Making the decision to hire a leadership speaker for your next big corporate event is a big choice to make. With so many possibilities out there in a wide variety of styles, choosing the right speaker for your company’s specific needs can be difficult. Before booking any leadership or motivational speaker to give a presentation, certain facts should be known. These tips can allow you to make the right choice, and provide a checklist for things that should be known and completed prior to booking any speaker for your event.
1) Know the Date
A speaker’s availability is often limited. It’s possible that you can find a leadership keynote speaker who provides exactly what you want for your event, but they’re booked solid for the next block of time and it conflicts with your schedule. Knowing exactly when your event will take place is an imperative part of finding a speaker that can fit within your schedule.
2) Know your Audience
What are the demographics of your company’s audience? Are most of your employees young and vibrant? Do you hire a wide variety of people from all walks of life? Knowing the audience is a key factor in choosing a leadership speaker that can have the highest likelihood of success. If your employees are mostly young, try to find a leadership speaker that can relate to them – perhaps someone who is young themselves.
Do you know what topics you want a speaker to address? Are you looking for specific topics, or more generalized ones? Knowing what topics you want to address can narrow down your search for the right leadership speaker for your event.
4) Focus on Style
Most well-known leadership speakers have a large body of work that can be researched prior to booking them for your event. Some use humor in order to get their point across. Some are more serious. What style is most likely to appeal to your employees as an audience? Find a speaker that appeals to the target audience of your employees and determine if their availability fits into your schedule. Are you looking for someone with notoriously high energy, or someone who is more laid back? The style of the meeting can set the entire tone for your corporate event, and a speaker’s style can carry over directly to their audience.
Like everything, budget is a vital factor to deciding on the perfect speaker for your event. Many speakers charge an appearance fee, and if that fee is more than you were intending to spend, then you may have to look at other alternatives.
With so many factors to consider, choosing the right leadership speaker can easily seem overwhelming or impossible. Keeping a checklist of things that need to be completed as well as a list of possible candidates is vital to organization and selection. The more prepared you are when choosing the perfect speaker for your event; the more likely you are to succeed. Success is measured in the overall result. Focus on the end result, and not on the process. By organizing your options and keeping careful records of the steps that have been made, it often makes the process easier. The results are more likely to be something that you are proud of.