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Finding Speakers

Dan S.
Group Organizer
Lakeville, MA
Post #: 2

First, anytime you talk to someone about being a speaker, you should be talking to them about being a sponsor and visa-versa. The two go hand in hand.

Anywhere that someone is speaking in public is a good place to look for a speaker. Some examples:

Tradeshows / Seminars
Promoting a Book
Webcast or Webinar lead
Podcast lead
Professional Trainers
Other User Group Leaders
Evangelist and/or Technology Specialists at companies
Online Forums
If you come across someone talking about a topic that is of interest to your group, ask them if they would have any interest in "giving to the community" by speaking to your group about this or a similar topic. Don't get bogged down in the details like the date of your next meeting. First get them to say yes, they will support the community and speak to your group. Then you can figure out if the next meeting (or three or four meetings from now) is best.

As with Sponsors and everything else that we do, start developing the relationship. Running a group is a relationship business.

Dan S.
Group Organizer
Lakeville, MA
Post #: 3
Do not limit tradeshow and seminar speakers to live events you attend. There are events all over the country and many of these speakers travel. Do a search on events on a particular topic. The Twitter address for most speakers is publicly available. Feel free to send them a direct message asking them if they are interested in speaking to your group or if they know anyone that might be interested.
eg. a Bing Search for SQL Server event will get you to this site drill down to sponsors Exibitors. Digging a bit deaper and you will find the schedule which will have the name of the speaker. Look a little deeper and you can find information about the speakers. In some cases they will put their email address, blog address, and/or twitter address in the description. If not, just do a twitter search for their name. You will likely be able to find the person by the picture or by the content of their tweets.
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