Workshop leaders, guest speakers and motivational speakers want the opportunity to share, collaborate and exchange ideas by presenting a motivational speech at an industry conference.
Successful call for presentations will generate energy and excitement for their topic and speaking style. I recently filled out a proposal to be hired as a motivational speaker for a large human resources conference. I usually fill out about 15 calls for presentation a year, and I am hired as a motivational speaker as a result in about 3 to 5 of these proposals.
This morning I received a phone call follow up from the HR conference committee chair saying my proposal was not selected. She continued to explain the qualities of a successful proposal. Because they were all good reminders, I thought I would blog about her top recommendations.
A successful call for presentations entails:
- Very specific take away points, relevant to the audience. Clarify an overall purpose designed around specific objectives and outcomes that relate to the specific audience. I believe a motivational speech should have one compelling message that every other point should relate to and reinforce.
- Novelty. If the topic, subject or speaker style is unique it will get noticed and help the conference committee make their selections in order to make their conference stand out.
- Editing. This is one area where my proposal to be a motivational speaker was quite weak. I had grammar and spelling errors throughout that the committee felt distracted from their ability to consider its content.
I usually get hired as a motivational speaker when people see me speak, so I don't often rely on the call for presentation to fill my calendar. Of the three criteria above, I think novelty would be the most important. Considering that conference committees wade through hundreds of call for presentations before they hire a motivational speaker, you really have to stand out.