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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20 Ways to Thank Sponsors Who Support Your Project, Launch, or Event

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Thank you is one of the important steps in our Raise a Dream 7-step model (you can download the model, which is included in the free ebook on our home page).

Recognizing the support of your sponsors and their contribution and involvement in your big dream, project, event, etc. is not an obligation; it’s an opportunity when done the right way.

And saying “thank you” doesn't just happen after something is complete. You can recognize your sponsor in many ways, at many points of time throughout your project.

Below, you’ll find a valuable list of over 20 ideas for thanking sponsors that I shared on a recent Raise a Dream Facebook Live (you can watch here).

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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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Servant Leadership: The Creative Way to Build Shared Success Through Collaboration and Partnership

Servant Leadership: The Creative Way to Build Shared Success Through Collaboration and Partnership

Servant Leadership: The Creative Way to Build Shared Success Through Collaboration and Partnership

Exactly what is servant leadership?

Servant leadership isn’t about power or hierarchy. It’s about collaboration and partnership. And every organization needs leadership. We all know what happens to a ship when someone isn’t at the helm — it sinks.

Having a captain that stands at the helm and barks orders at everyone will get the job done. Sometimes, it’ll even get the job done well. The problem is that nobody is having any fun in that scenario. Nobody is communicating, learning, or sharing knowledge and responsibility. It doesn’t leave anyone any room to grow -- not for the deckhands, the captain, nor anyone in between.

You see, when “the boss” is the boss, it puts everyone beneath them—it doesn’t build teams, growth, or community.

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Yin and Yang: The Essential Balance in Modern Business

Yin and Yang: The Essential Balance in Modern Business

Yin and Yang: The Essential Balance in Modern Business

Yin and yang, masculine and feminine, whatever you want to call it... men and women bring very different energy to relationships. 

Why is this relevant to your business? I’ll tell you.

No matter what business you are in, a successful business is built on relationships. Your ability to understand your own balance of feminine and masculine energy, as well as the balance of others, will directly affect how and with whom you do business.

Let’s be clear that when we talk about the masculine and feminine energy, we are talking about just that—energy. Men and women each possess both masculine and feminine energies and qualities.

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Emcees Gone Wild: It’s Not About YOU!

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~ By Charmaine Hammond, CSP, MA, BA

As a speaker, I often get the opportunity to meet many amazing emcees who masterfully create powerful connections between the audience and the speaker they are about to hear. 

I’ve seen exceptional emcees create meaningful energy for the room, who model how to show up (they set the expectations for the audience by showing how to “be” at the event), and who honour the event host.

Unfortunately, I meet just as many emcees who make the event about them.

The role of an emcee is an important one. The host is counting on you to do a number of things that will  keep the event on track and ensure long lasting and successful event results. Their desire is to create a positive experience for the audience that will forge a bond of trust, inspire them to attend again, and generate good gossip or chatter about that event for a long time to come.  

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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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10 Tips on How Collaborating with Your University Alumni Can Help Raise Dreams

10 Tips on How Collaborating With Your University Alumni Can Help Raise Dreams

Recently, Charmaine had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Convention (CAPS) in Ottawa. Many speakers attended her session on Planning a Speaking and Book Tour.  

One of the marketing tips she provided was ensuring that your college or university alumni is engaged in your project. Alumni associations love to hear and share the good news of their members and graduates (no matter how long ago it was). They all have a big database, a large social media following, newsletters, events, and magazines or publications. 

Charmaine has been featured in all her Alumni magazines (Sheridan College, Royal Roads University, University of Waterloo, and Renison College). Two of these Alumni nominated her for prestigious awards, one of which she was honoured with several years ago (Alumni of the year).

They have also hosted events for Charmaine and have attended conferences where she is speaking. She has had numerous updates and full-page features in their magazines and newsletters over the years.​

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