How to make speakers love your conferences, events and you!
You want a good, funny, competent, low maintenance speaker for your event?
But is your event a good event for your speakers? And are you a good event organiser for speakers?
Telephone interviews are more staccato with less niceties than a face to face. They are also much less fun and far more nerve-wracking and dangerous. You need to be ready to go from the outset. You will often sadly simply be “the next one” and the interviewer is often just looking for reasons to make the pile in front of them smaller. And the quickest way to do that is to get rid of YOU!
Why are you standing up and putting yourself through this? Do you want to inform or persuade? What must you achieve? What defines success? Answer these questions first and it will focus your thoughts and your words.
NO2AV Referendum – 2011 saw the first UK wide referendum since 1975. While nominally Communications Director, my de facto role in the referendum campaign very soon became cross-party parliamentary liaison. I conducted the negotiations to bring the Labour Party on board the official NO campaign. Labour and the Conservative Party are tribal opposites and working together was a big thing for them.
Interviewers like consistency, they enjoy being able to judge each candidate by a set benchmark. This is why the same interview questions come up time and time again. Doing well in a job interview is down to you being able to express yourself clearly and coherently, communicating your message (i.e. your provable and evidenced differentiating skills and abilities) and explaining why you are the one they should choose. Continue Reading
For many people, public speaking is not easy. For some people, it is simply terrifying. Speaking in front a large crowd, particularly of your peers, has been likened to the trauma of buying a house, going through a divorce or going to the dentist. Of course, it is far worse when your career depends on it and the stakes are high.
Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan wants to change behaviour amongst GPs and industry. Oh as well as potentially change the price of a widely used drug. (Or does he? Watch and see for yourself!) That’s a pretty big ask when a profession is being asked to change years of accepted practice and when an industry profits from they way they do things.