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Tips on Hiring Christian Speakers
If you think that hiring Christian speakers, or any speakers for that matter only involves ringing the first number you see, settling on a budget and sitting back to enjoy the activity then you’ll likely be disappointed about the outcome. Take time to read the tips below before settling for any speaker.
Why Choose Christian Speakers
Some people can discuss just about anything under the sun and quite extensively too. Whatever event you had in mind, there will always be a handful that fit the bill. On the other hand, going for Christian speakers may be the best choice for specific venues, regardless of the event.
Choosing the Ideal Speaker
1. Determining Your Audience
Take into account the people who will be attending the event. Are they families, professionals or religious leaders? In terms of age, are they young adults, teenagers, parents or young adults? Being able to gather as much information about the audience is a huge advantage in helping you pinpoint the type of Christian speaker that the audience can relate to.
2. What is the Goal of the Event?
Is the main goal of the event to teach, entertain or inform the audience? Clarifying what the speaker should achieve determines the best among the candidates. Speakers are usually well-versed in styles and subject matter. Inspirational speakers could add a dash of comedy but the main goal is to inspire and not to entertain. An example would be where Christian musicians connect better to the younger audiences while Christian comedians capture the attention of different age groups.
3. Consider Other Specifics
What is the budget for the entire event? Where will the event be held and at what time? There are speakers who only take on considerably bigger crowds while others prefer the cozy and small setups. Will the speaker of your choice be able to free their schedule and travel to your location or did you limit the search to locals?
4. Timing is Crucial
Speakers, especially famous ones, are booked at least one to two years in advance but it’s still possible to book the speaker of your choice in just three months. Do take note that people generally search for speakers around six months up to one year in advance. Searching beforehand will give you better options and you’ll unlikely ‘settle’ just because the speakers you hoped to hire are all unavailable.
Additional Tips to Ensure a Successful Event
Request for Previews
By asking the potential speaker to give a short video clip, around 30-seconds will be fine, you’ll gain something that can help build excitement for promotional campaigns revolving around the event. People are a lot more interested in visual content compared to simple signs and flyers.
Book an Emcee
Hiring an emcee is highly recommended for huge venues and especially where there is more than one speaker going on stage. Professional emcees are experienced in filling in areas where they are necessary, especially if the next person up is running late or technical problems suddenly pop up; they prevent audiences from being irate. Apart from that, professional emcees can increase the excitement of a crowd before the much-awaited performance, creating a better ambiance.