A snapshot into the lives of people who hire speakers
An Inside Look at Selecting Speakers
Rachel Reynolds is the new Conferences and Professional Development Administrator for the International Association of Administrative
Professionals (IAAP), which is one of the
world’s largest and oldest professional
associations. Its mission is to provide
its members “opportunities for growth
through education, community building and leadership development.” Over
the last two years, IAAP has modified
its approach to meeting those goals by
revamping the speaker selection and
hiring process for its national convention.
Stan B. Walters, CSP: Tell us
about your past experience
with hiring speakers.
Rachel Reynolds: In my previous job,
I worked with speakers on a smaller
scale. This is on a much larger scale, but
I have grown to love it.
How did you select speakers
in the past?
As an executive assistant in my previous
job, we had a limited group of internal
speakers that we used on a regular basis.
At IAAP, we select many external speakers for our educational programs.
How does IAAP’s new selection
An educational committee composed
of association members was formed to
select topics and content for our big
conference in July. Topics focused on
technology, professional development,
and communication for which they
designed 35 different sessions.
This year, we posted a speaker submission process on our website with
topic descriptions and the key takeaways
we wanted from those sessions. We
received 180 submissions for 20 topics.
A three-person committee reviewed all
submissions, and eliminated those that
were incomplete, didn’t follow instructions, or didn’t match our objectives.
The committee selected speakers
who stood out, closely fit our original
course description and offered additional outcomes.
What do you enjoy most in your
I enjoy working with speakers. I had
the opportunity to reach out to our top
picks and hear some of their stories. I’m
looking forward to the conference and
attending presentations so I can connect
faces with names and voices.
Rachel Reynolds is the Conferences and Professional Development Administrator at he International Association of Administrative
Professionals. ( IAAP-HQ.org). She can be
reached at (816) 891-6600 Ext 2246.
Stan B. Walters, CSP, “The Lie Guy®” is a speaker, trainer, author, consultant and still an interrogator. He helps people in organizations who are tired of
making bad decisions because someone lied to
them. Learn more at www.TheLieGuy.com. He
can be reached at Stan@TheLieGuy.com.