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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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CCTP to Serve Our Service Members

That’s a wrap on the Community Clergy Training Program Event. Two days of talking about how to better engage faith communities in rural areas across the country so we can serve our veterans who are dealing with PTSD, moral injury, suicidal ideation, and transitions.

People from across the country from Hawaii to Alaska working on helping those who have served all of us. Our veterans need us just as much as we need them and so many are fighting for them in so many ways.

I’m thankful that Congress saw this as a promising practice and chose to not only create and support but also to help fund this beautiful work.

We’re trying. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a stronger, healthier America for us all.

Thank you, Steve Sully for your heart, vision, and your grace to include me in this opportunity. You have truly blessed my life in ways I cannot repay.

Support our veterans and learn what that means, it starts with you, it starts with me, it starts with all of us trying to understand what that even means.

For my dad, who I wish we would’ve caught before he was lost.