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"TO EXTEND YOUR REACH"
Since 1983, speakers at Services Cooperative Association have presented a
variety of educational 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 featured speaker for that week. Remember to promote yourself as Featured
Speaker 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 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 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 10 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 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.
If you wish, we will record a video of your presentation and print copies of your
handouts. You may also provide the Motivational Message at the
beginning of our program - 7 minutes, non commercial - or be the Business Showcase for 1 minute - highly
commercial - in the middle of the room in another section of our program and you will be
listed on our website for 1 full year.
with the PayPal link click here. For virtual
meetings the Speaker Fee is $25. Click
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/Candidates are exempted
from commercial message fees. Audio-visual equipment, if required, is to be
provided by you. (Bring your own audio-visual equipment.) Please inform the Program
Chairman when doing so.
Should you have questions, contact the Program Chairman via email at service@serviceSCA.org or by telephone at (713)
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