Video required before you speak at conference

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is now requiring prospective speakers at their winter 2011 conference to agree to create a short (2-3 minute) promotional video to explain why an attendee should come to their concurrent session. First, presenters would have to think through what the benefit of their session would be to the audience. Think of how many sessions you’ve gone to where the presenter did not stick to what they said they would cover or you discovered they weren’t a very good presenter.

From Free to Fee: How Experts Get Paid to Speak

Pivotal Public Speaking

You’re already on the speaker’s circuit, using concurrent session programs at industry events as marketing opportunities. If you still want association gigs, ditch the concurrent sessions and go for the keynote slots with state and regional associations. National associations with bigger budgets usually use more high-profile personality keynoters, so pitch for the general session, where lesser-known experts are used.

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How to Earn $10,000-Plus in Keynote Speaker Fees

They participate in panel discussions, put on their own workshops, or present at concurrent sessions in the industry association market. Attendees dont expect as much from concurrent session presenters as they do from the keynoters. The Reality: Big-fee buyers believe that keynote speakers and industry speakers in concurrent sessions are two different breeds with two different speaking styles.

PowerPoint Tip: Handout that is not a slide printout

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Recently I delivered a one hour concurrent session at a conference. I don’t view it as a training session, but more of an overview of ideas with a few details. With a larger group in these shorter presentations, a substantial handout would also end up wasting a lot of paper since the organizer would likely end up printing more copies than the number of attendees.

When Applause Just Isn't Enough: How To Get More Clients From Giving Speeches

Theres a difference between an attendee thinking "Oh, what a nice speech" and "We have to GOT to bring them into our organization!" Its off to the next concurrent session…or lunch. Again, potential clients are looking for the "fit" Speaking allows attendees to not only check out your point of view, it also helps potential clients make decisions about the experience of working with you.