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International Speaking Day

July 7, 2017 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

Separate registration required to attend: $85; $95 after July 5

This session is designed for speakers who want to, or already do, speak internationally and is appropriate for both speakers inside and outside the United States. The session will cover the following topic areas: legal and financial implications, marketing/promotion, cultural acumen and business models. By attending International Speaking Day, you’ll walk away with practical insights and tactics on where to get started, how to get booked and how to shine once chosen to speak internationally; and gain insights and learn statistics from the meeting planner industry.

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Friday, July 7
1:30pm-2:00pm Registration and Networking 
2:00pm-2:10pm Opening Welcome 
2:10pm-2:40pm Opening Keynote with Sarah Michel, CSP
Breaking in and Making Out with Meeting Planners
Discover what meeting professionals really want from their speakers and what you need to do to earn and retain their business. Learn how they find you and what you can do to stand-out from the crowd.
2:40pm-5:00pm Representatives from different regions (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand) will share concrete information and resources to succeed in speaking internationally:

  • legal and financial implications
  • differences in marketing and promotion
  • practical tips about logistics and travel
  • what you should be aware of when it comes to cultural differences

Panel Discussion with GSF Association Presidents

  • Bring your questions for a lively discussion and learn more about the Associations around the world
  • Have networking opportunities with speakers from other countries and the Associations they are part of
5:00pm-6:00pm Reception
This reception is open to all international speakers, even if they did not attend the prior session. There will be a cash bar and light snacks.


*Schedule is subject to change