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Eco-friendly events are trending

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As public health restrictions loosen, hybrid and in-person events are seeing a comeback. One thing you can expect – as an event planner or as a speaker – is a nod to the environment.

As you plan your event or talk, ask yourself what can be done to incorporate sustainable measures while still creating a safe environment.

What sustainability measures do you use as a speaker or event planner?

 

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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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Booking an international speaker? Here’s what you need to know.

Booking an international speaker? Here’s what you need to know. 2560 1696 I Need A Speaker

We are thrilled to welcome international speakers to our directory!

If you’re considering booking someone from another country, keep these tips in mind:

  • Plan around the time difference. A great meeting time in the United States might mean your speaker joins the event at midnight in his or her home country. Choose a time that’s most convenient for everyone in attendance.
  • Realize there may be additional fees for currency exchange, depending on your payment method. Compensate accordingly.
  • Know and maintain cultural practices from the speaker’s home country.
  • Avoid using slang. People who speak a non-native language well may not know current slang terminology from other places.
  • Don’t reference stereotypes about the speaker’s home country. These stereotypes may be hurtful.
  • Use active listening to ensure the proper messages are heard.
  • If you have a bilingual or multilingual presentation, use interpreters as needed.
  • Help your speaker be as comfortable as possible. Ensure that he or she has a clear understanding of the event, the talk, the audience, and your expectations.
  • Enjoy the experience of getting to know someone from another part of the world!

 

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What do you want to know about public speaking or event planning?

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I Need A Speaker is here to serve! We want you to have your best possible speaker event or make the stage your happy place.

Help us help you! Tell us what you want to know. E-mail info@ineedaspeaker.com with your questions or comments about

  • event planning
  • how to choose the right speaker for your event
  • engaging with audiences
  • how to get started in speaking
  • what to consider when setting your price
  • building confidence
  • public presentation training

or anything else you’d like to know! We are happy to answer your questions.

Thanks for being part of I Need A Speaker’s international community!

 

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I’ll tell you what I want – what I really, really want!

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Whether you’re having an in-person or virtual event, one thing that never changes is your audience getting excited about giveaways. We all love the swag and gift bags. What’s the difference? Swag is usually branded, and gifts are focus on value, rather than brand recognition.

I researched what conference and meeting attendees are hoping to receive in 2021.

Having a virtual office party? Attendees are thrilled to receive:

  • Cocktail and mocktail recipes/kits
  • Apparel
  • Personalized items
  • High-end office supplies, like leather journals and luxury pens
  • Food baskets

For a corporate event or meeting, it’s best to provide:

  • Eco-friendly items, like reusable shopping bags and water bottles
  • Snack and beverage boxes
  • High-end office supplies, like leather journals and luxury pens
  • Virtual gift cards for coffee shops, restaurants
  • Tech items: wireless charging pads, earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, flash drives
  • Small live plants that thrive well indoors (think succulents, snake plants)
  • Wellness items (resistance bands, free weights, meditation app membership)

Limited budget? Send:

  • Virtual greeting cards
  • Handwritten notes
  • Electronic gift cards

If you’re sending something via postal mail or a shipping service, you’ll have to ensure that you have accurate addresses for your attendees. Check with the shipping vendor to find out the best time to send the packages to ensure that they arrive on time.

Communicate clearly if you want attendees to open the package at a specific time. For example, if you’re sending live plants, you’ll want those opened upon arrival. To set up a shared experience, ask attendees to be patient and wait until the event begins.

Customize your experience with great, relevant content and fun giveaways!

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