"TO EXTEND YOUR REACH"
Since 1983, speakers at Services Cooperative
Association have presented a variety of educational
topics of interest to emerging business owners. They are recognized as some of Houston's best
public speakers. Your participation is appreciated. Whether you're a beginner or a pro,
some suggestions for your presentation:
Attend a Business Building Breakfast Meeting
prior to your speaking date to become familiar with
the location, facilities and format of the meeting. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes
before the meeting
starts so that you may make your first appearance to the group in a poised, professional
Wear normal professional attire (coat and tie for men suggested)
and bring business cards.
Your speaking date will be established after you have attended a first meeting.
You may send a staff member to serve this purpose.
In selecting a title, use as few
words as possible and see if you can make your title attention-getting,
catchy or appealing. Your name, company and presentation topic will generally be
including media, starting about six weeks before your speaking date, with a link to your
from the SCA Upcoming
Speakers web page.
Should something occur that will prevent your
presentation on your scheduled speaking date,
please arrange for your own replacement on the topic you
selected. We do not accept this
responsibility. You have it totally when you commit to the date and topic.
On the week of your presentation, call in your reservation to
(713) 932-7495 x 2 before noon
on Monday as confirmation that you are the featured speaker for that week.
On the day of your presentation, arrive about
30 minutes before the meeting starts to give yourself
time to interact with the people present, many of whom will be attending just to hear your
Bring a bio or whatever you wish said for an introduction by the program chairman.
Since the time allocated for your presentation includes the reading of your bio you may
want to keep it brief.
When you have handouts (strongly
encouraged) give them to the program chairman
who will arrange one at each place-setting. Of course your handout will have complete
contact information, including your name, company name, telephone number,
email and web address and will represent you and your organization
in the most professional manner.
You will register at the returning guest table
in the normal manner, with one exception;
there will be a "Speaker" ribbon for you to wear during the meeting.
You will sit at the head table at the end position with the
Texas flag behind
you and the lectern to your right.
You will have 10 minutes
for your presentation, including your bio, which will be read
by the program chairman as you are introduced. Should you have a lengthy bio,
you may want to include it as part of your handout to minimize loss of
Timing cards will be at the back table, positioned directly in your line of sight from the
The program chairman will count down your time from 10 to 1, flipping a card after each
has passed. When you see that you have one minute remaining, you
should be in the
closing section of your presentation. Shortly before the last minute has elapsed,
the program chairman will return to the front of the room in preparation for leading
the applause at the conclusion of your presentation.
When you have completed your presentation, remain
at the lectern where the program chairman
will present you with a framed "Certificate of Appreciation" on behalf of SCA.
Your presentation is to be of a non-commercial,
informational, educational nature.
SCA promotes you, your company and your topic with approximately 10,000+ e-mails, notices
media and spots on our website here
for only $50.00, which includes your breakfast.
When you have submitted payment, please
send your name, company name, URL, preferred date
and topic to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that all of Houston's major print publications have been extremely
generous in announcing our speaker and topic, however, we cannot guarantee
that media will publish your presentation.
Should you wish to present a
commercial message, you may do so by informing the program chairman in
advance and paying the $100.00 commercial message fee which also includes your breakfast.
You will have given a commercial message in the event that you make any
reference to your company or what your company does or your clients.
Should you wish to further promote your presentation, SCA will video record your
presentation and email it to you after the meeting. Cost for this feature is only $50.00.
You may also be the "Business Showcase Company"
for an additional $100.00. If you wish to do both (commercial message and business
showcase) you may have the package price of only $200.00 or a combo presentation of all
three (commercial message, video recording and business showcase) for $250.00.
While SCA by-laws require speakers or
their representative to attend a meeting prior to being scheduled as the
speaker and to pay meeting costs, the by-laws do not require speakers to pay a commercial
message fee unless giving a commercial message. Once again, you will have been deemed to
have given a commercial message in the event that you make any reference
to what you or your company does. Should you do, even inadvertently, during your
presentation and not have made prior arrangement with the program chairman and already
paid the commercial message fee, the program chairman will request the commercial message
fee at the close of the meeting.
Not-for-profit organizations, chambers of
commerce and SCA associates are exempted from commercial message
Audio-visual equipment is available from the host establishment at a
nominal charge if you wish to incur this fee. Please inform the program chairman. You may also
bring your own audio-visual equipment.
Should you have questions, contact the program chairman via email at
service@serviceSCA.org or by telephone at