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Harness the Power of Speaker Events for Lead Generation

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By Tricia Richards-Service

In the competitive world of sales, effective lead generation is crucial for success. One powerful yet often underutilized strategy for generating leads is hosting speaker events. These events can significantly enhance a company’s visibility, establish authority, and build valuable connections, all of which contribute to a robust sales pipeline.

Benefits of Hosting a Speaker Event

  • Speaker events position your company as one that is future-minded and growth focused. By hosting a speaker event, you demonstrate a desire to help others grow as well.
  • Unlike traditional advertising methods, speaker events provide an interactive platform to engage directly with your target audience. Through presentations, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities, you can address the specific needs and pain points of potential clients. This personalized approach helps in educating prospects about how your products or services can solve their problems, fostering a stronger connection and increasing the likelihood of conversion.
  • Speaker events offer unparalleled networking opportunities. Attendees are often industry professionals and decision-makers actively seeking solutions and partnerships. By connecting with them in a more personal and direct setting, you can build relationships that might not be possible through digital channels alone. These connections often lead to high-quality leads and long-term business relationships.
  • One of the most significant advantages of speaker events is the generation of qualified leads. Attendees are typically interested in the topics discussed, meaning they are already somewhat invested in your industry. Collecting contact information through event registrations, feedback forms, and interactive sessions allows for targeted follow-ups with individuals who have shown genuine interest in your offerings.
  • Content generated from speaker events can be repurposed for further lead generation. Recordings of sessions, blog posts summarizing key points, and social media highlights can all be used to reach a broader audience. This not only extends the event’s reach but also continues to attract and nurture leads long after the event has concluded.

Speaker events are a highly effective tool for lead generation in sales. By engaging directly with prospects, building meaningful relationships, and leveraging content, businesses can significantly boost their lead generation efforts and ultimately drive sales growth.

Ready to plan a speaker event? Email info@ineedaspeaker.com for additional details and speaker recommendations. We have qualified, engaging speakers on dozens of hot topics, including (but not limited to): sales, marketing, leadership, creativity, innovation, storytelling, fintech, business, real estate, investing, communications, workplaces of the future, DEI, and much more!

 

 

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Leveraging Speaker Events: A Strategic Approach to College Recruitment

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By Tricia Richards-Service

Speaker events offer a dynamic platform for colleges to engage with prospective students, showcase their institution’s unique offerings, and leave a lasting impression. By strategically leveraging these events, colleges can effectively attract top talent and bolster their recruitment efforts. Here’s how:

  1. Identify Target Audience: Before hosting a speaker event, it’s crucial to define the target audience. Whether targeting high school students, transfer applicants, or prospective graduate students, understanding the demographics and interests of the audience ensures that the event aligns with their preferences and aspirations.
  2. Select Compelling Speakers: Choose speakers who resonate with the target audience and embody the values and ethos of the institution. Whether alumni who have achieved success in their fields or renowned thought leaders booked through I Need A Speaker, compelling speakers can captivate attendees and lend credibility to the college’s brand.
  3. Choose Engaging Content: Develop content that not only showcases the college’s academic programs and extracurricular opportunities but also addresses topics of interest and relevance to prospective students. Consider incorporating panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and interactive activities to keep attendees actively engaged.
  4. Promote Widely: Utilize various channels to promote the speaker event, including social media, email newsletters, and targeted advertising. Collaborate with high schools, community organizations, and educational partners to extend the reach and attract a diverse audience of prospective students.
  5. Personalize the Experience: Tailor the speaker event to cater to the interests and preferences of attendees. Offer opportunities for one-on-one interactions with faculty, current students, and admissions staff to address individual questions, fostering a personalized and memorable experience.
  6. Highlight Success Stories: Before the featured speaker begins, take a few minutes to talk about the programs you offer. Showcase success stories of alumni who have leveraged their college experience to achieve their goals. Alumni testimonials and success stories serve as powerful testimonials, illustrating the tangible impact of attending the institution and inspiring prospective students to envision their own future success.
  7. Follow-Up and Nurture Relationships: After the event, follow up with attendees to express gratitude for their participation and provide additional information about the college’s offerings and application process. Establishing ongoing communication and nurturing relationships with prospective students can facilitate their journey through the admissions process and increase enrollment yield.

In conclusion, speaker events present a valuable opportunity for colleges to showcase their strengths, connect with prospective students, and differentiate themselves in a competitive landscape. By strategically planning and executing speaker events, colleges can effectively support their recruitment efforts and attract top talent to their institution.

 

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Engage Your Audiences with Games and Challenges

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By Tricia Richards-Service

What’s a five-letter word for something that adds interest, fun, and maybe a little competitive spirit to presentations? Games! (See what we did there?)

Gamification integrates elements of game design into non-game contexts to enhance engagement and motivation. By incorporating game mechanics such as points, levels, and rewards, speakers can turn passive listeners into active participants, fostering a deeper connection with the material being presented.

1. Quizzes and Polls

Start by integrating quizzes and polls into your presentation. Pose questions related to your topic and allow attendees to respond in real-time using polling tools or interactive platforms. Instant feedback and visible results create an immersive experience, encouraging participation and facilitating discussion. Some speakers provide audiences with a list of major points related to the overall topic and let the audience choose the topics, order of topics, or activities!

2. Puzzles and Brain Teasers

Challenge your audience’s problem-solving skills with puzzles and brain teasers. Whether it’s a visual puzzle or a riddle, these interactive elements provide opportunities for attendees to apply the concepts you’re presenting in a fun and engaging way. Encourage collaboration by inviting participants to work together to find solutions.

3. Team-based Competitions

Organize team-based competitions to add an element of friendly rivalry to your presentation. Divide your audience into teams and assign them tasks or challenges that require creative thinking and collaboration. Offer small, motivational rewards for successful completion, fostering teamwork and camaraderie among participants.

4. Rewards and Recognition

Incentivize participation by offering rewards and recognition for attendees who engage with your presentation. Consider giving out prizes for correct quiz answers, badges for completing challenges, or entries into a prize draw for active participation. Celebrating achievements reinforces engagement and motivates attendees to stay involved.

To effectively incorporate gamification into your presentations, keep these tips in mind:

  • Align Challenges with Objectives: The activity you choose may be the most impactful part of your presentation. Ensure that the challenges you design are relevant to the key concepts and learning objectives you want to highlight.
  • Balance Difficulty Levels: Provide a variety of challenges to accommodate attendees of different skill levels and backgrounds. Match people with complementary skill sets when you can.
  • Encourage Collaboration: Foster teamwork by designing challenges that require participants to work together towards a common goal. Solidify the team mindset by allowing teams to choose a name for the competition.
  • Celebrate Successes: Acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of participants throughout the presentation to maintain motivation and engagement. We have seen speakers use everything from star stickers to lottery tickets to candy bars.

Gamification and challenges offer a powerful way to engage audiences and create memorable learning experiences. By incorporating quizzes, polls, puzzles, and team-based competitions, speakers can transform their presentations into dynamic and interactive events that inspire and inform. Why settle for traditional lectures when you can elevate your presentations and unlock the full potential of audience engagement? GAME ON!

 

 

 

 

 

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Without Further Ado, We Offer Alternatives to “Without Further Ado”

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By Tricia Richards-Service

Introducing a speaker sets the tone for their presentation, making it crucial to start with impact. While “without further ado” is a classic phrase, it’s a dated one that lacks variety and excitement. When introducing a speaker, video, or other element of a presentation, try using these alternatives:

  1. “Let’s Dive In”: This phrase immediately invites the audience to immerse themselves in the upcoming presentation, fostering engagement and anticipation.
  2. “With Great Excitement”: Expressing enthusiasm primes the audience for an electrifying talk and emphasizes the significance of the forthcoming discussion.
  3. “It’s Time To Welcome”: This statement not only introduces the speaker but also signals to the audience that they are about to experience something noteworthy.
  4. “Without Delay”: This concise alternative maintains the sense of urgency while offering a fresh take on the traditional introduction.
  5. “It’s My Pleasure to Introduce”: Infusing a personal touch, this phrase conveys warmth and respect, setting a welcoming tone for the speaker’s presentation.
  6. “Let’s Get Started”: Simple yet effective, this phrase conveys eagerness and sets a brisk pace for the presentation.
  7. “Without Hesitation”: Emphasizing confidence, this alternative underscores the speaker’s authority and encourages the audience to pay attention.

By incorporating these alternatives into your introductions, you can invigorate your presentations and ensure that your speakers start off on the right foot. Remember, the way you introduce a speaker can significantly impact the audience’s receptiveness to their message. Choose your words wisely and set the stage for an unforgettable experience.

 

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Moving targets make you easy to miss

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Years ago, while the BBC was interviewing a woman on live television, her child interrupted by toddling into the room. Since the pandemic, that’s happened over and over again.

This video is a parody of the original, but the takeaway is the same: when there are distractions, the speaker is no longer the focus. Audience members lose their focus, and they aren’t listening to the speaker’s message.

On virtual meetings, the distractions could range from a passing emergency vehicle to a playful puppy. In face-to-face sessions, distractions may come from the movement of a stage assistant, guest(s) seated on stage, or passersby outside a window.

Your audience members will be distracted when there is movement around you. Eliminate movement as best you can, and keep the focus on you.

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Wow! That’s impressive!

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In Dale Carnegie’s famous book, Public Speaking for Success, he shares tactics on how to make figures more impressive.

We agree with his advice, and we know it makes figures more memorable, too.

Consider the example he gives in chapter 13:

The Vatican has fifteen thousand rooms.

The Vatican has so many rooms that one might occupy a different one every day for forty years without having lived in them all.

Make it relatable.

 

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Answer questions before they can be asked

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When your presentation content raises questions, your audience will begin thinking more about the questions and less about what you’re saying.

Anticipate what questions your audience will have, and answer them in your presentation. Don’t wait for someone to raise a hand.

 

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Be your virtual best

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The current business and academic landscape has proven to be far different over the past two years than what we have been accustomed to previously. Whether you’re a student, teacher, employee, business owner, or any position in between, we have ridden the wave of challenges and changes that come with shifting our processes to socially distance ourselves and implement an unforeseen set of precautions. 

One major implication and struggle of this process is learning flexibility when it comes to presenting, teaching, or even daily communication. Many of us can relate to changing our meeting space from a formal room/table to a virtual setting. While this can be a more comfortable atmosphere for some, we need to be aware of the challenges this new structure can have, and how to overcome them. 

While some may relate “virtual meetings” to comforts such as comfy clothes, little to no commute, and the privacy of our own home, it’s important to maintain a professional and credible image during even the most seemingly informal interactions. Regardless of your position, taking the appropriate preparatory steps can make or break your image to your audience. 

Your friends at I Need A Speaker are dedicated to helping speakers put their best foot forward, and being presentation rockstars. That commitment remains steadfast, regardless of if you are using a virtual or physical stage. We would like to share this opportunity to share some tips to help your adjustment to a virtual space be as seamless and successful as possible. 

For starters, be prepared to be seen on camera. While some presenters opt for no video, this may be requested by your audience (or professor, for students). Your first impression is lasting, your audience will notice your appearance, including your attire and level of polish. Make sure your visible appearance is professional and approachable, meaning details like pressed clothes, posture, a well-groomed appearance, and your facial expressions are going to be not only noticed, but interpreted by the audience. 

Next, set yourself up for success by making sure your background is ready for your presentation. Your audience doesn’t want to see, but will notice, if your shared screen shows the hamper of laundry, an unmade bed, etc. By keeping a clean background, your presentation avoids visual distractions. You may also opt for a platform such as Zoom, which allows the presenter to select a custom virtual backdrop (they’re really cool!), if you like. 

Your background should also be free of audible noise. Make arrangements ahead of time to set yourself up in a place that is as quiet as possible. This will also help you be free from potential distraction, as well as your audience. Make sure your background doesn’t have audible disturbances. Sounds like a no-brainer, but this is a surprising pain point we see in virtual presentations. 

Before presenting, give your systems a test run. Do you have to complete a “Forgot your password?” process before accessing your platform? Is the camera working on your computer? How do you look on screen? Address these items ahead of time, it may save you from a frantic panic before presenting. One strategy may be to run a test call with a friend, asking for their feedback on your presence. 

Go through a mental checklist of the items we shared for presenting. Give yourself ample time to address any obstructions to a great presentation, and put your hard work on the appropriate pedestal for appreciation from your audience. We’re sure your presentation is fabulous, so don’t let it fall apart by missing the small details. They have a large and lasting impression.

 

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Make sure time is on your side

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Event planners juggle many responsibilities. They want to be sure that everything works well for the events they plan.

One crucial element in planning is time. Speakers are typically booked for a set time frame. In the planning stages, event planners will review the length of time allocated for each speaker.

Speakers who complete their presentations with time to spare may cause a problem, because they will affect the schedule for the remainder of the event. The same is true when they speak too long.

When practicing, speakers need to time themselves. It’s important to respect the time frame they have been given and do their part to help make the event run smoothly.

 

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Yes, we do recommend practicing with distractions

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Most public presentation coaches will emphasize the need to practice before speaking in front of a live audience.

Some speakers will claim that it’s difficult for them to find a quiet place to practice their speech without interruption.

Surprise! You may be better suited to a space with distraction.

Why? Practicing amidst noise and movement may actually prepare you better for the live gigs. While you’re speaking at an event, there may be background noice during virtual presentations. At live talks, there may be cell phones ringing or doors opening and closing as people come and go.

Knowing how to stay focus amidst distraction will help when you’re speaking live. Try it.

 

 

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