How Speakers, Exhibitors, Consultants, and Meeting Planners Partner-Generate More Money and Value

How Speakers, Exhibitors, Consultants, and Meeting Planners Partner-Generate More Money and Value

o “Make Every Moment Count” is the title of a CD that a pharmaceutical company gave away at their characterize booth at two major conferences.

Half of the CD covered the company’s new product news and “how-to’s”; the other

half featured tips from a speaker at those conferences. The gift was announced with

on-the-seat cards during the speaker’s sessions.

o A fullflilment house inserts a speaker’s “Communicate Clearly” tips sheets on top

of the informational updates that the fulfillment house mails out on behalf of their

corporate clients in the fields of insurance, credit and healthcare.

The tips are a welcome relief from the important, but highly technical reading below


The speaker provides the camera-ready tips to the fulfillment house that offers

them as an additional assistance to their corporate clients.

Those clients pay for reproduction. Each sheet has a line at the top, “(name of

company) supports your personal success.”

o The largest beer producer in India introduced an upscale beer for women.

Hanging from a gold cord around the neck of each bottle is a card entitled, “Live

Well” that contributes a free 3″ x 3″ book of 100 lifestyle tips for women buyers.

Buyers get the book from their store when they turn in ten bottle caps. The book is

co-authored by an American woman speaker and a popular Indian woman


These are examples of cross-promotions among speakers and people from different

industries or professions. Like all successful cross-promotions, they are aimed at

better reaching and/or serving a mutual market.

Successful cross-promotions build customer-attracting visibility and value.

Unsuccessful joint promotions can create irritation and lose credibility.

Some speakers are avid cross-promoters. Several have written about partnering and

joint promotions including Jeff Slutsky and Ed Rigsbee. Some informally or formally

proportion speaking leads. Some refer to each other in their speeches, articles, ezines,

web sites, books and media interviews. Some sell each other’s products.

To truly stand out in an over-advertised world, some speakers and other

consultants are beginning to partner with people a step or two outside the meeting


For your partnering opportunities, look more closely at your meaningful stakeholders,

including your “hot list” of fans who have heard you speak, meeting planners,

speakers bureaus, exhibitors at trade shows where you appear, other speakers,

vendors who sustain the industry.

Now look at the markets and organizations that are important to them. In each

case, you may have a way to partner with a stakeholder – or with an organization

that is important to that stakeholder – to better reach or serve one of their markets.

Your “product” is your message, delivered in person, or in some other package.

More credible than traditional advertising, your helpful and inspiring stories, tips

and examples can naturally attract prospects to you and to your cross-promoting


Do you speak to manufacturers?

o What if your pertinent tips appeared on their packaging, along with your contact


o What if your product was inside the package of a big ticket consumer product?

For example, techno-savvy speakers’ pertinent ideas could add a human touch if

they appeared on or inside computer hardware or software packages.

Two Lexus dealers will be placing a speaker/singer’s CD, “It’s a Beautiful Life”, on

the front seat of their newly sold cars.

For many years, speaker Bob Popyk has produced sales publications for retailers and

other distributors of big ticket consumer products, ranging from boats to musical

instruments. His clients are the manufacturers of those products. All these

publications pull people to his “Creative Selling” magazine.

Agilent Technologies sponsored my presentation for their clients and prospects.

Each attendee received a card pack with their technology tips on one side and my

communication tips on the other.

Offer your clients the opportunity to co-author articles with you for their

specialized or industry publications. Tell them some of the titles of your timeless

articles so they can choose one to revise.

Via email, send your client the article she selects, with places marked to insert

examples and quotes from their industry.

Include fleeting instructions for completing the revision.

Ask her to send the version back to you for your final approval.

Offer to submit the article to the appropriate industry and specialized


Now, more than ever, people are open to inventive ways to capture attention, offer

genuine value without price-cutting and reach new markets. Your suggested cross-

promotions can demonstrate your care for customers and your capacity to be

cutting edge.

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