Organizing a Corporate Event Featuring Guest Speakers
If you are working for a company or a part of an organization and you are tasked on making preparations for an upcoming talk, seminar, awards night, or any similar public or private gathering, one of the many things you might have considered doing is tapping on to a known celebrity to be a guest speaker. Indeed, the celebrity status of a certain individual brings about excitement and anticipation for your company or organization’s event. The more high-profile the person is, the more it is likely for your event to become a success, thanks to their crowd-drawing charisma and attention-grabbing stature. For sure, you can expect that your guests would come into the event not wanting to miss out seeing that person up-close and personal.
True enough, celebrities who can serve as guest speakers at a certain event are definitely marquee attractions. There are some celebrities who are considered as “hot” commodities; those who are still active with their engagements in all forms of media. There are others who are still relevant in many aspects of life, thanks to their status as being influential. They may be famous for their lifestyle, for their romance, the glitz of living their lives, or simply because of their professions. Celebrities, indeed, are found in various industries, from music, media, entertainment, business, politics, to sports.
Indeed, there are celebrities who are tailor-made for your event, as long as the type of gathering and the expected audience is identified. He or she could be undergoing a speaking engagement at a large talk, seminar, or other similar gatherings, or an appearance to add hype to the festivities. He or she could also be someone who can serve as a master of ceremonies (MC) or host of the event itself. The possibilities are endless when you are planning to hire a celebrity guest speaker for your event.
There are a lot of others out there who can serve as your guest speaker for your event, but you must know that in order for your gathering to be a success, it is important that you are aware of the challenges ahead. Indeed, it is not easy looking for a celebrity guest speaker as there are numerous considerations to take into account. Budget is one of them, and so is the selection process itself. As such, here are some tips on how to pick the best celebrity guest speaker and master of ceremonies for your event:
- Make sure that you are aware of your budget for your event, especially for the hiring of the guest speaker. Many guest speakers are often determined by price range. With this, it is imperative for you to take the time speaking with an agency or bureau that has contacts with these celebrities. They would most likely give you a list of celebrities depending on your budget and the type of audience.
- Obtain references when you conduct interviews with the guest speakers who are in your shortlist. Learn from them if one is worth recommending; if so, more research should be done. You can check for available footages of the speaker; see if the audience is truly engaged, as well as how the content is delivered.
- Work closely with the talent management agency of the speaker you intend to invite. Make sure that you put everything documented for your company’s reference. Get all necessary information so there will be no problem before, during, and after the event.
Organizing a corporate event that features celebrity or guest speakers may be a bit stressful, but if you prepare everything beforehand and you do your research well, everything should go smoothly as planned.