SpeakerMatch Teleseminar Series

Why did my proposal get rejected?

Event Planner, Marie Herman, reveals what you may be doing wrong.

Guest: Marie Herman

This was a 60 minute teleseminar which took place on May 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Have you ever wondered why an event planner has selected another speaker over you? Maybe you've secretly suspected that there was something you were doing that was sabotaging your chances of being considered, but since you didn't know exactly what you were doing wrong, you weren't sure how or what to change to improve your odds. You might have tried asking for feedback, but just received a noncommittal answer like "we selected another speaker" without any real details or helpful hints. Well, here's your chance to discover the inner secrets of an event planner's thought process when hiring speakers and what you can do to improve your chances of being selected. Find out what you may have been doing that has eliminated you from consideration. You're sure to learn many useful tips for making your speaking pitch more relevant to the event planner's audience which will make the event planner far more inclined to choose you.

What Was Covered in This Interview:

  • Some of the key attributes event planners look for when booking speakers
  • What kind of things remove a speaker from consideration!
  • Tips on how you as a speaker can make an event planner's life easier
  • Suggestions for building a more effective and ideally long term relationship with event planners

About Our Guest

After receiving a number of grateful remarks for her insights in our LinkedIn discussion group we decided to invite event planner, Marie Herman, on SpeakerMatch Radio. Marie Herman, CIWD, ATM-S, MCAS has over twenty years of experience as an Event Planner, Administrative Professional and Efficiency Consultant. Having an incurable desire to help others (or perhaps an inability to say no), Marie often volunteers to chair or organize meetings and events. Marie has booked hundreds of speakers during her career from events as small as 10 attendees to as large as 2000+ with budgets ranging from non-existent to thousands of dollars. Marie is serving as the 2010-2011 Vice President of the Illinois Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She is also a member of Toastmasters and the National Association of Parliamentarians. She was honored to be the recipient of the DeskDemon Management Support Fellowship Award as well as numerous other awards and honors during her career.


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