Four Types of Conference Speaker

As my career has developed as a speaker I have come to believe that there are four main categories of speaker in the market place. By “speakers” I am talking about people who perform at conferences and conventions across the globe, playing a specific role in the event. Herein lies the graveyard of many events where they make a fatal error of not deciding what that role should be. Is it simply to fill in some time during the event? Will the speaker be delivering the key new global strategy or are they there to rebuild the confidence of the team after extreme cuts?

Before a speaker can be chosen the objective outcomes of the event must be understood in order to get the best balance between in-house personnel, quality in-house speakers and external professional speakers and moderators. I make the differential here between in-house personnel and in-house speakers because we have all been to conferences where someone has been given the perceived “poison chalice” and had to get up and speak – they are so uncomfortable, unprepared and clearly do not want to be there. I believe the split between these two types of in-house speaker is at least 80:20, which is why there is such a huge opportunity and market for professional speakers. 

My four categories of speaker are as follows:-
(Please note that these are stated in their broadest terms and are not meant to be all encompassing)

The Entertainer:  ranging from the after-dinner speaker to the performer, magician or comedian – their role is primarily to entertain and have fun.

The Content Speaker:  more often than not these are the speakers who are driving home a message, either business or technology or theory related – their role is to engage and educate.

The Motivational Speaker: – someone who has achieved great things, regularly these are ex-sporting heroes or celebrities who share their tale – their message can often be “get off your backside and get on with it”.

The Inspirational Speaker: –one step further than the Motivational Speaker. Their personal story, often tragic, is their inspiration to get on with life and to coin a phrase from one of the best Inspiration Speakers I have ever had the pleasure to meet W Mitchel – ‘It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it’.

Most speakers will fit partly into all of these categories but will have a leaning towards one particular category. I come under the category of Content Speaker. My objective is to get audiences to look at what they are doing in their personal and professional lives and as a result of hearing me talk they go away and improve their productivity and reduce their Faffing About.

Mike Pagan is a highly sought after professional motivational speaker, conference speaker, and business coach. He has half a lifetimes experience in the corporate world with HSBC Group and Forte Group with Granada Group.
“My passion is productivity, one of my greatest frustrations in life is seeing talent and opportunities go to waste because of faffing about.”

Types Of Conference Calls

Gone are the days when you had to manually type in countless telephone numbers just to be able to communicate with different individuals. Now, thanks to the technology that brought about various conference calling services, you can converse with people located at different places easier, conduct business meetings much faster and settle decisions quicker. Companies and businesses which embrace these technological services are presented with multiple options that can really be of big help in boosting the business such as easy expansion in other areas. There are primarily five main important kinds of conference calls that are used to connect with people in a hassle-free manner.

Listed below are the five main types of conference calls.

Operator Assisted Conference Call: This is a kind of conference call where operators assigned will monitor and record all incoming and outgoing calls. It enables employees to streamline and manage meetings in a very efficient and effective manner thereby helping you take more informed and well thought of decisions. The major advantage of having an operator assisted conference call is that you will get the services of a professional operator who is capable enough to handle call details without any delays or any kind of problems.

Operator-Dialled Conference Call: In this type of conference call, the operator dial-outs each and every member of the discussion or meeting and adds them to the conference call. In this type of conference call, you can also ask the operators to perform various kinds of pivotal activities such as noting down the minutes of the meeting, declare poll results and so on, to name a few.

Reservationless Conference Call: This is a very commonly used type of a conference call. This type is perfect for those businesses or people who conduct everyday meetings and spontaneous meetings. It is essentially a pay-per-use service where you are not required to make a reservation or book a call with your service providing company. With this conference call, you can organize meetings at any time of day just by using the dedicated dial-in numbers and different conference IDs.

Visual Conference Calls: This type of video conference call is very much different from the standard phone calls. In this type, you can actually see all of the participants present in the meeting, resembling an actual meeting. You could also make decisions on matter quickly. However, in order to make this particular kind of call possible, a webcam and a reliable internet connection are necessities.

Three-way Calling: This type of call is one of the most conventional types used in a conference meeting where the communication takes place between three individuals. This type is basically suited for those people who organize business meetings occasionally.

Different businesses and different individuals have different needs, therefore, it is important that one must be cautious and smart enough to choose the perfect conferencing option, so that no money or time is wasted. With the help of these business conference calls, you will not just feel disconnected with your team members but will also take your organization to the next level.

Author is a technology enthusiast and likes to write articles related to technology, World Wide Web, latest gadgets, Mobile applications, web conferencing etc.

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