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Get Rave Reviews by Hiring the Right Speaker

Summary: In this environment it’s often difficult for your members to find the time and the money to attend events. You need to make a compelling case for them to attend, and then wow them. The major drawing cards are your keynoters and session speakers. You need to ensure that your budget is being used effectively and that your delegates are receiving demonstrable value for their investment. Cathleen Fillmore of Speakers Gold, a speakers bureau, has 10 Questions that you should ask of prospective speakers:

There’s a lot riding on the shoulders of speakers at conferences or meetings; they can single-handedly make or break the event that you’ve put so much work into.  If you’ve ever hired a big name and paid big bucks only to be disappointed with the delivery and content….well, you’re not alone.

One meeting planner talked about hiring a speaker (who was paid $500,000) to lead a series of meetings across Canada on behalf of a financial services company. He emailed her his itinerary a day before which showed he’d be arriving late for his speech kicking off the entire event and she had to re-arrange the whole day’s schedule.

When you do hire a celebrity, ensure that he or she is also an excellent speaker who can not only draw in a crowd but also deliver on the promise with a message of substance and also inspiration.  Speakers need to educate, entertain and inspire all at the same time.  It’s quite a hat trick and when it’s done well, it’s absolutely unforgettable.

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Zzeem Partner presents at CSAE Trillium Conference

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Trillium Chapter is holding their Summer Summit in Collingwood, Ontario this year July12-13, 2012

If you’d like to find out how one organization successfully leveraged their resources, join Zzeem partner Erin Roberts at the Summit. Joy Nott, the President of I.E.Canada will join Erin and three other speakers on a strategy panel. You’ll find out how I.E. Canada ensured its scaleability and growth while simultaneously decreasing costs.

“We totally restructured our association in the past 24 months. Early in that process, I brought on Zzeem as a partner – that’s how I see Zzeem, as a partner, not a service provider… Now, we could   comfortably double our membership size and not add any staff or infrastructure and still be fully functional. Zzeem has the right skill set, strong organizational skills, and the background in non-profits that we need. I can honestly say there is nothing I’d ask Zzeem to do differently.”

The Conference offers everything from Educational Seminars to Keynote Speakers and an excellent opportunity to network with your peers. If you are an executive or a director of a Canadian association you will want to attend this conference.

We look forward to seeing you there. For more details please click on the link: CSAE Trillium Summer Summit

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Zzeem Partner Presents at National Conference for the Canadian Society of Association Executives

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is holding their National Conference & Showcase in Saskatoon this year from September 15 – 17, 2011.

The Conference offers everything from Educational Seminars to Keynote Speakers and an excellent opportunity to network with your peers. If you are an executive or a director of a Canadian association you will want to attend this conference.

Erin Roberts, one of the partners at Zzeem, will be presenting the results of the 2011 Benchmark Survey for Membership Organizations.  This is the only survey of its kind in Canada so this is a “not to be missed” opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more details please click on the link: CSAE National Conference

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