Nine Things the Speaker Wants – Josh's List

Josh, the co-author of Groundswell, shares his thinking about being asked to give a speech, and what works and doesn’t work:

I spend 80% of my time now writing books and giving speeches. As you can imagine, I get a lot of speaking requests. Usually, the prep and the people I work with in organizations are great. But every once in a while — ok, actually more often than that — I’m surprised or disappointed in some of the actions of the people who want to hire me. It’s little things. Much like asking for help in an email, asking somebody to give a speech is far more likely to succeed if you understand how speakers work and what they’re looking for.

I’m not a prima donna — I don’t need my own case of Evian water, or a chauffeur-driven limo to the airport. But there are a few simple things that will make things go much better. These rules apply to me, but they also likely apply to anybody else who gives speeches regularly — and that includes most authors who are moderately successful. In writing this, I’m hoping that sharing the perspective from the speaker’s point of view may be revealing for you.

He lists nine points, including “#6. I’d sort of like to keep the slides in my own format.”

My Comments
1. Apart from aspects of #8 – because I publish and sell my own books – I fully agree with Josh’s list. But it takes me more like three hours to sign 200 books, not one hour.

2. If you want to hire Josh to speak, contact Belinda Simmelink. If you want to hire me to speak on making collaboration work, contact me directly.

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