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SPEAKER MONTH: The art of collaboration – Top tips for effective speaker liaison

Event managers wear many hats, but few are as crucial as fostering a positive relationship with speakers – their expertise and engagement are what draw attendees. Here are some of our top tips on how to effectively liaise with speakers before, during, and after your conference to ensure a smooth and successful event

Before the Event:

  • Clear Communication is Key: From the initial invitation, ensure clear and consistent communication. Outline the topic, target audience, expected format, and any specific requirements you have (e.g., slides, handouts).
  • Be Flexible and Accommodating: Work with speakers’ schedules and needs. Offer suggestions for travel and accommodation, and be flexible within reason regarding presentation length or technical requirements.
  • Building Excitement: Share promotional materials and social media posts featuring the speaker to help them build anticipation for their talk. Consider offering a platform for them to connect with attendees beforehand.

During the Event:

  • A Warm Welcome: Go the extra mile. Greet the speaker upon arrival, answer any last-minute questions, and ensure they are familiar with the stage, equipment, and presentation format.
  • Backstage Support: Assign a dedicated point person to assist the speaker with any needs throughout the event, from technical glitches to microphone adjustments.
  • Show Appreciation: Publicly acknowledge the speaker’s contribution during introductions and throughout the event.

After the Event:

  • Follow Up Promptly: Send a thank-you email within 24 hours, expressing your appreciation for their participation.
  • Gather Feedback: Request feedback on the event and their experience. Positive testimonials can be valuable for future marketing efforts.
  • Stay Connected: Maintain a connection with the speaker. Invite them back for future events, or simply keep them informed of relevant developments in your field.

Bonus Tips:

  • Address Concerns Proactively: Anticipate potential issues speakers might face and have solutions ready. This could include anything from dietary restrictions to technical hiccups.
  • Embrace Technology: Utilising online portals or platforms can provide speakers with easy access to event details, presentation schedules, and logistical information.
  • Personalize the Experience: Get to know your speakers beyond their presentation topic. A little personalization goes a long way in building rapport.

By following these tips, event managers can build strong relationships with speakers, fostering not just a successful event, but also the potential for future collaborations and a thriving network of industry experts. Remember, happy speakers make for a happy audience, and that’s the key recipe for an unforgettable event.

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Stuart O'Brien

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