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Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option.

Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option. 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

When booking speaking engagements, some presenters only tend to focus on the client expectations and the bottom line. Although both are important, it’s also in speakers’ best interests to incentivize clients to pay in full prior to the engagement.

Why is this so important? Being paid in full ensures that events will not be canceled due to external factors, changes in management preferences, budgetary reductions, or other reasons. Here are some ways you can incentivize clients to hand you the money now:

  • Pre-event survey. Include a pre-event and/or post-event survey to collect audience information that’s valuable to your client.
  • Discount. Some companies have a policy that they must accept any available discounts. You may opt to offer a 2 to 5 percent discount with payment in full, which nets much more than zero if the event were to be canceled.
  • Follow-up coaching. Might your audience benefit from follow-up coaching by phone or Zoom?
  • Additional content. Add the temptation of a checklist, flow chart, questionnaire, or other reference piece.
  • Supplemental reading. Allow the benefits of your presentation to continue by offering material written or selected by you.
  • Debrief and recommendations. Suggest a post-meeting review of what went well, what could be improved, and how your audience might benefit from additional training or presentations. Your client will get a sense of your success and develop ways to engage your services in the future.

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker 452 158 I Need A Speaker

What a thrill to be on Julia Silver’s Qualified Tutor podcast! Qualified Tutor is a UK-based professional development community for tutors.

Tricia Richards-Service, founder of I Need A Speaker, discussed the benefits of lifelong learning. She also talked about the ways public speaking can benefit people by increasing their visibility for jobs and promotions; enhancing their interpersonal skills; and giving them greater self-confidence to be advocates for themselves and others.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mggD2j9TKlTCMHjBcZ1pB?si=ohBnpj5tSRyhlvySSI6aAg

Do you have a podcast? If so, we’d be happy to share the benefits of public speaking to help your audience maximize their potential. E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com

You asked, we answered – agency rate available now

You asked, we answered – agency rate available now 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Owners and managers of advertising and public relations agencies have asked, “Hey! We represent a lot of people! Do you have agency rates?”

Now we do! Want to know more? E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com for details.

Fundraising collaboration with Rotary District 7410 underway

Fundraising collaboration with Rotary District 7410 underway 918 310 I Need A Speaker

We’re so happy to be working with Rotary District 7410 (North East Pennsylvania) to increase visibility for the organization, assist with recruiting members, and help raise funds for polio eradication!

Does your group desire greater visibility and fund development for grants, training, scholarship, community outreach, or corporate social responsibility initiatives? Talk to us about a collaboration! Here’s how it works:

  1. Agree to promote I Need A Speaker within your organization.
  2. Members and contacts of your organization join for a special promotional rate of $247* (regular annual fee is $349).
  3. For each person who completes a paid speaker registration with I Need A Speaker using your unique promo code, we’ll give your organization a promotional fee of $50!
  4. Event organizers can search the directory free and contact speakers directly, eliminating costs typically associated with traditional speakers’ bureaus.

There is absolutely no risk! If no one from your group registers, promoting I Need A Speaker won’t cost you a penny. When speakers join using the specific code we provide, everyone benefits! Consider this: if 100 of your members/contacts joined, your organization would net $5,000. If 250 of your members/contacts joined, you would receive a check for $12,500!

E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com for more details. Know someone who would be interested? Pass this along!

Our most-requested topics for speaker events

Our most-requested topics for speaker events 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

The team at I Need A Speaker is on a mission to connect speakers with audiences to share information and to amplify voices of marginalized groups.

We are proud to work with you to build a directory of credible, engaging speakers and assist event planners with developing events.

Currently, we have users in five countries, and we are excited by the potential to make a positive difference on a global level.

As we move into 2021, our most-requested topics were:

  • diversity and inclusion
  • event planning in a COVID-19 world
  • marketing
  • social media management.

What topics would you like to present or hear about in 2021? E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com to let us know, and we’ll include information about that topic in an upcoming newsletter.

Academics, enhance your faculty activity report with speaker events

Academics, enhance your faculty activity report with speaker events 2560 1708 I Need A Speaker

Higher education faculty are tasked with documenting their teaching, scholarship, and service activities in an annual report.

If you’re in academia, you know that your faculty activity report is instrumental in determining rank and tenure decisions.

One way to enhance your activity report is to book yourself for more speaking events or assist in planning some.

Use our directory to promote yourself, increasing visibility for yourself and your college or university. Or use the I Need A Speaker directory to locate speakers on topics of interest to your audiences.

Zombies are for horror movies

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What do zombies have to do with public speaking?

A zombie is my nickname for a speech that is resurrected over and over again, without changes. Using a zombie speech is the easiest way to ensure a dull, generic presentation with dated material.

Fight the zombies and bring life into your presentation by reviewing, customizing, and updating each time you speak on that topic. If you don’t, your audience may soon resemble zombies themselves.

Improve panel discussions with one advance step

Improve panel discussions with one advance step 2000 1333 I Need A Speaker

If you’re invited to be part of a panel discussion, take the time to coordinate with other speakers before the event.

Make a quick call or drop an e-mail to introduce yourself  and share your talking points. By doing so, you can coordinate your message and avoid redundancy.

This one step will impress your event planner, who wants to deliver the best possible product, and it will create a better audience experience.

Develop rapport and improve your presentation with this easy tactic

Develop rapport and improve your presentation with this easy tactic 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

Good speakers will tell you that it’s important to know your audience. Great speakers will collect information prior to their speech, then use those details to shape their remarks.

How can you do that? Ask permission to reach out to a few audience members prior to the meeting, conference, or webinar. Prepare two or three questions that you can ask, collecting specific responses that are relevant to your subject matter.

Let me give you an example. Say you’ll be speaking to an audience about consumer behavior. Drop an e-mail to some attendees before you’ve finalized your remarks, and ask questions that can help you customize your presentation. You might want to ask about their most recent purchase or ask how they select from various brands.

When completing your remarks, include specific answers, which you can reference by saying things like, “One audience member reported that …” or “Based on what you’ve told me …”.

There are so many benefits to using this easy tactic. You’ll engage the audience immediately. You’ll delight the event planner for delivering such a customized, thoughtful presentation. And you’ll create a more memorable experience for everyone.

Wishing you a healthy, happy 2021

Wishing you a healthy, happy 2021 1707 2560 I Need A Speaker

The team at I Need A Speaker wishes you and your families a wonderful holiday season. May you have a healthy, happy 2021!

We’ll be back after January 1 with ideas, tips, and resources to help make your new year successful.

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