Advertise Your Talks Free of Charge

Public Speakers can advertise Talks, Walks, Quizzes, Demonstrations and Workshops on this website entirely free of charge

If you’d like to be included on my website please send me an email with the necessary information to make up a webpage for you – see my instructions below.

A word of advice before you get started…..
Remember that your page on this website is not aimed at the public, nor at other Public Speakers – it is aimed at the Speaker/Bookings Secretaries. They are the only people who ever come to this website and they come here to find speakers for their group/club/association.  So, when you provide me the information about your talks, walks, quizzes, workshops, whatever, be mindful of the fact that you are courting the Bookings Secretaries and nobody else.  So before you start put yourself in their place, imagine you’ve arrived at this website and you have to find a speaker or two or three or enough for the whole year…. it’s a thankless and usually unpaid task…. so give them an easy ride.  Once they’ve read your fee and decided that you fall within their financial range, they’ll scroll down to your talks.  A colourful illustration is  the first thing they’ll notice and this will guide them to your title so make sure the title is pithy and  interesting. If you’ve held their attention this long, they’ll then read your blurb about the talk.  So, make sure you’ve made your description as good as you possibly can – about 150/200 words.  That description has got to have the Bookings Secretary picking up the phone or clicking on your email address while thinking ‘Yes, my group will definitely like to hear about that.’  Job done!

Please note that the Speaker/Booking Secretaries are not charged any sort of fee for using this website, the financial deal that you pair strike is up to you  – there are no hidden extras or subtractions.

What I’ll need from you:-

Just send the text over in an email or a Word document, don’t underline and embolden or use fancy text because I have to strip it all out before I can use it in your web page.  The photos/illustrations need to be attachments, NOT embedded in a Word document.

Location
The nearest town to where you live and the county. Bookings Secretaries like to know how far a speaker has to travel….. two reasons for this 1) so that they can roughly calculate what sort of travelling expenses will be involved and whether it will involve an overnight stop.  2) During winter months when travelling can be hazardous, lots of groups stick to local speakers to minimise the risk of a hall full of people and no speaker.

About this Speaker
Just a little bit of blurb about yourself – remember that this website is not aimed at full-time professional speakers, it is aimed at Speakers who charge a modest fee and organisations who don’t have a big budget.  So, this bit of blurb about yourself is just to give the Bookings Secretaries an idea of what sort of person you are. Don’t try and ‘big it up’ ….. write it in the first person, write it as though you are chatting to a Bookings Secretary – put him/her at ease and eager to scroll down the page to see what you charge and what your talks are about.

About your talks
A little bit about your presentations, ie are they power point, projector slides, or are you a ‘stand alone’ presenter. Do you require any equipment such as a screen or a couple of tables to be provided at the venue.

A photo of you
Head and shoulders is best, but I can usually cut and paste if it is a full length picture.  Please send this as an attachment, not as an integrated part of a Word document.   I absolutely mean this…. if you send me your pictures embedded in a Word document, I have to use a cutting tool to get them out.  I don’t have the time to do that.

Each talk needs a NAME.
If you haven’t got a name for your talk, then think one up before you send me your email…. think of something interesting or cute, or funny, or clever, anything that’ll catch the eye or the imagination of the Speaker/Bookings Secretary. Remember you have to catch his/her eye – if you don’t get past the Speaker/Bookings Secretary, then you don’t get to give your talk!

An Illustration for each talk
Where possible, a photo/illustration to illustrate each of your talks. This makes your webpage more interesting for the bookings secretary to browse. The more interesting, the more likely he/she is to linger and read about your talk.   It is useful to give me the name of the talk attached to the picture or some way of tying up which picture goes with which talk….. especially if you have several.   Do NOT send me the illustrations embedded into a Word document, just ping them over as attachments in your email. The format for the pictures on the website is landscape, so whenever possible, send me a landscape picture as otherwise, I will have to chop away a large piece of it to make it fit into the space provided.

Contact details
Phone number(s) and an email address so that the Speaker/Bookings Secretaries can contact you direct.  I don’t get involved, I don’t act as a middleman, you and the Bookings Secretaries make your own deals.

Your website details
I’ll include your website if you have one – but in return, I ask you to include this website address on your own website – the choice is yours, just add this URL  and let me know that you’ve done it (send me the page where you’ve made the link) and I’ll reciprocate. http://www.diannemannering.co.uk/

Your Fee
As far as your fee is concerned, I won’t  put ‘negotiable’. It is too stark and wastes time and causes embarrassment when a bookings secretary contacts you and you quote a figure that is way above what was expected. So, please give me a starting figure such as “Starting figure is £50 plus modest travelling expenses if more than ten miles from my base in Lichfield”  It is useful to  quote your mileage costs as well, but even if you don’t quote mileage costs, you must put that you will be making a travel charge if you do so.

Browse by County
Can you give a good indication of the areas to which you are prepared to travel – look at the Browse by County page (click on the purple bar at the top of the pages)or I can key you in as ‘Anywhere in the UK’  If your County isn’t there, just tell me, I can add it in.

Browse by Theme
Study the themed sections and let me know what sections you want me to list you under. The more themes you are in, the more chance you get of a Bookings Secretary see your talks.

Don’t just email me to go to your own website and pick up the information I need because I don’t have the time to do it. It’s a free service, don’t make it hard for me!

Just a last little nag……
The photos to illustrate the talks should be landscape rather than portrait. This isn’t absolutely essential, but if you have a choice of two photos, then send me the landscape one because it’ll fit the allocated space better. Remember, please don’t embed the photos in a document to ‘make it easier’ for me or to ‘make it look nice’ because it makes it a lot harder and time consuming – and don’t use bold or fancy text because I have to take it all apart and start again if you do! So, the blurb as plain text and the photos sent as an attachment and I can get your web page up and running in no time at all.

email me: dianne@diannemannering.co.uk

Hope to hear from you soon,  Dianne