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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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For the Love of Live Event

On Saturday, the community will have an opportunity to come together and celebrate life while standing up and speaking out about suicide.

Arkansas is ranked ninth in the nation for the highest rate of suicide. Susie Reynolds Reece, executive director of Suicide Prevention Allies, said the state loses one person to suicide every 12 hours.

And, for every one death, there are 25 attempted suicides, Reece said.

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Mental Health Guide of Arkansas Ending Stigma Article

When no one talks about suicidal thoughts or mental health problems, “people that are having issues feel that they’re the only one; they feel very isolated,” says Susie Reece, executive director of Suicide Prevention Allies “And suicidal thoughts and mental illnesses are very isolating already. They don’t necessarily recognize that this is something that a lot of people are dealing with, and it starts to compound, and that’s when they become high risk.”

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Mental Health Guide of Arkansas