If you host an event aimed at businesses, professionals or students, you’re most likely trying to impart some knowledge based on your experiences. When this is done right, speeches from respected speakers who have already made a name for themselves can be very inspiring and informative.
However, in some cases, people simply don’t take away any useful information after the event. Even if they find the presentation interesting, they may fail to capitalise on the advice that has been shared with them for a number of reasons.
In order to succeed, attendees at your event must follow all of the following steps without failing at any hurdle.
Firstly, guests need to actually be listening to the speaker and thinking about what is being said so they can understand the lesson to be learned. With a large audience, especially at an event with a lot else going, not everyone will pass this step. However, when the right material is presented well, this should be easy for anyone who’s interested.
The next crucial step for guests is retaining and remembering anything they have learned. They need to keep this in mind until they can identify the right situation in which to apply the lesson.
This is probably the most difficult step for the vast majority of people. It’s common for people in business who are looking for new solutions to try applying the exact same strategy they learned about recently to their business. This is rarely a perfect fit, and failing to tailor the lesson to a real situation will usually result in failure.
As you have probably experienced personally, it’s often difficult for people to actually learn a lesson properly and take it all the way through to implementing a successful version of that lesson to help themselves or their business perform better. The main reason for this is that people try to learn in different ways, and a few of those ways are simply not effective.
For example, looking at a bullet-point summary of a useful lesson as if it’s the critical formula for success is not a good strategy. Short-cuts rarely work like that, otherwise everyone would be equally successful. Taking the same steps as someone else will only ever bring you to the same destination if you started in exactly the same place. The same applies if you simply memorise the words of the lesson and treat that quote as a key to winning. In both cases, understanding is missing, so the lesson hasn’t been learned.…
If you’re relatively new to the world of event management, you will have a lot of questions and a lot to learn. No two events are ever the same, so building up experience takes time.
One tricky area when you don’t have much past knowledge is hiring a speaker to present at your event, and it can seem like a daunting prospect because you don’t want to come across as unprofessional when dealing with potential speakers. This is understandable, but if you avoid the common mistakes people tend to make and focus on a few helpful tips, you may have more confidence approaching this task.
One important factor to consider is that you need to make it clear how much you value your chosen speaker’s time. Not only do they have to set aside time for the event, but they will typically need to spend at least two or three times as much time preparing their presentation, and often a lot more. All this obviously depends on the type of presentation you’re asking for, so you need to be clear on this yourself before approaching them.
Based on this, the amount you offer to pay any speaker will be affected. If you’re thinking of asking your presenter to be part of your event for free, this might work if you can persuade them. However, bear in mind they probably already received many similar requests and had to turn most of them down.
It’s not just time you’re paying for, though, otherwise you could approach anyone with decent presentation skills. The status and identity of the person you’d like to speak at the event is obviously the biggest draw for guests at your event, and therefore it’s going to influence the price you pay more than anything else.
Typically, experts within your industry will already have some kind of reputation based on past events they have spoken at. With a bit of research, you should be able to decide what category they fall under in terms of relevance and skills to help you estimate their fees. As a very rough guide, you could expect the following rates as starting points:
Fees for speakers at events vary greatly, and they are usually subject to negotiation. In any case, you will need to consider your own costs for accommodating the guest speaker and weight this up against your total budget. If guests are attending for free, your budget will be finite so it’s up to you to decide what level of speaker you can afford to book.
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Whether you’re planning large events or simply planning your daily life, there are many benefits to getting more organised. You can achieve more, build better relationships, get less stressed and feel more positive. You just need to take simple steps to gradually get a hold on your life and improve your organisational skills.
It’s great top create checklists for anything you need to plan, so everything isn’t stored in your short term memory. Even if you’re good at remembering what you need to do, this can cause unnecessary stress. Sometimes a pen and paper works best, but there are many alternatives. You might use a noticeboard with pinned notes, a whiteboard where you can rub out completed items, or a specially designed mobile app.
Speaking of mobile devices, your smartphone will have a calendar built in (often more than one, and you can always download alternatives). Most of us don’t bother to use these, but they can be a powerful tool to help you keep a record of your appointments and get automatic reminders.
Don’t use your calendar exclusively for work events, because then you’ll still have to remember everything else and it won’t be accurate enough to help you. An organised person’s schedule will include everything they need to do, including professional and personal appointments, so that it can show you what your day actually looks like.
This may be a slightly random point, but a lot of us know the feeling of suddenly being at a loss when you realise you don’t have the key you need. If you get locked out of your office or even your home when you need to get things done, you can quickly get behind and waste a lot of time. Ensure you carry an emergency spare key or keep it somewhere safe to prevent this happening.
One step up from filing everything on paper (the old-fashioned way) is to save documents on your computer or phone, but the next stage is to use cloud storage for as much as possible. This means as long as you can access the internet, you have your files to hand. As long as you use a secure system, this can really help you stay organised.
If you stumble upon an interesting article online, it might typically go one of two ways: either you cut into your work time now by reading it, or keep it open in the background until it eventually gets closed accidentally and you forget all about it. However, there are dedicated apps which let you easily pin articles and read them at your convenience later, which we highly recommend.
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