Event planners often hire closing speakers from within a particular industry segment related to the topic of the conference, convention, trade show or other business-related get-together. And while industry insiders may be known to audience members (some may be considered experts) they may not be your best choice for a closing speaker.
In fact, your choice of closing speaker may be the most important decision you make as you put together the various elements of an upcoming event. These professional speakers are in demand because of what they accomplish on that last day. The end.
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I am Chip Eichelberger and have been speaking professionally since 1993. Since 1966 if you count being the ringmaster at our first grade circus. If being the open - ing and/or closing speaker at over 946 CONVENTIONS and working with Tony Robbins for 6 years has taught me anything it is this:
Most of the time I see the leadership forcing the meeting planner trying to put too much information into one event. Try to make the breakout sessions shorter than planned. Use the room set-up recommendations I suggest in that document for all meeting rooms. Make the breaks longer and give the participants more opportunities to network.
Do not go more than 60 minutes without giving them the opportunity to stand up – do something! Ask them a question, have them stand and share the answer with a neighbor, do a massage and play some upbeat music, do some stretches, play a game – anything. Unless you want to lose them, do not put multiple speakers back to back to back to back to back to back. Give them time to share best practices in an effective forum.
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