Although a favorite among session formats from applicants, talks can be one of the more difficult session styles to put together. It’s important to remember that not everyone can keep the attention of the audience if the content is too “heady”. When reviewing your session applications, be willing to reach out to great session ideas about changing the format of their session; it’s possible they didn’t really think about the format when they applied. You have an opportunity to collaborate with a speaker and design a fantastic session!
Speaker Coaching #
We highly recommend having a speaker coach on your team. A good option is to reach out to a local Toastmasters group and ask them if they’d like to support your event with helping to coach your speakers; it’s a great solution for both of you. They now have an opportunity to work with people that want to speak better, show them how the organization works, and potentially bring on more members.
You may even want to make it a requirement for each speaker to attend a minimum of one or two coaching sessions. It can be very impactful, both for the attendees and the speakers themselves, for every session to have a polished presentation and content. Learning from peers is so powerful – it is your job to make sure each session has the highest potential for success.
Working with a speaker coach can also help your speakers design opportunities for audience engagement.