Is it time to choose a speaker for your event?
Ranging from motivational, to educational, to inspirational, there are a lot of benefits to hiring an event speaker.
A few years ago, I had a very demanding client who insisted on hiring a high profile speaker for their team building event, but ‘Mr. Hard-to-Handle’ had champagne tastes and a beer budget, and guess who had to break the news to him that:
- his chosen speaker wasn’t available on the one and only date we were available and
- even if he was available, we couldn’t afford to hire him.
If you’re guessing me, you’re right!
Then there was the time I had a 4-person speaker panel at a conference and one of the speakers pedaled his services from the stage instead of sticking to the outline and providing information and value to the audience.
I’ve learned a lot from hiring and working with event speakers.
How To Choose A Speaker For Your Event
When you choose a speaker for your event, in addition to vetting and hiring the speaker, it’s equally important to convey the proper message by giving the speaker(s) an outline and the event objective prior to the event.
By providing speaker guidelines, you’re politely telling the speaker the dos and don’ts of your event.
Hiring the right speaker, can take a lot of work off your plate, which gives you confidence and allows you to focus on other areas of the event and making sure it runs smoothly.
To make finding and hiring event speakers easier for your next event, consider these 6 guidelines that I’m sharing in today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV.
Earlier this year I attended an event and the keynote speakers were Daymond John and Kevin Harrington from Shark Tank. Not only did they provide valuable business insights but they delivered (what could be) dry information in an educational and humorous, story-telling style. They were perfect for the audience.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
In the comments below, let me know who you’ve recently seen at an event – whether it’s an event you’ve planned or one you’ve attended.
Thanks for sharing for your comments; I look forward to hearing from you.
Have an amazing week,