Category Archives for "Systems, tools, & resources for sponsorship"

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Event planners. They are the treasured keepers of sanity, savings, and success and the reasons to partner with or hire an event planner for your next event are profuse.

Of course, savvy speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs will try to minimize event costs, perhaps believing that one such saving is to NOT hire an event planning professional. We get it. We’ve been there.

But… the reality of not having a volunteer team, event planning expert, and event support is that everything falls into your lap.

As an event host or speaker, it's not just that you likely will not have the time (or skill set) to manage all these details... it shouldn't be you doing these tasks. If you’re the frazzled one moving furniture, dealing with heating/cooling issues, and handling questions about where the bathrooms are from the attendees, you’re probably not painting the image you wish for yourself as an expert or speaker.

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Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers at live events are incredibly valuable! 

Great volunteers will help set a positive tone and create an energetic environment for the event. They are that memorable, smiling face of the event as guests and attendees arrive.

When your attendees need support, volunteers often jump in to answer questions and meet needs throughout the event.

Recently, Raise a Dream was a sponsor of the Global Influence Summit (GIS) where I presented on sponsorship, along with being one of the GIS co-founders and co-hosts.

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9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

As a speaker having presented to hundreds of thousands of people over the past 20+ years, there have been lots of learnings.

Some of the best lessons have been around how to build influence and leverage speaking events to make a bigger difference in the world.

These speaker lessons have quickly become part of the systems and processes that we use at Raise a Dream.

I recently did a Facebook LIVE on this very topic. You can watch it here!

Below, you'll find nine helpful ways that Raise a Dream systematizes the events we speak at...

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How to Use Facebook to Find Speaking Opportunities

How to Use Facebook to Find Speaking Opportunities

There are many ways to find speaking opportunities. The strategy below involves using Facebook for researching speaking opportunities and is one that not many speakers are using.

You or your team are likely on Facebook every day as part of your social engagement, promotion, and brand marketing plan. While you are on there, are you using this platform to help you get business?

Here’s how we use Facebook as a source of intel for finding speaking opportunities (keeping in mind that Facebook is ever changing, so it’s possible the exact layout, options, and images below may change over time).

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Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Technology makes it possible to create a presence wherever you are in the world. For sponsors and brands, this potential is very exciting.

Virtual meetings have the capacity to connect with both existing and new audiences through many platforms. The possibilities for collaborating online with partners is only limited by your imagination.

There are several platforms our Dream Team at Raise a Dream love. Start using these tools to reach out and make new sponsorship connections and make your next virtual meeting a success!

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Communication Tools to Help You Raise Your Dream

Communication Tools to Help You Raise Your Dream

Communication Tools to Help You Raise Your Dream

There are so many online communication tools and platforms available to help your business and project run smoothly.

The more clarity, ease, and consistency you bring to your communication, the more likely you are to get a YES to any proposed collaboration.

We are all about simplicity and ease, so we’d like to share a few of our favourite communication resources.

Below you’ll find ideas and software that can help you on your path to both connect with and… importantly... follow-up with potential partners and sponsors.

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Meme What You Say: Social Media Tools That Help Raise Dreams

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Raising Dreams is easier when you have the right tools at the right time.

Memes are a great way of sharing your magic and brand with the world and are also a way of recognizing your champions, partners, and sponsors.

Memes are graphics with words on them. They should contain a contact such as your website or Facebook/Twitter handle.

You can use photos that you have taken or use stock photos from copyright-free sites. Always make sure you give credit when you use other people’s photos or quotes. This demonstrates integrity and respect for others and your sponsors NEVER want to be under scrutiny for a meme you posted that has someone’s copyrighted photo or quote in it.

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Getting Crystal CLEAR On Your Dream So Sponsors Say YES!

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​In marketing and business, you’ve heard the common phrase “less is more” and “bigger is not always better.” This is so true when it comes to communicating your message to champions, partners, and sponsors.

Confusion generally results in overwhelm and a “no,” which could mean you are leaving support, funding, and sponsorship on the table simply because of how the project was branded or communicated.

There is good news!

At Raise a Dream, we help our students and can help YOU...

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Google Alerts: Who’s Talking About Your Brand?

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​I​f you aren't using Google Alerts to find out who’s talking about you, your brand, or your dream sponsors, it’s time to start today! Are you using Google Alerts to…

  • See where you are appearing in the online world?
  • Find out about speaking opportunities?
  • See where your book(s) are being mentioned?

We use this tool daily to find out about media and speaking opportunities, find reviews on our books, and locate where we are being quoted or appearing on blogger or media sites.

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Social Media: Turning Your Message into a Movement

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What does it take to turn your message into a movement? How can you get people around the world excited about your cause or project?

In what ways does social media play a role?

Social media plays a significant role in turning your message or cause into a movement. Social media allows you to reach people around the globe with whom you would never otherwise be able to connect. Through its reach, you equip yourself with champions and influencers able to share your message, cause, and movement with their national and international circles. This is really powerful stuff! 

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