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How to Make it EASY for Speakers to Promote Your Virtual Summit

Here’s the #1 reason virtual summit speakers don't promote, how to make promotion easy, and examples of the 3 summits I've gone hard with promotion for and why.

"I gave my speakers swipe copy and graphics to use, but they're still not sharing and I'm so frustrated with them. What else can I possibly do?"

I see a version of this question often and, unfortunately, by the time you're asking...it's too late to do a whole lot.

Even though swipe copy and graphics make the *act* of promoting easy, it doesn't make *wanting* to promote easy.

Your...

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How to Follow-Up with Virtual Summit Speakers After Pitching

We'll cover whether you should follow-up with virtual summit speakers after pitching, when to do it, and I'll share my no-pressure follow-up strategies.

Odds are, when you start pitching virtual summit speakers there's going to be a handful that you don't hear back from right away.

You're dying to hear back, but just keep waiting...and waiting...and waiting. What should you do in that case? Follow-up? Assume they're not interested?

As uncomfortable as following up can be, it is 100% something you should do. You never know why someone...

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Keys to Engaging Summit Speaker Interviews

Say goodbye to boring summit speaker interviews. Let’s cover top interview mistakes to avoid, how to conduct actionable interviews, and my interview outline.

Summit interviews don’t have to be boring!

Interviews can be an incredibly beneficial part of your event. They allow for more connection between you and your speakers, they allow attendees to get to know you as the host, and they're easy for speakers to participate in.

But if your interviews aren't energized, focused, and actionable, the attendees will mentally checkout and miss...

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Your Speakers' Role in Promotion and Pressuring Them to Promote

It is hard to host a summit that skyrockets your email list without speaker promotion. But it's not your speakers' responsibility to make your summit successful.

It is hard to host a profitable summit that skyrockets your email list without speaker promotion. Like, really hard. Maybe even impossible if you don't have a ton of money to throw into paid ads.

But here's the thing...it's not your speakers' responsibility to make your summit successful.

It is yours.

A lot of speakers will promote your event at the last minute or even as it's going on. And...

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How to Be a Good Virtual Summit Speaker

Adding speaking to your visibility plan? Here’s what to avoid as a summit speaker, what summit hosts really want, and how to make the process easy on yourself.

So you want to get out there and be visible?  If speaking at virtual summits is part of your visibility plan, it's time to make yourself into a good virtual summit speaker.

Being a good summit speaker will ensure that hosts ask you to come back to their events, refer you to other hosts, and it will make the process easier and more beneficial for you too!

To help, let's talk about...

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Should I Share the Full Attendee List with Virtual Summit Speakers?

We all want our speakers to benefit, but how? Today, we'll break down whether or not you should share the full attendee list with virtual summit speakers.

It used to be standard for virtual summit hosts to share the full attendee list with all of the speakers. But with GDPR, all the privacy rules, and modern marketing tactics, what’s the right answer?

A Quick History of Virtual Summits

Back when summits first started it was standard to share the full attendee list with all your speakers. In fact, back then, it was the biggest reason that...

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Virtual Summit Speakers

We all know a bad pitch when we see it, but do you feel confident in your pitches? Let’s cover 4 mistakes to avoid when pitching virtual summit speakers.

Bad speaker pitches are giving virtual summits a gross vibe. As long as bad speaker pitches keep going out, we'll have more and more people thinking poorly about virtual summits. 

We all know how amazing a summit can be!

I really want to help turn this mindset around, so let's cover the 4 mistakes to avoid when pitching virtual summit speakers and turn a "gross, heck no" into a...

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What You Need to Know About Speaker Agreements with Casey Handy-Smith

In this episode, we're chatting with Casey Handy-Smith to talk about whether you need a speaker agreement, what it should and shouldn't include, and more.

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No one likes sending out legal documents. Especially when you've invited someone on to speak at your event, you want it to be fun and casual, and you already feel like you're asking a lot of them.

But, if you're thinking about skipping the speaker agreement for your virtual summit? Think again!

No matter how well you know your speakers or how...

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Do You *Have* to Pay Virtual Summit Speakers Affiliate Commissions?

Do I have to pay my virtual summit speakers affiliate commissions? Let’s cover whether it’s a requirement, why, and how to overcome any hurdles with it.

There are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to your virtual summit speakers. How many should I have? Who should I pitch? What should I give them for participating?

Recently, in the Summit Host Hangout Facebook group, I was asked, "Do I have to pay my virtual summit speakers affiliate commissions?"

Today, we're going to break down the answer to that question and cover whether or not...

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4 Reasons Speakers Say "Yes" When You Pitch Them for Your Virtual Summit

Intimidated by pitching virtual summit speakers? Generally, they’re not interested in the size of your list. Here are the top reasons that speakers say yes!

When it comes time to pitch virtual summit speakers, it's easy to get in your head about how much you are (or aren't) paying them or how big (or small) your audience is. The thing is, those aren't the reasons someone will agree to participate in your summit.

Reasons we think speakers say yes

There is no way I can cover all reasons that any person on earth might say yes, but we’ll...

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