How to Make Your Conference Speakers Feel Special

by Joanna Pineda Posted on January 14, 2019

Microphone I get asked to speak at industry and professional conferences throughout the year. While I appreciate the opportunity provided by every organization, I want to give a shout out to the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (they call themselves the International Foundation, let’s call them the Foundation in this blog post).

I don’t get paid a big speaking fee by the Foundation, but I always enjoy speaking at their conferences for one simple reason: I feel special, extra special, in fact. Here are some of the things the Foundation does really, really well for their speakers:

I bet it doesn’t cost the Foundation very much to do these extra things for their speakers, but they go a long way toward making me feel welcomed and valued.

So shout out to Tom DeRoche, Director of Educational Programs, and his team at the Foundation!

Since so many of you say that it’s the educational content that draws people to your conferences, what are YOU doing to make your speakers feel special?

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