Who are the speaker bookers in an organisation?

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The challenge when you are a speaker is to find out who the booker is within an organisation.  They don’t typically call themselves ‘booker of speakers’, life would be so much easier if they did.  The reality is that anyone who has a budget can book a speaker, and often the person tasked with doing the research can be an individual who has volunteered or has been volunteered.  They can be from any department.

But there are people and departments who are more likely to be responsible for organising conferences and events and as part of that process, booking speakers.  Below I’ve listed some of the more frequent job titles and departments we came across in our Speaker Bureau.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are great people to start off with.

Simply, you are looking for the person or people responsible for booking company conferences and events, in the US these are also called meetings.  Often it will be one of the following departments or roles:

  • Conference Organiser
  • Meeting Planner
  • Event Organiser
  • Marketing team
  • HR
  • Learning & Development
  • Department Head
  • Talent Manager/Head of Talent
  • Director
  • PA/Exec Assistant to CEO or MD or Head of Department
  • Communications Team
  • Procurement Team

Do bear in mind that this is just a list to get you started, anyone in an organisation can be tasked with finding a speaker but it's very likely that one of the above will be part of the final signing off team, so they are a great place to start.

If now that you have a starting point you aren't sure what to say, how to create your list of target people or just need someone to hold your hand, let's have a chat.

Keep me posted on how you're getting on, you know I like to know what's going on.

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