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Monday, May 3
Post-Pandemic Speaking:
What You Need to Know to Thrive
with Mike Taubleb, Speaker Bureau Owner

Mike TaublebWhile in-person presentations ar slowly starting to open up again, there is still great demand for virtual.

Many feel that virtual presentations are here to stay. Some organizations may want to save money or promote COVID safety by not bringing large groups together, while others may want hybrid sessions, where some of the audience is in person and some is remote.

As companies and associations begin to look at what the new world of post-pandemic meetings looks like, how can you best position yourself and your business? What services can you offer? What can you charge?

Our expert for this session runs a speakers bureau and has been listening to his clients. Come learn the insights he has gained.

Read more about this session at the bottom of this newsletter, then register for the live program or pre-order the recording.
Note: Everyone who registers for the live webcast session or orders the recording will get a link to the recorded video of the online webcast, as well as the audio MP3 for convenient re-listening.

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Intensive — Uncommon Techniques to Enliven Your Virtual Presentations

You are such an engaging speaker in person — how can people zone out when on Zoom? Yet you’ve done it yourself so you know your audiences are doing it — multitasking during webcasts.

What are uncommon ways you can keep audience members focused on your presentation? You want practical ideas beyond polls and chat that keep them with you.

These three recordings will give you myriad ideas to keep your audiences with you.

  • “Dazzle Your Virtual Audiences with Gamification” with Rob Ferre
  • “How to Energize, Inspire, and Engage Your Online Audiences” with Warwick Merry CSP, CVP
  • “Quiz Shows: Take Your Webcasts from Boring to Soaring” with Traci Brown, CSP

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Miscellaneous Tips

Article on understanding what people care aboutDarcy Keith

This Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “The Science of What Makes People Care,” provides tips that can help speakers engage the audience and move them to action. It offers five principles for more effective communication and explains each one.

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Technology Tips

Drag and drop files to share in Zoom ChatSusan Nurre

When I’ve needed to share files in Zoom, I’d select the File icon at the bottom of the Chat box, work my way through the folders in my directory to find the file I want, select "open" from the dialog box, and the file title and size would appear in the Chat box as it downloads.

Now I have discovered that you can simply drag and drop files in Chat. Find the file you want in your directory structure (computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) then click on the file name and drag it onto your Chat box. To make it even easier, I can either put all the files from different folders in a single directory or open several occurrences of File Explorer. Then it’s just drag and drop as needed.

Warning: you still get a Network Disconnect error with either method if the file you are sharing is open on your computer.

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Topic of the Month (TOTM) — Your Input Wanted

Our TOTM is: It’s been a year since we’ve gone to remote presentations. What does your current virtual presentation checklist have that it didn’t have a year ago?

Send your brief, pithy responses *that are different from those previously mentioned* to editor@SpeakerNetNews.com. Please put “Topic of the Month” or “TOTM” in the subject line.

Cher Holton

This extends beyond the actual presentation checklist itself, but it has become a stress-saving (and potential disaster-saving) best practice for me. Every evening, I look at my calendar and set my phone alarm for 15 minutes before each Zoom meeting I have scheduled for the next day. This does two valuable things for me:

  1. It sets those reminder alarms so I never get so involved in a project I forget about one of my Zoom meetings.
  2. It gives me a quick review (as I set the alarms) of what’s coming up the next day, in case I need to do anything else to be prepared.

Another to-do is to have only the screens I will be sharing open — and quick access for documents I’ll be sharing during the meeting via Chat box.

Having a clean desk around me is really good too!

SpeakerNet News Webcast Info

Monday, May 3
Post-Pandemic Speaking:
What You Need to Know to Thrive
with Mike Taubleb, Speaker Bureau Owner

Mike TaublebSome speakers have fared well during the pandemic. Others have seen revenues plummet.

Even though some in-person meetings are returning, many more will be hybrid, or continue only virtually. What are ways you can increase your bookings — and fees — as we move forward? Do you know what planners want now and in the foreseeable future?

New formats, follow-up sessions, and pre-recorded presentations are on the rise. Do you know what they are so you can offer them to your prospects? What are speakers charging (and getting) for different delivery formats? What are audience’s expectations about speakers’ slides, A/V sophistication, and interactivity? How much rehearsal and promotional support do clients expect? How flexible will you need to be with force majeure? Can you change more if your production values are higher than most?

As the owner of Promenade Speakers Bureau, Mike has been listening closely to his clients. He’s amassed knowledge of what they want — and don’t want — as we transition into a post-pandemic climate. Equally important, Mike’s also tracked trends from fellow bureau owners, a global expert network across several industries, as well as futurists, academia and business writers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • how to position yourself for virtual engagements
  • what bureaus expect
  • how elevated demand for diversity is creating new opportunities
  • what corporate, association and bureau clients expect for your content and interactive capabilities
  • new(ish) formats you can charge for, e.g., fireside chats, assessments, pre-recorded presentations, shorter time slots (think TED), executive coaching, extended learning
  • what you need to change in your contract
  • hot topics
  • what kinds of speakers are losing their appeal
  • key issues still in flux
Register for the live program or order the recording.
Note: Everyone who registers for the live webcast session or orders the recording will get a link to the recorded video of the online webcast, as well as the audio MP3 for convenient re-listening.

Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific
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Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $49 (webcast)

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If you would like more wisdom about what meeting planners will be hiring, we’re suggesting the recordings of several earlier programs to complement this program:

  • “What Clients Are Buying During the Pandemic and Beyond” with Deborah Gardner, CMP
  • “SpeakerSavvy: Wisdom from the Dark Side (A Bureau Owner Comes Clean)” with Bronwyn Hesketh

With your order of this live or recorded session, at checkout you will be offered these recordings.

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