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2013 Women’s Ministry Training

30 Dec

The Global, Online Women’s Ministry Expo is Friday, January 11th at www.WomensMinistryExpo.com.  It’s live, it’s free, it’s for YOU!

Register today at http://www.WomensMinistryExpo.com!

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Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Booking & Hosting Your Guest Speaker

30 Dec

When you know your event parameters, you are ready to invite your speaker(s). Ideally, you should have 6 weeks to 18 months to pull your event together, but it can be done in as little as a few weeks. Scheduling considerations include:

• Existing events on the church schedule
• Facility availability
• Guest speaker availability
• Fundraising requirements
• Conflicting city-wide events of interest to attendees (visit your Chamber of Commerce website)

Once you have a ball-park date range for your event, book your guest speaker(s).

If your event depends on the availability of a particular speaker, start by contacting the speaker for a list of available dates. From your options, select the date(s) that best fit your parameters.

To secure a speaker:

  • Personalize a phone or email invitation.
  • Pitch it.
  • Wait for a response.

Now is the time to start a Speaker Tracking Chart. This way, over the months and years, you will have a good record of who you’ve invited that might be a good option for another event. When you hear back from any speaker or booking agent, add the speaker to this list. This is your “working” list. It is an at-a-glance management tool that insures each step of the process occurs in the right order and only once.

Once you have confirmed the details, prepare to care for your guest speaker(s). Either recruit an speaker shepherd (sample instructions) or see to the speaker’s needs yourself, but be sure it gets done.

One appreciative speaker, who had been spoiled all day by a speaker shepherd I’d recruited, recently confided that it was unusual for anyone to think of her needs at all, let alone for her to have one person dedicated to that task.

Ideally, have the speaker’s remuneration ready to give her before she leaves, but either way, within 2 weeks of your event, follow-up by sending the speaker a thank you note along with any outstanding remuneration, copies of evaluations, comments overheard about the speaker’s presentations and so on.

One of the hardest times for speakers and event planners are immediately following an event. Reach out to each other at this time of decompression and watch God turn a typically low time into a season of celebration.

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Selecting Your Ideal Guest Speaker

29 Dec

Before you invite a speaker, there are a few critical things you should ask about:

1. What is her statement of faith? Does it match yours?
2. What are her motivational gifts? For example, a speaker with a powerful altar ministry may be one group’s “best speaker ever” and another group’s nightmare.
3. What is her presentation style? Is she loud and dynamic, soft spoken, humorous or deep? All of these have a place, but not necessarily at your event.

Before you can clearly identify what “she” needs to be, you’ll have to define what you need:

  • Is your event mostly for fun and fellowship? You’ll need an enthusiastic speaker with a sense of humor.
  • Is it a spiritual renewal weekend? You’ll need theologically sound teaching balanced with personal stories, humor, and a listening pray-er.
  • Are you hosting a Ladies Night Out? Find a speaker who can match an encouraging Scriptural challenge to the interesting hobby/craft everyone will learn that night. Or, invite a speaker who can do both: teach a useful skill and provide spiritual wealth.

Once you have clearly defined your event’s parameters you will be able to select the right speaker to make it happen.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to book and host your speaker, but for now, spend time establishing your event goals. My eBook, Retreats Made Easy is a 2-hour project guide resulting in a retreat plan, committee outline, operational budget and speaker parameters. It’s $18.95 alone or part of the mentorship program at Marnie.com.

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Creative Ways to Raise Speaker Fees, Honorariums & Travel Expenses

28 Dec

You may be asking, “How much does the average speaker get paid?” Sorry, but there is no such number.

  1. Businesses budget for speakers. They pay speakers a set fee. They have fees for presentations, full-day in-house trainings, monthly meetings, quarterly events and annual conventions. These can vary within the same business by thousands of dollars.
  2. Organizations and clubs have rules, speaker guidelines and some pay, some don’t.
  3. Churches and Women’s Ministry groups pay anywhere from zero to thousands of dollars, depending on the group and guest.
  4. A one-time, 15 minute talk is radically different than a weekend retreat where the guest speaks four times.

Most speakers have an idea of what they need and most groups have an idea of what they are used to paying. Somewhere in the middle, the two meet.

From yesterday, remember the motto I hope you’ll adopt:

“We generously support our guest speakers financially
to the exact degree God enables us.”

Let’s say that the guest speaker you decide you want to bring in actually needs more than your budget allows.  Here are some of the creative fundraisers I’ve heard about at WomenSpeakers.com:

  • Add $1-10 per ticket to cover the speaker’s expenses. One group budgets 50% of the total intake for the speaker (so they can fly someone in and pay her).
  • Take a love offering.
  • Host a fundraiser before or even during the event: a rummage sale, silent auction, craft sale, etc.
  • Ask for donations from local businesses in exchange for a mention in the program or a coupon in the gift bags.
  • Ask for sponsors who pay a certain amount and then enjoy a private dinner or backstage chat with the speaker before the event begins.
  • Host a concession stand serving bottled water, fresh fruit and granola bars.
  • Pre-sell and host a table at the event where she can sell her books, CDs, etc. as the income from these helps offset her expenses.

These are some of the ideas I’ve heard of from planners and speakers at WomenSpeakers.com. If you’ve done or heard of any others, add them in a comment below for the benefit of all!

Tomorrow we’ll discuss booking and hosting tips.

God bless & see you then!

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Speaker Fees, Honariums & Expenses

27 Dec

As WomenSpeakers.com connects over 10,000 women’s ministry leaders and 1,600 Christian women speakers, each connection is unique.

As you book your speakers for 2012, here is the standard I hope you will adopt:

“We generously support our guest speakers financially
to the exact degree God enables us.”
How Much to Pay Guest Speaker

How Much to Pay Guest Speaker

The speakers at WomenSpeakers.com are amazingly willing and eager to come to you. They WANT to work within your budget! But, having said that, here is the speaker’s reality:

  • For every minute she is traveling to you, with you, or traveling home, her family misses her and her husband feels her absence.
  • During every hour she spends preparing her talk(s), she is your responsibility. She is neither earning money nor serving others while she serves you.
  • Every moment she spends praying for your women, she is not praying for her family, her friends, or others.
  • Upon returning home, she will need to bring a gift or provide payment to those who helped care for her children while she  was with you.
  • When considering whether he can afford to let his wife take future engagements, a wise husband must take into account the family finances.

Tomorrow we’ll explore creative ways to find funds to pay for guest speakers, but for today, suffice it to say that speakers should not be “paid” for the number of minutes they stand on your platform. They are on your clock during every conversation, email, meeting, prayer time, preparation time, travel and on-premise. Ask God to help you know how to honor her according to the Biblical examples in I Timothy 5:18, Galatians 6:6 and Luke 10:7.

And, as we go through these 5 days of Women’s Ministry Training, I’m praying with you that God will not only lead you to precisely the right speakers, but will also provide exactly the right honorarium for each.

God bless & see you tomorrow!

PS – Do you know a good Women’s Ministry  speaker who is not currently listed at WomenSpeakers.com? Tell her about it and encourage her to add her contact information. Both free and paid listings are available.

Women’s Ministry Training 2012: Speaker Acquisition

26 Dec

As I facilitate connections between over 10,000 women’s ministry leaders and 1,600 Christian women speakers via my website at WomenSpeakers.com, I see it all! Just as your women’s ministry is unique, having it’s own DNA and God-originated vision, so who you host as guest speakers and how you host them will be unique.

  • Some women’s ministries bring in one speaker a year while others host 8-20.
  • Some women’s ministry groups have a set speaker honorarium, some add $2-10/ticket for the speaker, and others take up a love offering.
  • Some WM’s rely on the speaker to provide everything for the event while others give her 15-30 minutes total.

Since January is the #1 search month for speakers, during which WomenSpeakers.com receives thousands of extra website hits compared to the other months of the year, I’m going to spend the next 5 days helping you think through your speaker acquisition strategy for 2012.

Find a speaker for my Women's Ministry Event, Retreat, Conference, Luncheon

Find a speaker for my Women's Ministry Event, Retreat, Conference, Luncheons

Tip #1. Get clear about what you need the speaker to provide. For example:

  • Do you want to bring in a speaker with a pre-set topic, like the title of her most recent book, or would you prefer to set your own theme direction and then search for a speaker able to support it? Decide about this before you start selecting speakers.

  • Does she need to be well-known or will just as many guests come if they don’t recognize her name? Well-known speakers are pricey and must be booked 1-3 years in advance whereas lesser-known speakers are often just as good or better, but don’t charge as much and can be booked with much less notice.
  • Does she need to be a singer, worship leader or skit-actress as well as a speaker?
  • Will she be presenting to a large auditorium full of women, in a classroom setting or over a meal? All these things make a difference.

As you go through the next few days of Women’s Ministry Training, I’ll be praying with you that the parameters you establish will be used by God to lead you to exactly the right speakers for your 2012 events.

God bless & see you tomorrow!

PS – Women’s Ministry Leaders and Event Planners search WomenSpeakers.com for free and contact the speakers directly. there are no middle men and no wait. Just browse anytime you have time and contact the speakers directly.

Eat What You Love

20 Jan
During this hour-long training,
you will learn how to break your

Thursday, January 21st
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A few weeks after the launch of my new website, Better Than a Diet, God orchestrated a “chance meeting” with Dr. Michele May. He went on to use her extensive research to confirm to me what He had been asking me to teach, even though I was still in the learning curve myself.

It is my great joy to introduce you to one of my newest friends, and to her awesome research and training entitled, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.”

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31 Dec
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