Get more from your conference speaker: 5 ways I help conference organisers promote their events

Ask me to speak at your event and I’m all in to give you and your guests a motivating and memorable experience.

You can expect:

  • Guaranteed no death by bloody PowerPoint. In fact, hardly any slides at all.
  • Audience interaction and participation.
  • Passion and infectious enthusiasm.
  • Real personal stories.
  • Real strategies that produce real results.

But if you book me I’ll do more than deliver a speech. I don’t just turn up 15 minutes before the gig, expect a posh green room with champagne and perks, and then dash off to the airport as soon as I exit the stage.

Conference organisers love it when I get involved in promoting their events. And my Vlogs showcase the event and the city it takes place in, are becoming well-known.

Here’s what you can expect when you hire me to work with you.

  • The talk
  • Me at your event all day
  • Teaser video
  • Social media promotion
  • Live video
  • Event and city Vlog

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The Talk

Although I offer more than just a speech for your event, the talk is the main reason you want to work with me. Keeping marketing simple. Fighting complexity in marketing. Putting together a content marketing strategy. These are the topics I can inspire and motivate your audience with.

But I’ll work with you to fit my talk to your audience. Let’s have a video call well in advance to make sure the talk hits all the spots want it to.

I’m your’s for the day

I’d love to spend time getting to know your guests, answering their questions, and simply hanging out.

You don’t need to hide me in a green room behind the scenes and pamper me with rose petals and champagne (I’m told some speakers expect this). I don’t have an ego you need to massage. I’m not the kind of speaker that arrives with only 15 minutes to spare, delivers his talk, and then does a quick runner for the airport.

You book me and you’ve got me all day.

Want me to have a one to one with selected guests? Perhaps run a workshop? Maybe chat to your sponsors and to the press? I’m happy to do audio or video interviews if it helps you build your business.

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Teaser video

Once we’ve agreed on the topic of my talk, I’ll put together a teaser video for you. Lasting 1-2 minutes and in the style of my “RogVLOG” and “Marketing Made Simple” videos on YouTube, I’ll shoot it specifically for your event. You can use the teaser video on your website. On social media. On your YouTube channel. And I’ll share it on social media as well.

Here’s an example of a teaser video for the AllWeb Albania Conference, October 2019.

Social media promotion

In the run-up to your event, I’ll help your promotional activities on social media. Tell me the event hashtag and I’ll engage with your guests in advance. Maybe get to know some of them a little. It’s a great ice breaker. Guests love being able to see and chat to speakers in advance.

During the event itself, I’ll be using social media, mainly Twitter and Instagram, to tell people about my experience at the conference. Sharing photos, videos and quotes – all using the event hashtag of course.

Live video

The day before your event, or when I arrive in your city, I’ll broadcast live on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to further promote the conference and engage with the guests. If there’s time, we can talk about putting on a live broadcast during the event as well.

Here’s an example from Content Experience in Serbia, June 2018.

Event and City Vlog

For the last year, I’ve put together a RogVLOG of the events I’ve spoken at. Not only do I showcase the event and the venue, but also the city the conference takes place in. The vlogs have become really popular with conference organisers. As many people are travelling long distances to attend events, vlogs showing the city sights can encourage them to sign up.

Here’s my Vlog of the Network Conference in Montenegro, October 2017. After seeing that beautiful city and countryside, you can see why people would want to hop on a plane and visit.

Now it’s your turn:

If you’re looking for more than just a speech for your event I’d love to talk to you.

Check out my main speaker page (including bio, photos and testimonials), here.

Exploding projectors, presentation segments and World Class Communication – WCCLive17

BANG! The screen went dark and my presentation style changed forever.

That was 15 years ago. I was a prolific public speaker. Speaking at conferences all over the UK and in Europe.

I’ve been getting back into speaking in a big way in the last 18 months after taking a break for a few years. In 2017, people have enjoyed my “Fighting Complexity in Marketing” talk at CMA Live in Edinburgh, Talking Point of Business in Newcastle and Network 2.0 in Montenegro. It’s an exciting time.

But two experiences in my speaking career profoundly changed the way I present now. The day the projector lamp went “BANG” and World Class Communication (WCCLive) with Marcus Sheridan.

An annual 2-day event in Edinburgh, WCCLive helps speakers develop, improve and become, literally, world class. In fairness, it’s not just an event for speakers. WCCLive can help you in all areas of communication. Workshops. Managing staff. Team meetings. Even how you communicate with friends and family.

This week organiser, Chris Marr, and Marcus invited me back to WCCLive as a guest to share my experiences. I stood in front of the students, in the incredible Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and told them my story.

Exploding projectors, presentation segments and World Class Communication - WCCLive17I started by asking them what is the first thing they do when asked to put together a presentation?

One person said they panic!

Another told of how he draws a mind map.

Other said they moved their mouse pointer towards PowerPoint.

That was me 15 years ago.

Death by PowerPoint

If my boss came over and said, “I need you to put together a presentation on the top 5 advantages of our product line”, I’d click on PowerPoint.

If someone asked me to deliver a speech at a local business event, I’d go straight to PowerPoint.

It’s what most people do first. Is that your experience too?

It doesn’t help that bosses often say something like, “Can you put a deck together on the top advantages of our product line.” Asking for decks reinforces the perception presentations start with PowerPoint.

Once in PowerPoint I’d build a load of slides.

Heading. Bullet point. Bullet point. Bullet point.

I was the Master of PowerPoint. I took death by PowerPoint to the next level. Genocide by PowerPoint you might say.

I’d turn up at gigs and the AV guy would say, “Have you really got 180 slides?”.

I said, “Yes.”

He said, “But you only have 20 minutes.”

I said, “I talk fast”.

Despite the piles of slides, people told me they liked my speeches.

But then, “BANG” everything changed.

I shared with the WCCLive students the 3 phases of my speaking career.

Exploding projectors, presentation segments and World Class Communication - WCCLive17Phase one was the PowerPoint Phase.

When everything started with the slides.

Then one day I was speaking at a major financial services event. They’d pre-loaded their laptop with my epic presentation. I’d also take my own laptop along as a back-up. And I had the presentation on a CD-ROM as well. Just in case.

Yes. A CD-ROM. A time before USB sticks.

It was one of those conferences with different rooms for different sessions.

About 75 delegates sat waiting for me to begin. The room host gave the audience a little background and then introduced me.

As I opened my mouth to start I heard that “BANG”.

The bulb in the projector blew.

The screen went dark.

The AV Guy was panic-stricken. They had no spares. Their laptop, my laptop and my CD-ROM were all useless.

I had no choice.

I did the presentation without slides.

No prompts. No graphs. No pictures. No words. No bullet points. Nothing.

Fortunately, I did know my material. It felt weird but strangely liberating to improvise. After an unsteady first few minutes, I hit a confident stride.

At the end, they gave me a standing ovation. I guess they were impressed I managed to talk for 45 minutes without PowerPoint.

How do you think I felt at the end of that presentation?

Here’s the thing. It was one of those conferences where the delegates go from one room to the next.

A round robin.

I had to do the presentation 3 more times. Without slides!

Each one was better than the last.

For me, that marked the end of my PowerPoint era.

Next came my scripting era.

I’d write out each talk. Fresh each time. Of course, I might copy and paste some stories. And then I’d do a few slides, mainly pictures, to back up the stories. But I never relied on the slides ever again.

The third era of my speaking career started 2 years ago the first time I went to WCCLive and Marcus Sheridan taught me about segments.

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WCCLive created learning overload. There was the “Columbus Principle” – the skill of using questions to get your audience to find the answers themselves. The improvisation technique of, “Yes…and” to deal with mishaps, questions and unexpected situations.

And segments.

Segments was the game changer for me. Those of you who know me, know I hate jargon and management speak. People overuse the term, “Game changer”. But learning about segments was a game changer for me.

Power of Segments

Marcus teaches segments. Rather than writing whole presentations create a series of segments. And when someone asks you to put together a full presentation simple construct it from the most relevant segments in your segment locker.

The key to each segment is the story.

I’ve always littered my presentations with stories. Always believed stories are the best way to engage an audience. But until WCCLive, I’ve never thought about them in the context of segments before.

Marcus divides a segment into 4 blocks.

  • A question.
  • A story.
  • The result.
  • Call to action.

It’s so simple. You can use this structure for presentations, webinars, Facebook Live videos, pre-recorded videos, anything.

Now when someone asks me to speak – what do I do?

Reach for PowerPoint?

No.

I start with the message I want my audience to learn.

Then I pluck one or a few segments from my segment rack.

And there is my speech.

Done.

Now it’s your turn:

If you’d like to book me to speak at your event please have a look at my speaker page. I’d love to bring my “Fighting Complexity in Marketing” keynote to your event.

If you’re a speaker or presenter, or just want to take your presentation skills to another level, check out World Class Communications Live (WCCLive). It’s a game changer.

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