7 Questions to Find the Right Speaker
by Kate Nasser |
Picture it. Your organization is planning a live or on-line event. You need a dynamic keynote speaker who is on target. Due to budget you are not going after the most famous speakers whose specialty you already know.
How do you select the right professional speaker from the millions (yes — millions) out there? There are hundreds of speaker sites with pictures, videos, bios, one sheets, and testimonials. Before you search these sites, use these guidelines to prepare and save time.
To find the right professional keynote speaker for your live or online event, first answer the following 7 questions:
- What is the primary thing you want the audience to experience?
Change in perspective?
Change in behavior?
Call to action?
- Who is your target audience — specifically? Sounds like a simple question yet take a minute and describe it more completely. For example: Our target audience is front-line customer service professionals and their front-line managers in the technology industry faced with the stress of reorganization and possible downsizing or outsourcing. They are from all over the globe and vary in culture, age, and background.
- What one topic will connect best to your event?
Leadership? Customer Service? Teamwork? Change? Finance? Healthcare? Sales? etc….
- Given that one topic, what is the ONE message you want your audience to receive?
Dig just a bit deeper to highlight some specifics. Example: If your main topic is customer service, clarify whether you mean selling to customers or serving customers. This is the biggest area of confusion and often you end up with the wrong speaker. There is a difference between sales and service! Is your message how to sell better or how to serve better?
- If you are not the decision maker for this event, ask the decision maker(s) what situation would keep them awake at night? In tough times, this is the topic they will most likely purchase.
- Also ask the decision maker(s), what bright picture do they see for their business or industry. If they are visionary leaders, they will purchase a topic that will help get them there.
- Scope and reach. Do they picture this event with a local or global focus? Simply within their industry or across industries? Does it affect all generations or a specific one? Will there be different cultures involved? This scope and reach step clarifies the needs even further and puts a spotlight on those speakers you will want.
You will get far better proposals from speakers when you first prepare with this list. Regardless of your topic or audience, these 7 questions will help you sail through the speakers’ sites with greater speed and *most importantly with the end result of picking the right speaker for your live or on-line event.
I have been a professional speaker and trainer on customer service, teamwork, and change for 20 years. I ask these 7 questions when planners call me. It tells me right away if I am the right speaker for their event or if not, who I would recommend. So I offer these 7 questions for your success in finding the right speaker every time!
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Many thanks and speak with you soon! Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach