What Planners Want from Speakers: Top 5 Requests

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When I surveyed meeting planners a while back, I asked what speakers could do to impress them the most. Event Preparation Presentation Skills“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” — Samuel Johnson Consider today’s message a reminder. I doubt you’ll be surprised by any of their top five requests, but I hope sharing.

How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com

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chrisbrogan.com Home About Speaking Rockstars Newsletters Contact Best Of How to Start Speaking at Events December 8, 2008 · Comments One day, I wasn’t a speaker at conferences, and then I was. These make it really easy for someone to envision how to use me at their event.)

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5 things speakers should ask the meeting planner

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: Jennifer Collins is the president and owner of The Event Planning Group , one of the Washington Business Journal's top 25 meeting and event planning agencies in the Washington, D.C. As a meeting planner, I’ve worked with a wide assortment of speakers.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off. As speakers, there's a lot we can learn from event planners. Understand the purpose of the event.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off. As speakers, there's a lot we can learn from event planners. Understand the purpose of the event.

You Like Me? You Really Like Me?

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Smile Sheets' are usually provided by the event planners, and even they are moving toward online surveys following the event in order to be less intrusive and more efficient (and, Green, I suppose). Usually they are designed to benefit the planner - should they bring you back?

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[Podcast] eSpeakers, What have you done for me lately? With Joe Heaps

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eSpeakers started years ago as a calendar and event management tool but has since evolved as a digital hub for speakers. eSpeakers started years ago as a calendar and event management tool but has since evolved as a digital hub for speakers. 10:41 eSpeakers launched “Marketplace” to connect speakers with meeting planners. 15:50 “Meeting planners are used to be able to look online and see if you are available.”. 29:11 The second biggest thing for meeting planners is….

Interview: Michelle Cullison – Event Sponsorship with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Together with her colleagues Myra Corrello, PhD and Jennifer Ledet she presented at the 2010 National Speakers Association Convention on How Social Media Can Help You Successfully Co-Produce a Major Public Event. Together with her colleagues Myra Corrello, PhD and Jennifer Ledet she presented at the 2010 National Speakers Association Convention on How Social Media Can Help You Successfully Co-Produce a Major Public Event.

What Do Audiences Owe Presenters?

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  All too often, conference planners just fill in the time slots in the way they always have.  Event ManagementWe expect a lot of speakers and presenters.    We want them to be witty, wise, and gnomic.    We want them to give us insights we’ve never had before.    We want them to change the world.    We expect a lot.    But what about the audiences these speakers work so hard to please?

Leave your audience wanting more, not less

Speak Schmeak

While scrolling through channels looking for movies to record one weekend, I found the following one-line movie descriptions: 1. French policeman hounds bread thief for life 2. Victorian orphan drifts, finds good people 3. An enslaved British doctor turns Caribbean pirate 4.

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Attending Special Events

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If an event falls into the area that is part of your expertise, find a way to attend and learn from others. Every time you attend an event, you should be able to come back with information that you can use for your own business.

Speaking of Testimonials

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These are today's gold standard, especially if you are able to get them at the event itself. The best testimonials don't just talk about how well you did, they talk about what the person got out of what you said, or what the company took home from event.

Twitter Tips for Speakers: Before, During & After the Event

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I’ve connected with event planners looking for a last minute speaker, gotten great feedback from audience members and generally just been able to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the industry – from all sides – the planner, the speaker, the participant.

How Paul Harvey Can Help You Find Your Speaking Niche

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It is also a tremendous illustration of the wide variety of opportunity public speaking offers to those who pursue it, and clarify the difference for people looking to bring public speakers in to their event. Guess who's cool again?

Advice for speakers and presenters - 7 ways to turn a free gig into a financial windfall

Pivotal Public Speaking

However, the event organizer or meeting planner tells you they can’t pay you. You’ve been asked to speak for an audience. Your heart sinks knowing that speaking for free will cost you in the long run.

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Speakers: It’s About Time (and How to Manage It)

Manner of Speaking

Better to rethink it before the day of the event rather than find yourself in a difficult situation on stage. Before starting, it is always a good idea (as well as polite) to reconfirm your speaking time with your host or the event planner. Don’t mention the speakers went over time or the delays that the organizers had in starting the event; the audience will know anyway. If you are one speaker among many at special event, you should not go over time.

What Questions Should You Ask to Prepare a Speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

What questions should you ask a host or meeting planner when you’re preparing a speech?  What is the event theme? What is the point of the event for the audience? Who and what determine the success or failure of this event? How does the idea of my speech work for your event? Can we arrange for a signing/sales event?   Good research means a good understanding of the audience – and that means that you can connect with that audience. 

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Six customer service tips for speakers

Speak Schmeak

Remember these tips when you're preparing to meet your customers -- your host, your organizer, your event planner, and your audience. Let the audience know that you care about their comfort and their time, sincerely apologize, and then get on with your planned event.

How to Speak & Offend: Part I

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Know Your Audience - do a little research by talking with the meeting planner and others in the company/group to find out what is off-limits to your audience. I get questions , every now and again. Today I''ll tackle a recent favorite: "How do I avoid offending my audience?"

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My effort to reform the panel discussion, starting with the moderator

The Eloquent Woman

What to do before the panel outlines a preparation process you will carry out with the speakers and the organizer in advance of the event. I know a lot of people who could use this e-book, whether as moderators themselves or even just planners of good conversations.

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Speaker Launch Toward Success - A Case Study from Maureen Zappala

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I contacted local service organizations and Chambers of Commerce, because they are always looking for speakers for their events. At each event, the feedback I got was pure gold. The meeting planner got a free speaker. You bet I’ll stay in touch with those event coordinators.

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From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

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An event planner I know emailed me this week to ask about a speaker's upcoming event. (Editor's note: This 2010 post has been updated and is still essential today--a trainee just asked me a similar set of questions last week!) She wrote: Question for you Madame Communications Guru…if an article is online from a publication such as Washington Times or National Review, do we need permission to reprint? Especially if we're giving it out as handout material?

Public Speaking - Too Much To Drink

Great Public Speaking

An audience that has been at a cocktail event of one hour or longer usually means you will have some boisterous audience members to deal with. This gets the person out of the room where the meeting planner can try to calm them. The meeting planner forced her to go on.

What Questions Are you Answering?

Speak and Deliver

When we speak at an event, we are essentially doing what Brooklyn does - offering a piece of our work to someone hoping they like it, and can use it. My three-year-old daughter Brooklyn brought this to me today with a simple statement: "I drew this for you."

Twitter Hashtags and Meeting Presentations

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Twitter can reflect true value for any meeting, event, or education class as long as the meeting planner understands first what a hashtag represents, and second how [.]. Big shout-out to Doug for nailing the details on how to use Twitter and other social media before, during and after a speaker makes a presentation at a meeting.

Public Speaking Presentations - Alcohol

Great Public Speaking

An audience that has been at a cocktail event of one hour or longer usually means you will have some boisterous audience members to deal with. When you suspect you may have a problem because of a long cocktail hour, let the meeting planner know in advance that he or she should be prepared to tell the heckler that there is a phone call waiting. This gets the person out of the room where the meeting planner can try to calm them. The meeting planner forced her to go on.

Charli Jane Speaker Services: 10 Tips to Help Position Yoursel

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Dont waste your time, energy and money on developing a niche that just isnt going to get any recognition because it isnt something that planners will be looking for! Develop an eye-catching media kit Planners get hundreds if not thousands of proposals and media kits every year.

The Speakers Bureau Myth

Speak and Deliver

Even a referral reward may give them the extra incentive to get you your next event. Make five to ten calls a day to service clubs, associations, and large event planners, among others.

A Speakers’ Bureau That Gets It When Many Don’t

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Second, meeting planners got tough.   The conference business has bounced back – part of the way – but meeting planners have a new attitude toward fees as a result of tightened times and budgets.     And once the planners realize that speakers will bargain, they’ll expect to always be able to bargain.    Third, meeting planners got canny. 

Speaking With Humor: Costuming

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Is your meeting planner OK with it? Practice your costuming, run it by other speakers or your speaking coach, and make sure your meeting planner is prepared for it. They say clothes make the man.

Why spend hundreds of thousands on dollars …

Joan Detz Speaker Services

… on a conference or convention, without making sure you have great speeches for that event? That’s the question posed by an experienced corporate event planner, who recently wrote to me: “You have established yourself as the go-to person for speechwriting — which I consider a critical skill that is shockingly overlooked. (I’m Event planners, please take note

Audience Interaction is Easier Than You Think - Part III Q&A

Speak and Deliver

We all expect to see Q&A at a press conference or training seminar - but Q&A is getting more and more popular at all events, even keynote speeches. Your audience, and your meeting planner, will thank you. In Part I of this series, I talked about how to get Group Response.

How to develop a paid speaking career

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The people who hire professional speakers – meeting planners, speaker’s bureaus, and so on – are all about risk reduction. A speaker that says something offensive, or fails to show up, or delivers a lousy performance wreaks havoc on the conference that the planner has been working on for 6 months or a year. So accept a ‘free’ speech with a good crowd promised, and get the A/V folks to give you a copy of the tape of your speech at the event.

If you're a professional speaker, who is your customer?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  But over the long term, a professional speaker has to take care of at least one other 'audience' just as carefully:  the meeting planners that hire her.    Your customers are indeed the meeting planners, and you'd better treat them well.    And yet the speaker behaved badly from start to finish, making unreasonable demands of the meeting planners and complaining about everything. 

The Future of Conferences, Part 4 – What Would the Ideal Conference Look Like?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  From the flight (or drive) there, to the check-in at the hotel, to your first impression of the room, to the registration desk for the event, to the first meal, to your MC or initial speaker, to the whole roster of speakers, to the breakouts, to the guy sitting next to you – it all has to go smoothly so that you have a good time and don’t write a cranky note on the evaluation form.   Meeting Planners don’t have it easy.

The Future of Conferences – Part Two: What are the current trends?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  9/11 was a discrete event.   That seems to be the consensus in the conference world; from a low of 13% in June 2009, the number of meeting planners who think conditions ahead are favorable has only bounced back to 19% (in October, the latest figures available).   Partly because environmental awareness has become – slowly, with a long way to go – a part of business consciousness, it has become a part of the meeting planners’ world, too.

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How to Successfully Moderate a Conference Panel, A Comprehensive Guide " Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

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Presentations should only be used in these situations: They add value by visualizing a conceptual concept, you’ve some industry stats that preface the event, or there’s a funny video that gets the crowd warmed up. Don’t let an over active commentator steal the show by asking too many questions, suggest that some discussion can be followed-up after the event. Something to consider for all event coordinators (and/or moderators) in the future!

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What’s a Speaker DVD and Why Do You Need One?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  If you want to be a paid speaker and get hired by meeting planners and through speakers bureaus, you must have a speaker DVD.    We’ll got a two-camera film crew on hand, with professional sound, good lighting, and an audience, and we’ll edit the DVD for you afterward to the specs that work best for meeting planners and speakers bureaus.  I get questions all the time from speakers and wannabe-speakers about the infamous speaker DVD. 

Why You Should Never, Ever Crowdsource Your Presentation Title

More than PowerPoint...

I sometimes fantasize about clearing things up with the audience: "I know you think the title of this session is "Introduction to Social Media for Conference Planners 101", but that's a misprint. Intro to X X 101 X for Beginners Ugh. What presentation titles could possibly be more overused?

How to develop a paid public speaking career – V: What you need

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  That kind of thing – brief clips of you in front of a variety of audiences, or on TV – is not much use to speakers’ bureaus and meeting planners, because they figure that everyone can be brilliant for 30 seconds at a time.    The next place a meeting planner goes after watching your DVD is to your website.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Event Planning Public Speaking Speech Writing Visual Aids Web/Tech