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Finding Your Public Speaker in 2020

How do you choose an impactful speaker these days?

You have a conference, training, or general event coming up. You’ve planned and put together your agenda. You know your audience, but who are you bringing to really cement your program in stone? Are you simply bringing in the first name you can think of or do you have the perfect person in mind?

1: Talk to your speaker and be sure they understand the needs of your audience as well as what your goals are for the event.

2: Ask qualifying questions up front. What is your rate? What additional services can you provide for this rate? Have you worked with this audience type before? What are your needs during the event? What technology needs do you have? What types of event promotion can we expect from you? Think of this as a job interview, because that is exactly what you are doing.

3: Do your homework on them and be sure you have a feel for their style.

4: Be upfront about your needs. Your event agenda, logistics, your goals, and your expectations. Don’t settle!

5: Check around! The ball is in your court. If you are in need of a speaker, do your research and find one you connect with on a personal level. There’s no harm in having a few speakers you like either. You can always create a speaker list for future events.

6: Don’t wait to book a speaker! Many speakers are booked out weeks to months in advance. The sooner you can get them to tentatively hold a date the better.

7: Keep your speaker informed of your planning and event process. The more information they have the better they can be prepared to do a great job.

Good luck on your search for the perfect complement to your event.

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Hot Springs Sentinel Record Article

Check out today’s Sentinel Record for more information on my latest book release, the Art of Safe Storytelling. I’m thankful to have community support of my work and efforts.

https://www.hotsr.com/news/2019/jul/23/new-guidebook-stresses-art-of-safe-stor/?news

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Joshua York Legacy Foundation

I’m in White Marsh, Maryland this week consulting on suicide prevention, postvention, and outreach strategies for the Joshua York Legacy Foundation.

If you don’t already know about them, you should check them out. An amazing group of people who are doing everything they can to lift others up.

“Strengthening lives with love.” -JYLF

Check out their Facebook group Suicide Prevention Rocks to see some of their amazing work.

#suicideprevention #jylf #suicidepreventionrocks # #mentalhealth #livedexperience #inspire #schools #lawenforcement

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