Celebrating 57 years of the “I Have A Dream Speech”

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
57 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most famous and influential speeches in American history. The “I Have a Dream” speech was effective not just for its words, but also for Dr. King’s impassioned delivery.

It represented the feelings of millions of people fighting for civil liberties. The speech, given by a lesser man in a lesser setting may not have earned the same attention. Dr. King knew if he were to truly help bring about change, he would need a speech and setting that would inspire. The March on Washington and “I Have a Dream” speech caught the attention of a nation, and brought it closer to the much-needed change.

eSpeakers believes in the power of great speeches like the “I Have a Dream” speech, and in great speakers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor his speech given 57 years ago, eSpeakers has created an infographic in commemoration of that great moment in American history. You can view the infographic below.

Click this link to see the full inspiring infographic:
Celebrating 57 years of the “I Have A Dream Speech” Infographic

To find great and inspiring speakers for your own event, consider searching eSpeakers Marketplace.

How To Book a Celebrity: Ten Things You Need to Know to Bag a Big Name

Hiring a speaker is a challenge in itself. Hiring a celebrity speaker is a whole different ballgame!

A celebrity speaker will drive lots of traffic and attention to your event; the free buzz that this person will create for you can pay for itself, it’s true. 

If you decide you want to book a celebrity for an upcoming event, you need to consider that there are two sides to this coin. 

But if you book a celebrity, you also need to be on a level of professionalism that you may not have achieved before. You have to have all your ducks in a row before you even consider contacting a celebrity to appear at your event.

Bring your “A” game.

If you appear in any way unprepared when you reach out to a celebrity’s PR team, they will not even consider your proposal because it will smell like a “waste of time”.

Celebrities don’t have time to waste. They also have their public reputations to consider. Most of them won’t appear at an event that won’t make them look good. If you come off as unprofessional at the get-go, they won’t sign on. 

The way to successfully book a celebrity is to approach their PR person with all the information they need in a concise document that allows them to assess your event, what it has to offer and make a quick yes or no decision. If your proposal is incomplete or messy, it will much more likely be a “no”. 

You don’t want that.

For them, time is money, so you need to have all your expectations set and ready to present up-front. With that in mind, we put together a list to help you present a strong proposal. 

How to book a celebrity: Ten things you need to know to bag a big name.

Your budget. 

Big surprise: celebrities cost a lot. Be prepared to pay a minimum of $50,000 all the way up to a six-figure number. 

Why you want to book a celebrity.

Don’t just choose celebrities at random, just for the sake of having a big name. Your celebrity’s presence at your event should make sense. So know the purpose and theme of your event, and choose a celebrity who fits in with that idea. An appropriate person will have a much stronger effect than someone who is there just for the sake of their celebrity status. 

How you want your celebrity to fit into your event.

Curate your celebrity speaker into your event for the greatest effect. Consider who they are and what they have to offer your attendees—would a full 60 or 90-minute keynote speech be appropriate, or a moderated Q & A session? Every speaker brings something unique to an event, even celebrities. Remember that when you are proposing your event to them.

Your event location.

The location of your event will affect which celebrity you will be able to book, because of two factors: 

  • Flying a celebrity from afar will cost more on your end.
  • You will need more time to book a celebrity speaker the farther you are from where they live. 

Your speaker may not want to fly thousands of miles. So the farther you are from city centers, allow more time to find someone who can.

Your timeline.

You need to know the exact dates and times that your celebrity will be speaking, down to the minute, before you contact them with your proposal. Most celebrities want to spend as little time as possible at your event (no offense, it’s a time thing) so they will arrive shortly before their allotted time and leave shortly afterward. Provide this information upfront.

Your team.

Your celebrity needs to know that there is a solid team ready to receive them. If they don’t know who to contact or your team seems to change on a daily basis, you will seem unprofessional and they won’t want to be involved. Make it clear who on your team does what, and how they should contact them.

Your speakers bureau.

Using a speakers bureau can cut down on a lot of back-and-forth and guesswork for you. It is a speakers bureau’s business to know which celebrities are available for speaking engagements, what they charge, and what their special expectations are. Engaging a speakers bureau to do all this legwork for you can save you a ton of time.

Not sure where to start? Check out our directory of celebrity speakers!

Who they are speaking to.

It’s important to know who your audience is, so your celebrity can know what to expect if they accept your offer. Also, they can curate their speech appropriately so they can have a greater impact, which is better for them and for your audience.

Your marketing plan.

All of your promotional material will need to be okayed by the celebrity’s PR team before it is distributed. To avoid wasted resources when they reject something you’ve already paid for, make sure you know how you plan to promote the event so you can get their approval as soon as possible.

Your Plan B.

This doesn’t go on your proposal. But it’s important to have a strong Plan B, because most celebrities will have a cancellation clause written into their contracts in case they are offered a film or other such engagement and need to back out suddenly. If this happens, you need to be ready to deploy your second-best speaker at a moment’s notice!

This list will help you get everything you need in line to book a celebrity for your event. We hope you enjoyed it. If you think we missed anything important, let us know!

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Four amazing tips to turn you into a powerful public speaker.

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Four Amazing Tips To Turn You Into A Powerful Public Speaker

Although it may be one of your biggest fears – it’s up there with death on peoples’ top five list of fears – public speaking is most likely going to be a part of your life at some point, so trying to avoid it and wheedle your way out of every opportunity to speak in front of more than two people just isn’t an option, or not a good one in any case. Instead, wouldn’t you rather be able to make public speaking into one of your skills – something to proudly show off on a CV, and wow your co-workers with during presentations? Spreading your ideas is easiest when you’re talking to people in person so that they can see your passion and interest firsthand, so making every single speech impactful with these four tips can help to shape your image and spread whatever message you need to get across.

1. Be Unselfish

“While one way of psyching yourself up before the ‘big speech’ might be to convince yourself that you’re an expert and everyone listening to you is just an idiot in their underwear (a commonly suggested thought process), this is terrible in practice.” Joe Worrell, a speaker at Writemyx.com and Nextcoursework.com, advises. “Your audience will feel alienated and be able to instantly notice your high and mighty status, whether that be through your body language or any complex terms which you use but don’t explain. To be as down-to-earth and accessible as possible, make sure that you speak in layman’s terms or explain complex concepts and terminology, and match your attitude and tone to the audience and situation.” A speech that works wonders for high school students, for example, won’t be accepted that easily by your co-workers and could be seen as condescending, while the vice versa situation may leave the students bored and confused. Don’t just think about yourself – consider your audience while planning any speech.

2. Use Powerpoint Properly

Media can be a brilliant asset to any speech or presentation – when used correctly. If it’s overused or relied on, your audience will become disinterested, and often assume that you have no actual passion for your topic. Someone reading off a computer screen in a monotone isn’t usually that convincing, but if you stand out in front of the media and only use it as a prompt, you’ll look a lot more passionate and knowledgeable. Also, your audience members won’t know every single line of your script if it isn’t on your powerpoint, so you’ll be able to keep the element of surprise and ‘planned spontaneity’ which make speeches so humanizing and relatable.

3. Mix Stories & Stats

Anecdotes can make an audience sympathize or empathize with you and understand your viewpoint. Statistics convince an audience and make them believe what you’re saying. “Both accurate stats and personal stories need to be used in equal measures to keep an audience engaged and convinced,” Natasha Hyde, a writer at Britstudent.com and Australia2write.com, says, “so don’t flood your speeches with stats and make them sound like one long financial report, but also don’t make them sound too much like old wives’ tales that you’d share with the family. Finding that balance, along with original content to keep the speech moving and flowing well, is the secret to crafting amazing speeches that will win over your audiences.”

4. Passion

There’s a simple rule you should always keep in mind while speaking publicly: if you’re bored, then so is the audience. You shouldn’t be making a speech about something that you’re not passionate about, and, if you are, you can expect it to be boring and lackluster – for certain business aspects of work, like presentations and meetings, this may be the norm. Still, if you’re speaking to an audience that you care about, with a message that you care about, then you’ll need to do more than read out notes and flick through a powerpoint. Throw yourself into your content and perform. Hand gestures and proper inflections in speech are useful markers for passionate speaking, but the best way to tell is to ask yourself if you want to be up in front of your audience, speaking to them. The answer might be a very, very quiet ‘yes,’ squashed by all your fears and doubts, but if it’s a definite ‘no,’ then passion might not be possible for you to grasp, and your speeches will suffer as a result.

eSpeakers guest blogger, Katrina Hatchett blogs about lifestyle at Academic Brits, and also enjoys working for Origin Writings as a valued member of the writing team. She is also involved in numerous business projects since one of her passions in life is identifying project problems and their solutions, which aren’t always that simple. Still, they do give her the satisfaction of problem-solving time and time again. Her main goal is to improve the effectiveness of everyone’s communication around the world, and one of the small ways by which she contributes to this goal is by writing for the Ph.D. Kingdom blog.

eSpeakers.com Launches Blackwood Talent & Entertainment To Connect Today’s Top Entertainment with the Events Industry through the Largest Directory of Talent.

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 22, 2019 — Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know. That saying proves true within the entertainment industry, as indicated by the glowing success of Blackwood Talent & Entertainment’s recent launch of an entertainment industry-specific talent directory. As a division of eSpeakers.com, which has over 20 years of experience in the meetings industry, eSpeakers launched Blackwood Talent & Entertainment to serve entertainers and event organizers around the world. The new online talent directory, which launched on Sept. 10, 2019, at IMEX America in Las Vegas, helps event organizers target top talent for their meetings and events, including entertainers, comedians, musicians, celebrities, athletes, and more. Many entertainers have exclusive representation, but through partnerships with these agencies, Blackwood has made it possible for everyone to hire top talent. 

“Finding, connecting with, and hiring top entertainment online is a challenge for most event organizers, and that’s where our directory technology comes in to save the day,” says Joseph Heaps, Blackwood’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Through our innovative platform, we’re providing verified reviews that are vetted by past clients, collaborative tools that allow multiple event stakeholders to share feedback on potential entertainers, and a no-risk booking as Blackwood Talent & Entertainment works with entertainers who guarantee their work, or they get their money back.” 

This innovative online talent directory will feature stars such as Chris Rock, The Passing Zone, Aparna Nancherla, Sam Smith, Shelita Burke, Katy Perry, and Ellen DeGeneres. “It’s exciting to see event organizers connect and hire potential entertainment in this way, especially considering how difficult it is to connect with or even find out who represents them,” Heaps says. “Event organizers are tasked with executing a successful event, and we know that having the right entertainment on stage can engage the attendees and create a fun and exciting atmosphere. Our goal is to make finding, hiring, and paying the talent easy so they can focus on all the other aspects of the event.”

As the momentum behind finding and hiring entertainment online continues to grow, so does the company behind it. Blackwood Talent & Entertainment is a division of eSpeakers.com. eSpeakers.com is the largest online directory of speakers, trainers, authors, and consultants available online today. Online bookings for entertainment through this technology have surged over the last two years, necessitating the need for growth of a stand-alone branded directory.

For more information, visit http://www.blackwoodtalent.com

Blackwood Talent & Entertainment is a division of eSpeakers.com. With over 20 years of experience in the meetings industry, eSpeakers launched Blackwood Talent & Entertainment to serve entertainers and event organizers around the world. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, Blackwood Talent & Entertainment also has offices in Nashville, TN, and Newport Beach, CA. 

Media contact: 
Joseph Heaps
Chief Marketing Officer
Blackwood Talent & Entertainment
888-377-3214
jheaps@blackwoodtalent.com
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ICCA and eSpeakers.com collaborate on sharing top-quality educational content

7 August 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands — ICCA is further strengthening its position as the global knowledge hub for international association meetings and attracting high-quality speakers to their events by partnering with eSpeakers, the leading online source of professional speakers for international meeting organizers.

Made up of a number of initiatives, this new collaboration will allow the International Congress and Convention Association to diversify and expand the educational possibilities available to its members at annual ICCA events and online via the ICCA Knowledge Hub, through access to eSpeakers’ expansive and diverse community of thought leaders and subject matter experts. 

eSpeakers will use their community’s resources to sponsor speakers for ICCA’s annual Congress and Association Meetings Programme, and in addition create a branded directory of ICCA faculty members within their Marketplace, the largest directory of professional speakers available on the web. Designed to help meetings professionals to hire speakers directly through the eSpeakers platform, event planners can use the directory to find and filter appropriate speakers by subject, budget, language and other customizable criteria.

“This partnership has been born out of our desire to continue to provide top-quality, high-end educational content to our global membership, the leading suppliers to the international meetings industry. When our members attend ICCA events, they expect high-quality speakers and unique education sessions that keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in the constantly-evolving and expanding international association meetings industry – the kind of education they would not receive at any other industry meeting,” said Senthil Gopinath, Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

“Collaborating with eSpeakers allows us to rise to this challenge. By providing us with access to a broader range of subject matter experts and speakers, we will be able to persist with tailoring our educational offerings to our members’ expectations and address the meetings industry’s hardest-hitting topics.”

ICCA and eSpeakers collaboration on educational content at ICCA events will also enhance ICCA’s online channels as part of this new partnership, with speakers on various topics appearing alongside relevant expert content in ICCA’s Knowledge Hub.

Gopinath added: “As part of ICCA’s mission to be the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, we are developing our online Knowledge Hub to unlock the expertise of our global community of meeting suppliers and association meeting planners. This online platform currently offers expert blog posts and white papers on specialized association meeting topics, and this new collaboration with eSpeakers allows us to expand the resources available by adding links to relevant ICCA verified expert-speakers while offering a new platform for ICCA members to share their expertise.”

In addition, this new partnership makes ICCA Members eligible to be listed in eSpeakers’ ICCA-branded directory on the eSpeakers Marketplace. This opportunity offers the global meetings industry trade association’s member-suppliers an official platform to be hired as professional speakers according to their topic of expertise and also allows eSpeakers access to the renowned expertise of ICCA’s global membership. ICCA will, therefore, provide eSpeakers with the world’s best range of subject matter experts in all fields related to international meetings, whose expertise is verified by ICCA’s stringent speaker guidelines.

“We’re excited to be partnering with ICCA by rolling out this new education platform and providing a worldwide directory of subject matter experts and speakers that will be perfect for their meetings. We know that hiring the right speaker for an audience can be an important key to the success of the meeting.” Joseph Heaps, Chief Marketing Officer for eSpeakers

Joanne Joham, Regional Director North America, ICCA said: “We are so proud to have eSpeakers join the North America Chapter of ICCA and are convinced that this relationship will benefit all ICCA Members and enhance the educational offerings of ICCA on a global basis.”

The first speaker to join an ICCA event through eSpeakers’ and ICCA’s new partnership will be Scott Parazynski, former NASA astronaut and the first man to have both flown in space and reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Parazynski will be speaking at the 58th ICCA Congress, which is taking place in Houston, U.S.A. from 27-30 October 2019.

To find out more about the 58th ICCA Congress, please visit www.congress2019.iccaworld.org

About ICCA

The global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry

ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) represents the world’s leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and now comprises over 1,100-member companies and organizations in almost 100 countries worldwide. ICCA has specialized in the international association meetings sector since its establishment 55 years ago, offering unrivaled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

ICCA members represent the top destinations worldwide and the most experienced specialist, suppliers. International meeting planners can rely on the ICCA network to find solutions for all their event objectives, such as venue selection; technical and strategic advice; assistance with delegate transportation; full convention planning or ad hoc services.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Hogg, Marketing & Content Executive,Rebecca.h@iccaworld.org+31 20 398 1912

About eSpeakers

Where The Speaking Industry Does Business On The Web.

eSpeakers.com is a 20-year-old technology and marketing company providing the speaking industry with the tools to do business online. eSpeakers has the largest directory of professional presenters available online and believes that the right speaker in front of the right audience can bring real change. eSpeakers Marketplace is the spot where people who hire speakers access a huge catalog of the best speakers in the world, find the perfect match for their event, connect with the speaker, and hire them — all in a safe environment that takes the risk out of such a significant investment.

Joseph Heaps, Chief Marketing Officer, jheaps@espeakers.com,+1 888-377-3214


“Teamwork: The Best Team Always Wins…The 6 Traits of High Performing Teams”

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, read what Walter Bond says about “Teamwork: The Best Team Always Wins…The 6 Traits of High Performing Teams” that you can be applied to your life. Teamwork: The Best Team Always Wins…The 6 Traits of High Performing Teams In sports and in business we all have to compete and work together as a team to win. There are bad teams, good teams, and championship teams…everyone wants to win but sometimes just don’t know-how. Winning teams are built one layer at a time. How do you take a group of individuals and make them work together for the greater good of the organization? Great teamwork is most about great team building. Trust, Communication, Chemistry, Commitment, Accountability, and Common Goals are just a few of the topics that Walter teaches in order to make your team stand tall and WIN.

Click here to understand the great messages Walter has to offer your organization.

https://www.espeakers.com/marketplace/speaker/profile/1979/walter-bond

May is Physical Fitness & Sports Month!

This month we join in celebrating and advocating for Physical Fitness & Sports Month, something we believe should be celebrated all year long. These experts share stories of how participating in sports helped them not only live healthier lives but also learn valuable life lessons. Hire one of these experts to speak at your next event.

  • Rudy: a football player who overcame the biggest struggles in his life to beat the odds and accomplish his dreams by making the Notre Dame football team
  • Mark: a 7′4″ auto mechanic who became an NBA All-Star playing for the Utah Jazz
  • Julia: a graduate of Stanford University who became a 2-time NASCAR champion

Whatever their message is, your audience is bound to love it! So get out there this month and set a new goal, invite a friend for a walk, take your furry friend out to the park, hit a new personal record, organize a work activity or practice a new sport with your child, and let’s get our bodies moving. The team here at eSpeakers is ready to help you find your next great speaker.

Hire one of these experts through eSpeakers Marketplace

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, read what Mark Eaton can provide your audience with “The Four Commitments of a Winning Team” and create action for your team with his program you don’t need to wait until it’s over to get to work. Not only will you hear Mark’s astonishing story, learn about the Four Commitments that will transform your group into a high-performance team, but you’ll also be making action plans to implement the ideas you’re learning right on the spot! 
Click here to know why you can’t afford to miss this exciting interactive program.https://www.espeakers.com/marketp…/…/profile/8208/mark-eaton

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Developing the Breakthrough Mindset and Succeeding

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, here is what Deborah Gardner says about “Developing the Breakthrough Mindset and Succeeding”. Would you believe that 78% of employees say they are open to change, yet 90% of companies and organizations actually fail to acknowledge what worked in the past isn’t working sufficiently today? 
Click here to learn how Deborah can change your lifestyle https://www.espeakers.com/marketplace/profile/4316

What Makes the Great Ones Great?

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, read what Don Yaeger says about “WHAT MAKES THE GREAT ONES GREAT” What Makes the Great Ones Great – As a sports writer and author of more than two dozen books, Don has had a front-row seat with some of the greatest winners in athletics, including Walter Payton, Jimmy Connors, Michael Jordan, John Wooden, Pat Riley, and Dale Brown. They are all legends in their own right, but does anyone believe the athletes mentioned above are really the GREATEST athletes of their time, physically? Using rich personal accounts gathered from more than twenty years of interviews with many of today’s sports legends and business leaders, Don has distilled Sixteen Consistent Characteristics of Greatness. Don shares some of these characteristics with audiences, in an easy, engaging style, which helps participants realize that they, too, can achieve a higher level of personal success.

Click here to find out the incredible secrets Don has uncovered through his extensive research. https://www.espeakers.com/marketp…/…/profile/7893/don-yaeger