AIC Speakers

My term as "speaker finder" ran from Dec 2010 to Jun 2011 and has now ended. To apply to speak now, please visit aiconsult.caoutlinks.gif. 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.

About AIC

You'll find information about AIC at aiconsult.caoutlinks.gif. 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 Hoteloutlinks.gif (33 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON M9W 6H5). Here's a mapoutlinks.gif.


The typical meeting draws 20 to 35 attendees. They are primarily consultants, professionals and small business owners.

Meeting Agenda

Time Topic
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)
8:55 PM Brainstorming
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.

Suitable Topics

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.

  1. The title of your presentation
  2. Your name as you would like it to appear in the announcements
  3. Your title
  4. Your company name
  5. A short description of your talk (100-150 words)
  6. A short description about you (100-150 words)
  7. 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 eventoutlinks.gif

A speaker's "one-pager" and a clip of you presenting live are helpful.

Selection Process

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.

Equipment Available

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.

Upcoming Speakers

When Speaker Topic
May 30, 2011 Susan Gregory Mind Mapping For Consultantsoutlinks.gif
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 Treadmilloutlinks.gif
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.

Past Speakers

Here's a list of recent speakers.

When Speaker Topic
Apr 25, 2011 Adeodata Czink Business Etiquette In A Multicultural Societyoutlinks.gif
Mar 2011 Lisa Kember Five Steps To Effective Email Marketingoutlinks.gif
Feb 2011 Donna Messer The Power of Leverage - Building and Utilizing Your Networkoutlinks.gif
Jan 2011 Promod Sharma (member) Marketing for 2011outlinks.gif
Nov 2010 David La Thangue An evening of laughter, music and intrigueoutlinks.gif
Oct 2010 Helen Walter Communication is the keyoutlinks.gif
Sep 2010 Tsufit Step into the spotlight: a guide to getting noticedoutlinks.gif
Aug 2010 Terry Patryluk Pathways to profits: Proven principles to grow your practiceoutlinks.gif
Jul 2010 Rory Sheehan Building your businessoutlinks.gif
Jun 2010 Jim Czegledi Laugh more in life: Learn how to develop your sense of humouroutlinks.gif
May 2010 Curt Skene Master the marketplace: Expert insights for finding and keeping profitable businessoutlinks.gif
April 2010 Darla Campbell (member) Sales strategies that really workoutlinks.gif
Mar 2010 Michel Neray Ditch your pitch: how to create a powerful positioning statement that actually gets people interested!outlinks.gif
Feb 2010 Jennifer Beale Making headlines: how to get into the media for freeoutlinks.gif
Jan 2010 Stephen Semple What Hollywood can teach you about selling your expert servicesoutlinks.gif

Here are more past speakersoutlinks.gif

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