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How to Engage with a Speaker After the Event (When the Line is too Long)

By October 15, 2018March 3rd, 2019No Comments
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When faced with the choice between waiting in line or leaving, here’s a tip that works most of the time, to start an email conversation with the conference speaker.

The setup… Imagine you are attending a conference presentation. The workshop and the presenter were excellent.

It’s over. And a crowd of people form a line to talk to her. It looks to be at least 20 people long.

You want to ask the presenter a question. You have second thoughts. You have third thoughts about waiting in line.

Do you risk waiting in line and have her leave or do you just leave a bit let down?

Here’s a tip that works most of the time to start a conversation.

Email the speaker explaining 1 or 2:

  1. You attended the session and you have a question about the topic she covered. Unfortunately, the line to talk to her was very long and you couldn’t stay.
  2. You attended the session and you have a question about a topic she said would cover and she ran out of time. This option by far, gets more responses.

Keep mind:  Keep your request short and to the point. Ask for websites, articles, studies, website links, etc. to help address your question.


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Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after storytelling coach, global speaker, trainer, consultant, communication coach, and public speaking coach.