Invest in Your Speakers to Grow Your Value Proposition

Velvet Chainsaw

Keynote speakers and main-room experiences are pivotal for bringing the community together and sharing key messaging, but attendees expect—and deserve—transformational learning (change in ideas, attitudes and behaviors) from curated, relevant and problem-centric educational sessions.

How do you find speakers that are a great match for your virtual event?


Virtual speakers totally differ from in-person speakers. In-person speakers tend to be more personable and more engaging with the audience. If there is a technology glitch, most in-person speakers can transition to another topic while keeping the audience engaged.


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Recap: Finding the perfect speaker.

Expo Pass

“I love seeing speakers that change the way we think […] They are experts, they have thought about something, they bring their own view of the world – to you – and it changes how you think about the world.”. It also helps to connect personally with potential speakers.

Are Your Speakers Speaking to Speakers?

Velvet Chainsaw

We refer to these conferences as meetings of speakers speaking to speakers. If your conference has the “speakers speaking to speakers” model, the primary avenue for growth has been to make room for more speaking slots or add to the poster-board footprint. That model really goes back to the roots of scientific meetings. The post Are Your Speakers Speaking to Speakers? I wonder about the future of peer review for conference abstracts.

The Truth Dilemma: What to Do When Speakers Make Stuff Up

Skift Meetings

Motivational speakers aren’t always who they say they are. The post The Truth Dilemma: What to Do When Speakers Make Stuff Up by Vincent Alonzo appeared first on [link]. Event Management speakers selection event speaker speaker management speaker vetting process ethics sxsw SXSW 2022

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[Webinar] INFLUENCE 2020, National Speakers Association Virtual Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

Meet the brains behind the design of the highly successful National Speakers Association’s INFLUENCE 2020 Virtual in August. Hear testimonials from first-hand attendees–experts in the meeting and event space–who can’t stop singing the virtual experience’s praises!

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The ultimate virtual event speaker brief

Gallus Events

So we have created the ultimate virtual event speaker brief. If you are an organiser who has never organised an online event before and you are worried about briefing your speakers then this article is for you! Our ultimate guide to briefing speakers to deliver virtual sessions.

Make the meeting bigger!

Conferences that Work

Most of the event industry and our clients continue to assume that if you can make the meeting bigger it’s a good thing. Online and hybrid meetings have seen less drastic reductions. The event industry unduly focuses on large meetings.

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7 Tips to Keep Your Event Speakers Coming Back


Event speakers are essential to a successful event marketing strategy. And, for attendees to learn, they need someone to learn from, aka — your speaker! When sharing her event management tips, Cathy stresses the importance of relevant and engaging speakers, saying, “Speakers are critical to the event. If we can’t deliver on speakers, we’re not doing our job right.”. Happy speakers lead to happy attendees. How do you keep your event speakers happy?

Our top tips when finding event speakers. 

Expo Pass

Event speakers have the unique ability to inspire attendees and transform your event into a truly memorable experience. But how can organizers actually go about finding the perfect speaker for their event? If you put out an inspiring call for proposals the best speakers will find you.

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Competent logistics are the new meeting minimum

Conferences that Work

My work at a pre-con is different from that of a typical meeting planner since I focus on the meeting’s design and facilitation. I’ve been convening meetings for decades, though, so I know a fair amount about meeting planning.

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4 Ways to Keep Speakers On Topic

Skift Meetings

What do you do if your speaker goes off the rails? Let’s say the speaker goes off script and says things that don’t align with your company? What questions do you ask of the speaker to prevent this from happening? The speaker was very famous.

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TED Unveils New Speakers Bureau


The roster of business leaders and creative thinkers who have spoken at TED events over the years has become a formal network that meeting planners can tap into. Our speakers have requested this type of support from TED for years, and so have event organizers.

Latest Meeting Trends: 6 Observations from Speaker Bureaus


The inquiries that bureaus are receiving from planners reveal changes to meetings in the post-pandemic environment. A recent article on picks the brains of interesting players in the meetings and events world: talent agencies and speaker bureaus.

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Engagement Tips For Speakers and Planners at Hybrid Events

Event Age by Swapcard

Virtual Sapiens’ Rachel Cossar delivers her four top tips for maximum engagement that speakers and organizers at hybrid events won’t want to miss. This week’s guest post comes from an expert in all things visual communication, video content, and audience engagement.

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How Speakers are Preparing for the Future of Meetings and Events


So, how are speakers preparing for the future of meetings and events ? A beast that made the meetings and events industry obsolete overnight. Then, I wondered, what my speaker friends were doing in quarantine. But the meetings and events profession will be back.

Creating an Agenda for Event Speakers


To run an event successfully, you need to prepare a good event program and an event speaker’s agenda—a schedule or protocol for speakers about what they will say and how they will act on the stage, etc. Before every event, it’s important to think over the agenda, determine the list of participants, and read the reports of all the speakers and other relevant materials. Reasons to create an agenda for event speakers. Prepare briefing materials for the event speakers.

How to Book Your Dream Speaker Team


Ask 4 nonobvious questions to find your dream speaker for a virtual, hybrid or F2F lineup. As meeting professionals, we design and produce one-of-a-kind event experiences. In the same way that this question generates your overall event design, it’s also helpful when selecting a speaker.

How to Get Speakers to Use Live Polling and Q&A


A base station would pick up the votes and feed them into the speaker’s laptop, where a plugin for PowerPoint would compile them and display them on the main screen. The above technology is still around and heavily used at meetings and events. To increase engagement and adoption, share the in-app features with your attendees and have your speakers promote the app on your behalf as well. Have the speaker introduce the poll and read the question out loud.

VIDEO – Preparing Speakers for Your Virtual Event

Event Rebels

Here is our video on preparing speakers for your virtual event. Event Rebels Blog Meetings Technology Speakers Virtual Events What's New live streaming Live-Stream Livestream speaker speakers video conference virtual conferences virtual events virtual meeting ZoomOur first “Virtual Events 101” bootcamp was a great success. You can also view the bootcamp recordings and experience our ER Virtual Conference software by signing up here.

Virtual Speaker Gear: The Backdrop Edit!

Endless Events

The Event Tech Podcast is back with its third and final installment on the best virtual speaker gear. It’s one thing in a meeting environment, in a social environment where it’s a fun thing, and it’s a social activity. Virtual Speaker Gear: Watch Your Back!

What Meeting Professionals Can Learn from the Metaverse

Smart Meetings

Just as virtual meetings can’t replace in-person events, the Metaverse won’t replicate real life. Both digital solutions bring advances that can teach real-world lessons to meeting professionals looking to improve their experiences.

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Tips for Preparing Virtual Event Speakers


Setting up your speakers for success will further your partnership and ensure you host a high-value virtual event. We can’t expect our speakers to be tech experts. Securing your speakers is just the beginning of the conversation. Speaker Guidelines & Virtual Best Practices.

Top 98 keynote speakers every event planner must know about

Hubilo Blog

Why have a keynote speaker at your event? This where you need keynote speakers at your event or conference. Often event planners find it difficult to find an easy reference list of keynote speakers or guest speakers for various industry segments.

Top 99 keynote speakers every event planner must know about

Hubilo Blog

Why have a keynote speaker at your event? This where you need keynote speakers at your event or conference. Often event planners find it difficult to find an easy reference list of keynote speakers or guest speakers for various industry segments.

Meeting Profs Demonstrate Agility at Smart Meetings Experience Las Vegas

Smart Meetings

Where better to celebrate the resiliency of the meetings industry than in Las Vegas , where 2 million sq. of meeting space was added since the beginning of 2020? Smart Meetings had its own bubble in the meeting center amid a whopping 250,000 sq.

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Good meeting design is cheaper than special effects

Conferences that Work

Far too much money is spent on meeting glitz at the expense of good meeting design. “There’s no budget” I’ve noticed over the years that every meeting has a budget for F&B. There’s often a budget for a dramatic big-name speaker or two.

12 Engagement and Presentation Ideas To Give Your Speakers


Speakers have an important role at conferences because they not only need to share learning, we need them to connect, interact and engage with attendees to make a strong impact. The post 12 Engagement and Presentation Ideas To Give Your Speakers by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Ideas presentation video conferences meeting design engagement speakers keynote audience participation presentation formats role play ask me anything open space unconference

Getting Your Speakers Uncomfortable Enough to Shine


Years ago, when my company was young, I was coaching a fairly high-profile financial professional who was getting ready for his firm's annual general meeting. Robert was brilliant and charming and welcomed my speaker coaching expertise.

9 Standout Keynote Speakers to Watch

Maritz Global Events

Booking keynote speakers is a high-impact event decision that’s loaded with risk. 9 Keynote Speakers You Want at Your Event. Lisa Bodell Speaker Reel. A Swedish economist, writer and speaker, Kjell provides a unique and entertaining look at global trends and their impact on us, personally and professionally. Here’s a classic post from Seth with tips for event professionals who hire speakers – The Secret of the Five Top.

5 Ways to Navigate a Speaker Panel


But choosing the speakers, moderator and even the discussion topic can be challenging. Too vague and it won’t peak attendees’ interest, and speakers may meander too much. The speakers were balanced, the moderator wasn’t overpowering or boring, and the audience was engaged and included.

New Study: Almost 70% of Professional Event Speakers are Male


The report analyzed the gender diversity of more than 60,000 event speakers over a five-year period, from 2013 to 2018. Every event benefits from having greater gender diversity and balance across its speaker lineup,” said Alon Alroy , Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Bizzabo. “By Almost 70% of All Event Speakers are Male. In Canada, 32 percent of all speakers were female versus 68 percent male.

Does Your Conference Need an Emcee?

Velvet Chainsaw

Talk to any meeting owner who has managed a large virtual event this past year using a skilled emcee and he or she will tell you it made all the difference. The right content weaver can contribute to the meeting’s design and help prepare speakers and formulate agendas.

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How to Set Virtual Event Speakers Up for Success

Skift Meetings

Planners aren’t the only eventprofs getting used to virtual events — speakers also have a steep learning curve. Here’s how speakers and planners can work to deliver it. The post How to Set Virtual Event Speakers Up for Success by Victoria Copans appeared first on [link].

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Can a conference speaker measure audience interaction?


Events are meetings which have an exceptionally high level of professionalism. There are different triggers that assist in the completion of this task, for instance, an expressive speaker or a physical trigger. This trick assists the speaker in guaranteeing a smooth flow of communication with the participants. The post Can a conference speaker measure audience interaction? Though too much formality may create monotony.

A Masterclass in Making Meeting History Beachside

Smart Meetings

The most recent stop on the Great Meetings Restart tour was Smart Meetings National West, which hit the beach at Hotel del Coronado this week for three days of business, connecting and community. The gathering of meeting professionals was a testament to the resiliency of the industry.

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How Manny’s Moved Its People-Powered Meeting Place Online

Picatic by Eventbrite

Emanuel Yekutiel envisioned a people-powered meeting place with a rich social activism component. Stories and Interviews Artists and Talent Event Design Event Sponsorships Livestreaming Venues Passion and Profession Speakers and Panelists

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The Continued Importance of Outdoor Meetings 

Smart Meetings

While 2022 is in full swing, the meetings and event industry is continuing to navigate best practices regarding safe meetings and social gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. One trend that we are continuing to see is that of outdoor meetings.

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The fairest rules for meetings

Conferences that Work

What are the fairest rules to use when running meetings? ” I think it’s reasonable to concentrate on fairness to participants : the majority of those involved with the meeting. Status and power at meetings. I introduce the third agreement at meetings…. …by

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Welcome to the Farm! Meet Ryan Speaker and Steph Shuff

Event Farm

There have been a lot of exciting changes at the Farm recently, and we'd like to introduce two of the newest additions to our DC office: Ryan Speaker, Customer Support Specialist, and Steph Shuff, Sales Development Representative. RYAN SPEAKER 1) What drove you to Event Farm? I heard about Event Farm through a chance meeting with a member of the executive team.

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