Managing the speakers at your conference involves a lot more than just asking them to come and speak. You want your speakers to be as happy as your attendees are, because happy speakers means better ROI and a better event overall. So what are the best ways to build good relationships with your speakers to the benefit of your event? Here are six articles that explore the best way to manage your speakers.
Osman Sheik, writing for BusyConf, lists out seven essential things that meeting planners should know and do to best manage their speakers. From using speakers to promote your event to knowing exactly what they need well before the conference, Sheik’s list is incredibly helpful for both beginner and seasoned conference organizers.
5 Must-Do’s for your Conference Speakers (Event Manager Blog)
Christina Green looks at what organizers should ask of their speakers in this article on Event Manager Blog. The role of a conference speaker has moved far beyond simply presenting during a session, and this article looks at five things managers should expect their speakers to do before, during, and after the event.
It can be frustrating to try to manage the speakers for your event, especially when it seems like everyone’s waited until the last minute to send you the information you need to put your conference together. Michael Doane with CadmiumCD talks about how event planners should both think about speakers as well as what they can do to help smooth the process along and build a good relationship with speakers.
Dear Event Planner, We Hate You. Sincerely, Your Speakers. (Event Manager Blog)
Behind a provocative title, this article by Julius Solaris looks at the things that event planners really need to do (or not do) to keep their speakers happy. Solaris has been on both sides of the fence, as a planner and as a speaker, so he has a unique perspective on the subject. His advice includes giving in-depth feedback after sessions, not being overly specific with social media task requirements, and doing your research on the speaker before asking them to speak at your event.
5 Signs You Made a Bad Speaker Choice (Event Manager Blog)
Kelli White at Event Manager Blog knows that recruiting speakers can be an intimidating task, and sometimes a speaker you thought would work well just doesn’t mesh with your vision for the event. She looks at five signs that you’ve made a bad speaker choice and gives advice about how to take a bad speaker experience and turn it into a better choice in the future.