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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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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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.

[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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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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.

How to stay on time at online meetings

Conferences that Work

Tired of meetings that don’t end on time? Things were bad enough when we held our meetings in person. Now so many meetings are online, it’s easy to saddle remote workers with back-to-back meetings. But you can stay on time at online meetings when they’re your meetings — if you follow the guidance below! NOTE: Many of these suggestions are good practice for any meeting! Before the online meeting starts.

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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 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.

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.

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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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.

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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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Why people continue to speak for free at meeting industry conferences

Conferences that Work

Why people continue to speak for free at meeting industry conferences : Another issue of an occasional series— Dear Adrian — in which I answer questions about event design, elementary particle physics , solar hot water systems, and anything else I might conceivably know something about. My post Why don’t meeting conferences pay speakers? But of course, by definition, the meeting gets someone with: little or no speaking experience; no track record; and.

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What Is a Keynote Speaker and How Do You Find One?

Social Tables

But what is a keynote speaker, exactly, and how do you go about finding the right one? In this post, we take a deep dive into what a keynote speaker is: Who they are, what they do, and where to find them. What is a keynote speaker? What is the role of a keynote speaker? .

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How to Make Event Speakers


At the end of the day, the success of an event or meeting depends largely on the delicate relationship between event planners and speakers. At first, an event planner and a speaker get to know each other to see if there is any interest. And if that goes well, next stop is meeting up in in real life at your event where you hope all those initial feelings don’t fizzle. How can planners make it easier for event speakers to love them?

3 Keys to Speaker Success at a Virtual Event

PCMA Convene

The founder of a speakers bureau recently shared with Convene what event organizers need to keep in mind when working with presenters at online events. At an in-person event, you can feel the energy in the room when a speaker on stage is commanding the attention of the entire audience.

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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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.

The Ultimate Hacks For Successful Virtual Event Speakers

Endless Events

?? The Best of the Best: Engaging Your Audience: Virtual Event Speakers – The Ultimate Hacks For Success. One of the posts that I am sharing today is about speakers and the critical role that they play during events. Then, the first speaker takes the stage, and… they suck.

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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9 Creative Ways to Find Great Event Speakers

Expo Logic

Speakers are a vital component to any event - and can be one of the most difficult. Finding enough speakers to fill your agenda is one thing; finding the right speakers is another. In this guide you’ll discover: 9 great sources for finding conference speakers.

9 Creative Ways to Find Great Event Speakers

Expo Logic

Speakers are a vital component to any event - and can be one of the most difficult. Finding enough speakers to fill your agenda is one thing; finding the right speakers is another. In this guide you’ll discover: 9 great sources for finding conference speakers.

Questions speakers should ask planners

Plan Your Meetings

Over the years, from various sources I have collected questions that many meeting professionals would welcome hearing from speakers, either those whom they have booked or with whom they are considering booking. (CC) While meeting professionals certainly could develop these FAQs in advance, in can be much more comforting to encounter speakers who have the wherewithal to ask. Here are questions that I would like speakers to ask planners.

Lessons learned from online meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Conferences that Work

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) has published some useful lessons learned from organizing six online scientific meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online meetings improve access and attendance. Hybrid meetings in the future.

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