9-9:50 a.m. | Columbus K/L

Turning SMEs Into Engaging Speakers

You’re confident the speaker you’ve booked is an expert in the field, but you have nightmares about your subject matter expert’s monotone voice reciting his presentation while the audience sleeps. How can you be sure you are hiring engaging speakers?

In this informative session, learn:

  • What to include in a request for proposal and an acceptance letter to help ensure audience engagement;
  • How to guide SMEs to facilitate audience interaction they feel comfortable with, including exercises & polling; and
  • How to help SMEs get past their fear of the microphone and free them from the podium.

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About the Presenter:

Janelle Brittain, MBA, CSP

Janelle Brittain, MBA, CSP, has more than 20 years’ experience as an internationally known speaker, trainer, coach and consultant, during which she has helped people in more than 130 professional associations and more than 140 corporations. She is CEO of the Dynamic Performance Institute and is a Certified Speaking Professional, which equips her to coach many speakers to deliver dynamic presentations. She founded the Meetings Industry Council of Chicago and is the author of six published books, including Star Team Dynamics and How to Say It: Performance Reviews. More than 100 business publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and Crain’s Chicago Business, have sought Janelle’s insight and quotes.