Since 1983, motivational speakers at Services Cooperative Association have
presented a variety of inspirational topics of interest to emerging business owners and
the Greater Houston Community. They are recognized as some of Houston's best public
speakers. Your participation is appreciated. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, here are 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 manner. 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
publicized, including media, starting several weeks before your speaking
date 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. Should you be unable to find a replacement, send your
presentation notes and your handouts to the Program Chair, who will arrange an
Associate/Candidate to give your presentation.
On the week of your presentation, call in your reservation to
(713) 932-7495 before noon on Monday as confirmation
that you are the motivational speaker for that week. Remember to promote yourself on all
your social media platforms.
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 topic. 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
You will have 7 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 presentation time.
Timing cards will be at the back table, positioned directly in your line of sight from the
lectern. The Program Chairman will count down your time from 7 to 1, flipping a card after
each minute 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
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+ EntrepreNEWS e-mails, notices to media and spots on our
website here and here. Cost is only
$75.00 and 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.