My term as "speaker finder" ran from Dec 2010 to Jun 2011 and has now ended. To apply to speak now, please visit aiconsult.ca. That site is also the place for updated information about the group. Many of the external links below no longer work due to their website upgrade.
Are you interested in speaking or presenting a workshop at the Association of Independent Consultants (AIC)? Here's how.
You'll find information about AIC at aiconsult.ca. Here are highlights for speakers.
- Meetings are generally the last Monday evening of each month (no December meeting)
- Meetings take place near Pearson Airport at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel (33 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON M9W 6H5). Here's a map.
The typical meeting draws 20 to 35 attendees. They are primarily consultants, professionals and small business owners.
|7:00 PM||Registration and networking|
|7:15 PM||Meeting starts. Attendees can give a 20 second infomercial.|
|7:40 PM||Your presentation (Allow time to answer questions)|
|8:40 PM||Coffee and networking (You can leave but are welcome to stay)|
|9:20 PM||Good news: members celebrate accomplishments|
|9:30 PM||Meeting ends|
For the brainstorming, members identify a specific business issue with which they would like help. The member describes the issue to the group and goes to a table. Attendees select a table and brainstorm. The member summarizes the results for the group. The topics are all approved in advance, to ensure that we get some variety and that they are not all “how do I get more clients”. You are welcome to participate.
Presentations are meant to genuinely help members (consultants, entrepreneurs and small business owners). Traditional topics are
- improving skills
- marketing better (including positioning and branding)
- networking better
- boosting productivity
- following up effectively
- selling more
The purpose of these presentations is to provide topic specific, business relevant information and how-to knowledge in a 45 minute session. They are designed to deliver:
- Practical "how To" information on topics of value
- Highly qualified professional speakers
You can use a classic presentation or test out a new one. You'll get feedback to help you improve.
As a nonprofit, we pay with applause, which is 100% tax-free. There are other benefits. You get publicity. Your talk is promoted via an announcement sent to our mailing list and LinkedIn group.
Your skills and experience will be highlighted, providing you with exposure to a large group of professionals.
How To Apply To Speak
Please provide the following for the meeting invitation.
- The title of your presentation
- Your name as you would like it to appear in the announcements
- Your title
- Your company name
- A short description of your talk (100-150 words)
- A short description about you (100-150 words)
- A head shot suitable for electronic publication (a weblink to a photo is fine)
Your content can include links to your website, blog, LinkedIn profile, articles, etc. You'll see the general format from our next event
A speaker's "one-pager" and a clip of you presenting live are helpful.
As you can imagine, there are more speakers than spots. There's a careful screening process. If you look good online, the next step is to meet over coffee to review what you'd like to present (e.g., visuals, content). This will help in determining the value of your session. If that's fine, I'd like to see you in action and would be happy to give you a critique. Finally, we'd pick a date.
We can provide a projector, screen, wireless microphone and flip chart. Please specify what you'll need. Do bring your own computer and any other special equipment you may require.
|May 30, 2011||Susan Gregory||Mind Mapping For Consultants|
|Jun 27, 2011||Julia Hidy||Branding and ePress Kits to Find and Retain Clients|
|Jul 25, 2011||?||?|
|Aug 29, 2011||?||?|
|Sep 26, 2011||Judi Hughes||The Fragmented Focus Treadmill|
|Oct 24, 2011||?||?|
|Nov 28, 2011||?||?|
Special Event: Social Media Workshop
This 4-hour hands-on workshop takes place on the afternoon of Monday, June 27. There's a regular meeting that same evening. You'll have time to go for dinner between both segments.
Here are the details.
Here's a list of recent speakers.
Here are more past speakers