Conference Host [kon-fer-uhns hohst]
- A person who receives or entertains attendees
- A master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer
- A person that provides services, resources, etc., as for a conference
Why hire a speaker when you could (and should) hire a conference host instead?
Steve Weber is the Conference Host. He’s a speaker who delivers:
More content than an entertainment speaker
and is … More entertaining than a content speaker
The bottom line is Steve simply prefers to participate during your entire multi-day conference or meeting.
Full participation allows things to happen that don’t always happen when a speaker stands up in front of a large group and speaks to them. Sure, many talented speakers do have the ability to inspire, inform, and transform an audience from the platform.
But to really see what’s occurring requires a closer look. Steve is observant. He’ll notice both individual and group behavior and detect when something is up. He spots obstacles that can put an event at risk before everyone else notices them. Attentive and alert, Steve recognizes subtle diversions from standard processes.
And … the real magic occurs from participating beginning to end.
Steve will be the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave at night. He gets energy from the audience and participants. He carefully analyzes situations before speaking and acting. Even in a high-pressure environment, he will not feel overwhelmed and he doesn’t get stressed.
At the end of your conference, the attendees will remember Steve’s presentation and presence more than the keynote speaker on day 1. More importantly, they will remember the key message of the conference. They will remember that it was one of the best conferences they ever attended. They will look forward to returning again next year.
Isn’t it time to get more value from your speaker budget than spending it all on a one-hour super presentation that inspires and informs?
Top Ten things a Conference Host does for you:
10. Acts as a greeter during registration.
9. Delivers the Opening Welcome remarks.
8. Acts as emcee or co-emcee throughout the conference.
7. Gives daily updates, mini-presentations, and summaries throughout your multi-day conference.
6. Communicates with attendees one-on-one and in small groups throughout checking the pulse of the event.
5. Delivers at least one keynote – and probably two – during your multi-day event.
4. Makes the meeting planner, other speakers, and key leadership people look good.
3. Creates engagement.
2. Provides continuity.
1. Produces a better overall experience for attendees.