We recently interviewed Meeting Planners about what they look for in a potential Speaker for their events. Here’s what they had to share about the submission process.
1. Pay attention to the submission process and provide what is requested. The questions and information that is requested is required for a reason. If you don’t provide what is requested and don’t get selected, that’s a pretty good indicator of why.
2. Make your topic and description summary SIZZLE. Write your summary and take away points as if you were going to market the class to your own prospects. This will increase your chances of selection, keep in mind that several professionals are contending for the same spot on the agenda, so make your presentation stand out.
3. Don’t write the Bio or description in first person. Keep your bio updated and make sure it’s written in third person. The same is true for your description, it needs to be written in third person for the Reader.
4. Keep your information updated. The contact information that you provide during the submission process needs to be kept up to date. Due to the nature of the submission process, it may be a few months before you are contacted with an offer. If you are sent an email that you’ve been chosen to speak, and it doesn’t reach you, the missed opportunity goes to someone else.
5. Adhere to deadlines. Once you’ve been selected and agree to speak, its imperative to follow the deadlines provided to you and to read all the information that is sent to you. Last minute changes happen, it is appreciated when you stay on top of things. Be proactive, not reactive.