Guide on the Side - Tips for Finding a SpeakerBy Marie Wallace, Published on September 1, 1999
Marie Wallace has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in 1951 in academia with the University of California and transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world until her 1995 retirement from O'Melveny & Myers. She is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional life, Marie has been a guiding force in the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Practising Law Institute's programs for law librarians and Teaching Legal Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL).
Today, Marie has commenced on a new path she terms "Life in Progress," which enables her to pursue a diversity of interests as a master swimmer, law librarian, trainer, storyboarder and designer of wearable art. She continues to be a dynamic speaker and prolific writer on such topics as private law library management, presentations and training. She is a member of Toastmasters International and is active with the American Society for Training Development (ASTD) and in continuing education for private law librarians. She devotes her "free" time to various non-profit and civic activities. Always open to new ideas, Marie can be reached at: [email protected].
|Sooner or later, perhaps as the President or Program Chair of
an organization, you will need to find a speaker. Of course, you want a good one. Good
being a person who "connects" with the audience, brings something unique to the
subject and ends on time. A person you would like to invite back. How do you find such a
person? Before you start, know what you are looking for. Speaker searching is like doing a
jigsaw puzzle, where you look for pieces that fit exactly and complete the picture.
If you want a big draw speaker, you can expect to pay five figures. The Walters Speaker Services website has a good discussion of fees and also a very useful worksheet for finding the "perfect speaker."
If you are looking for a speaker for a large audience, important occasion, such as a keynoter for the Annual Professional Conference, you may want to obtain some examples of the persons speaking ability, charisma, and style. Get it on good authority that the person has done the type of presentation you are planning for, obtain video or video clip.
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