The new speaker enquiry system has generated twenty enquiries since going live in August, so I’m pleased with results, worth the extra coding.
Liz Burton from Doncaster, South Yorkshire is the latest to sign up to the Speakers Website, she offers talks in the following areas:
Past Life Recall.
What Really Goes on Inside Your Head.
How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Search under the Topics: Complementary Therapy or Health
I may speak to her about the last subject… as recent events cause me to question myself!
I have to write this out of shear respect for the character. One of my fellow speakers is an octogenarian and he still get about doing talks, mostly associated with his career in the world of acting and theatricals, however a stint on a cruise liner also gave him a wide gamut of amusing tales to recount!
Some people when they get to 40 think life is over! Good for Colin!
If you are looking for a speaker to inspire you with tales from the world of the stage look no further than Colin, his details on the site are here: Yorkshire Speakers Directory
The old system just sent an email when an enquirer found a speaker they were interested in, so I had no way of knowing how effective the site is. Therefore I decided to change the mechanism so that the enquirer fills in a form which sends an email to the recipient speaker but at the same time it alerts me and deposits the enquiry into a database, along with sending a confirmation to the enquirer. So if anything goes wrong I can ensure that the contact can be resurrected.
This year (2013) has seen a burst of new registrations, so if you are looking for a speaker for an event our scope is increasing monthly! All new entrants are flagged in the listing so check out the talks available, but don’t forget the existing speakers have plenty to offer!
Nine new speakers have signed up from the beginning of 2012, the topic areas include, travel, culture, literature, writing, nostalgia, health, history, disaster relief, and humour from a legal point of view. The new speakers are flagged with a “new” graphic to make selection easier.
Yesterday I did a very successful talk on Parlington Hall to Garforth Probus Group, it was the first outing of my newly crafted version, which included some unique nineteenth century photographs of the old place along with some more recent, as the hall was in a state of serious decay. I will be doing this same talk to Wetherby Wives Ladies Group in early May, so hopefully it will be similarly well received as yesterday’s talk.
I have introduced a new talk on Parlington and the military, which includes details of the war in Sudan in 1885 in which Colonel Frederick Richard Trench-Gascoigne, “Dick” to his friends, was a member of the party attempting to rescue General Gordon in Kartoum!
Also information of the army at Parlington during World War Two
Link here: Military Talks Section Select Military from the option menu on the page.
Update, insufficient speaker numbers have made this idea a non starter at the moment.
To keep abreast of changing circumstances and by popular request, the site is being re-designed to allow business oriented speakers to add their details in a bespoke section, targeted at Yorkshire Business, as a ‘B2B’ resource. So if you have a message to get out to Business in Yorkshire and the neighbouring areas, please add your details. To add an entry to the new section please vist: Add your entry here.
Work is underway to produce the 2009-10 printed version of the Yorkshire Speakers Directory series. The publisher Chris Helme, has recently sent out an application form to all listed speakers, if you have not received one and would like to be listed in the print versions, then please contact us.
The price for an entry is £5.00 for the first directory (1 of 3) and £2.50 for each thereafter. So if you wanted an entry in the North, South and West Yorkshire publications, the cost would be £10.00. To purchase a copy of each book is £7.99, less 25% for speakers listed in the respective volume.
The books are used extensively by Speaker Finders and enable people who are less confident with the Internet to contact a prospective talk giver.