A top-notch event planner is a gifted illusionist, changing months of preparation and stressful heat-of-the-moment decision-making to what seems like a seamless and effortless event. The ideal motivational speaker is a magician of sorts, also, casting a lasting spell over audience members and allow them to see the world–and their ability to alter it–with fresh eyes.
The final result might be magical, but the steps to get there are fairly sensible, says Rich Libner, president of MCP Speakers. Having spent over 20 years organizing appearances of Palestrante Motivacional around Canada and the U.S., Libner knows from experience that the trick to creating a magical event is careful preparation, professional advice and clear communication.
Looking to make some magic in your next motivational speaker occasion? Cast your spell with these eight measures.
1) Start early
The earlier you begin your motivational speaker search, the more likely you are to get a speaker who’s available and fits your bill, both in terms of quality and cost. Ideally, you should begin your preparation 12 to 18 months before the big day, but effective events can be conducted with six months of lead time. Based upon the size and structure of your company, you might have to devote time to inner acceptance of your speaker choice–remember to build this step in your timeline.
2) Do your homework
Before beginning your search for a speaker, ensure you lay the groundwork for success. Build a knowledgeable team. Establish clear goals for your occasion. Make certain you have buy-in in the top levels of your company. Know your budget. And establish the qualities you’re searching for in a motivational speaker. MCP Speakers, as an instance, represents hardship speakers, creativity and invention speakers, goals and accomplishment speakers, success speakers, life balance speakers and much more. Use a consultative approach that will lead to concrete expectations for your event as a whole and the part of your motivational speaker specifically.
3) Seek expert advice
A speakers bureau is an integral partner for event planners, states Libner. “We both want the same result –a standing ovation.”
Start looking for a speakers bureau with years of experience and a diverse choice of speakers who focus on motivating audiences. MCP Speakers, as an instance, represents two-time Olympian and four-time Paralympian Jeff Adams, who tailors his message about overcoming hardship in sports to crowds ranging from business executives to childhood. Libner also represents Susan Ershler, motivational speaker and co-author of Collectively on Top of the World: The Dramatic Story of the First Couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits. Ershler motivates audiences with her success as an executive in Fortune 500 firms and as a mountain climber who coached on her lunch hours by climbing stairs with a 40-pound pack on her back.