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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Find Speaker for Local ASTD Chapter

I've been approached quite a bit recently to do presentations at local ASTD chapters or to help find a speaker. The reality is that I can't afford to do free presentations at local events. In some cases, I am finding myself doing workshops locally that can then help fund it. I'm looking forward to doing more of these this next year.

But in the cases where that's not going to work out, I would really like to help the person find a speaker who is local and who can speak to the issues around eLearning 2.0, Work Literacy, etc. This is similar to the issue being discussed as part of this month's Big Question - Network Feedback and in Getting Help.

So, I'm hoping that folks can recommend what I should do with a request such as a request I just received (and they've allowed me to post it publicly) for help:
I need a speaker in the Birmingham, Alabama area for a local ASTD on eLearning 2.0 or Work Literacy.
What would you do if you were me? Where would it make sense to post? How would your answer change if you got one request like this per week vs. one per quarter?

Oh, and if you know someone who might be a good fit, please let me know.


Ethan said...

How about flexing the muscles of your Linked-In network in the form of a LinkedIn question? If anyone in your network is or knows of a good speaker in the area they can let you know.

Christine Martell said...

ASTD-Cascadia (Oregon and SW Washington) did a fantastic program with Michele Martin and Kevin Jones. The evaluations were very strong, and it sold out quickly.

Michele focused on personal applications, running courses, and hands on with the tools. Kevin talked about the enterprise application and how to gain support for your effort.
You can see the wiki for the workshop here

Our chapter does cover all expenses of our speakers, even if there is no speaker fee.

The upsycho said...

I could help you with Birmingham, England... ;o)