There are a vast array of Chamber Members with expertise in their particular field who are willing to share their knowledge with other groups. The Chamber saw an opportunity to create a special website section geared toward connecting these speakers with other businesses who might have a need for their knowledge. The Chamber Speaker's Bureau features available speakers and lists pertinent information such as speaking topic, objectives and benefit to audience. Each listing also links to the company website of the speaker, a short bio and contact information. The speakers are organized into the following categories for easier searching capability: Business Growth & Skills, Insurance, Marketing, Social Media, Travel, Website and Work/Life Balance.
Here are some helpful tips on ways to choose a speaker for your next engagement:
Think of Your Budget
Although it’s certainly not the most fun to think about, you have to think about money when it comes to your event. And being that you have to think about money, it’s important to be realistic about what you can afford.
Think of Their Expectations
Think about your audience and what they prefer to get out of the event and conference. Why are they attending? What would their reaction be to the keynote speaker you choose? Keep in mind that they are going to want to get a certain kind of takeaway from the event and also the speakers.
Think of Entertainment and Engagement Value
The content of the speech can be good, valuable content—but will it be engaging? Will it entertain the audience? This is something you seriously must consider when choosing a speaker.
What is the Speaker's Experience?
This may seem like a no-brainer but it really is important that the keynote speaker you choose have experience in your industry. Check out what other speaking engagements they have had and look at their bio and info page.
What is your Goal for the Audience?
It really is about what you want your audience to get out of the speech the speaker delivers. How your audience reacts and the chain reaction the speaker is able to create is what you want to think about when choosing a speaker.
It's easy to be considered to be listed on the Chamber Speaker's Bureau website section. Simply fill out the information on this Speaker Proposal Form and be sure to include a bio and photograph. This program is exclusive to Chamber members. To visit the Chamber Speakers' Bureau website section, click here.