Need a guest speaker for an event you’re hosting? You’ve come to the right place! Our conference center has seen thousands of speakers come and go, and we’ve also worked with hundreds of event planners. So we have some advice that will save you countless hours of searching. Follow these five easy methods to find the perfect guest speaker for your event.
Consider Hiring a Speaker You’ve Seen
If you’ve been to a number of events in the past, you’ve likely seen a couple of guest speakers who would be a perfect fit for yours. Think back to who impressed you on stage — who kept the audience engaged, who answered questions quickly and professionally, and who gave the most value. Once you’ve come up with a few names, reach out to those people to see if they’re available and interested in speaking at your event.
Look for an Expert in Your Field
If your preferred list of guest speakers is not available, don’t fret! There are usually a number of experts in your field who would make a great speaker. Try searching through your LinkedIn networks or through the recent industry event programs to identify potential speakers. Try to focus on those who have had multiple years of knowledge in the industry and who could provide quality points on your chosen topic.
Search Through Taped Videos
Most major conferences and events tape their guest speakers. So one way to find the perfect speaker is to write to these organizations and see if they would be willing to share their videos. You may even be able to find one online through YouTube. Only a live video can give you a real-life look into their style, tone, and whether they’re the right fit for your audience.
Use Your Networks
Don’t be afraid to also talk to your friends and colleagues who have attended recent conferences and events. They may be able to refer you to a guest speaker they feel would be a good fit.
Ask Your Local Conference Center
If you’re at a loss when it comes to finding the right speaker for your audience, ask your hosted venue for ideas or suggestions. Since events are hosted there regularly, they may be able to put you in contact with some people.
At St. Elias Centre, we can help your event go off without a hitch. We have flexible space to accommodate any size you need, along with all the equipment for your guest speaker, onsite catering, and the best staff in Ottawa. Whatever help you need with your event, we’re here for you!