredited continuing education course. Some of the most well-known optical industry speakers will mentor top contestants as they work to write, develop, and present their continuing education ideas to a panel of judges.

“We’re looking for opticians with a desire to share their unique perspective,” says Barry Santini, one of four judges who will determine the winning speaker. Santini is a board certified and licensed optician and Contributing Author to 20/20 Magazine whose experience spans 44 years. “It’s important that speakers provide solid ophthalmic content that is both engaging and valuable to fellow opticians.”

The contest is open to all ABO-certified or state-licensed opticians. IOT supports the winner by providing ABO course and speaker approval, creating a professionally designed presentation deck, and sponsoring the winner’s first presentation or event as an optical industry educator.

How it works:

  • Participants enter the contest and submit content ideas to IOT;
  • The top five submissions advance to the semifinals;
  • Semifinalists present ideas to three highly regarded industry mentors;
  • Each mentor chooses one candidate to be coach and support;
  • Three finalists present their content to an expert panel of judges who determine the winning speaker.

Eligibility is limited to current ABO certified or state licensed opticians.


Apply now for consideration at Application deadline is June 30. Good luck.


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