After you have connected with a number of people who share a common interest, it’s a good time for you to host an event to bring these people together.
There are many types of events you can host, from round table discussion groups to larger community meetings with speakers and an opportunity to network.
Here’s a short checklist of the steps to preparing for an event:
- Choose a topic to present on that you are familiar with
- Choose a convenient location
- Prepare an agenda and event description
- Create a PowerPoint presentation and handouts
- E-mail an announcement containing a link to the event description and RSVP form using SureToMeet.com
The types of events and locations include:
|Type of Event||Size||Venue|
|Discussion group||5-7 people||Restaurant with private dining room|
|Workshop teaching a skill||10-20 people||Hotel or banquet/meeting facility|
|Speaker and networking||20+ people||Hotel or company conference/training room|
|Conference with multiple speakers||100+ people||Hotel, conference center, or resort|
For small events you can draw upon your own network of contacts. However, for larger events you may want to partner with other presenters and send event announcements to people on each presenters’ contact list.
Becoming a public speaker and event organizer has several advantages beyond building a contact network. Speakers are frequently asked to consult on projects, join community task forces and committees, and be interviewed by the media. In addition, producing conferences and similar events can become a significant source of revenue and profit.