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How To Land Speakers For Your Virtual Event

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Speakers are one of the main ingredients of your event! Brainstorming speakers closely ties into your goals for your timeline. Having a clear understanding of the value that you will provide to your speakers and how their mission aligns with the goal of your event will better prepare you for the pitch.


BRAINSTORM:


Set your timer for 10 minutes and brainstorm all the potential speakers you can think of.

Then organize them into 3 categories:

  • Dream Speakers / Anchor Speaker: These are A-list speakers of your niche. The best of the best. The ones with the most extensive authority and brand recognition.


  • A-List Speakers: These are people at the top of their game that you feel you have a realistic chance of landing. They are viewed as industry experts, have a large following, and are passionate about your topic.


  • Sure Win Speakers: These are the ones you can rely on to say "yes"! Normally, these are people you've worked with in the past, or have a strong connection to.


PREPARING TO PITCH:


Getting speakers who you don't know to say YES comes down to communicating what's in it for them. Explaining what's in it for them typically falls into three categories. When you approach someone in hopes of securing them as a speaker, you should appeal to at least one of these incentives.


The more incentives you are able to convey, the higher likelihood you will have of securing them as a speaker. Typically, you can add each speaker to one or more of these incentive categories.


FINANCIAL

  • Paying them to speak

  • Allowing them to pitch your audience

  • Your promotion of their products and services


SOCIAL

  • Name drop one of their colleagues or common connections

  • Mentioning other confirmed speakers at your event


MORAL

  • They are the solution to helping you audience solve a problem

  • When that problem is solved, what is the greater benefit?

  • Make sure the moral is something that is important to your speaker


Expert Tip: Prior to pitching, engage with your potential speakers content on social media. Comment and re-share their posts. The more visible you can make yourself prior to the pitch, the more successful you will be.