by Kerry Heaps
We recently interviewed Meeting Planners about what they look for in a potential Speaker for their events. Here’s what they had to share about the submission process.
1. Pay attention to the submission process and provide what is requested. The questions and information that is requested is required for a reason. If you don’t provide what is requested and don’t get selected, that’s a pretty good indicator of why.
2. Make your topic and description summary SIZZLE. Write your summary and take away points as if you were going to market the class to your own prospects. This will increase your chances of selection, keep in mind that several professionals are contending for the same spot on the agenda, so make your presentation stand out.
3. Don’t write the Bio or description in first person. Keep your bio updated and make sure it’s written in third person. The same is true for your description, it needs to be written in third person for the Reader.
4. Keep your information updated. The contact information that you provide during the submission process needs to be kept up to date. Due to the nature of the submission process, it may be a few months before you are contacted with an offer. If you are sent an email that you’ve been chosen to speak, and it doesn’t reach you, the missed opportunity goes to someone else.
5. Adhere to deadlines. Once you’ve been selected and agree to speak, its imperative to follow the deadlines provided to you and to read all the information that is sent to you. Last minute changes happen, it is appreciated when you stay on top of things. Be proactive, not reactive.
A veteran Entrepreneur of 14 years, Kerry Heaps is the Publisher of Pageant Platform Magazine and the Host of Pageant Platform Podcast. She is the former Owner of Strictly Marketing Magazine and host of Strictly Marketing Talk Radio. Kerry is a sought after Speaker on topics such as Leveraging your Publicity to close more deals, Bodies Don’t Lie, Body Language Basics, The significance of Color in Wardrobe and the Psycology behind it, The Network Game – Making Networking “work” for your Business, and Follow-up tips for $ucess.
She is the Author of Pitch like a Bitch, Top 10 tips to Pitch like a Pro (May 2018) and she is also the Creator of the Create your own Media series for Podcasting, Publishing and Publicity. Kerry has an extensive background in Sales, Networking, Recruiting, and Training. She is a former Model who specialized in Trade Show and Print work, and an experienced judge on the beauty pageant circuit.
Kerry has interviewed celebrities such as Co-Host of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Authors Larry Winget, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Former Miss West Virginia and QVC Talk Show host, Kim Parrish and many more successful business entrepreneurs. She is a sought-after guest for many media outlets.