Stacy Tetschner, CEO of the National SpeakersAssociation (NSA) was quoted in the local East Valley Tribune as stating that the speaking opportunities are on the rise.
NSA, the professional association for speakers, is based in Tempe, Arizona.
The combination of a bad economy and presidential distain for conferences were among the factors that dried up speaking opportunities in the last few years.
Tetschner states in the article, Busier professional speakers point to industry recovery, that NSA lost 20 percent of its members over the past four years.
This Examiner was in the audience at the 2012 NSA National Convention when it was acknowledged from the stage that many of the presenters attending the conference had not spoken in the last six months.
As recent articles including Meetings recovering, Business travel predicted to rise, Business travel growing, and Top ten meeting trends of 2011 have indicated, meeting planning and attendance is, fortunately, rising again.
Meeting mean business for everyone.
The East Valley Tribune article states that speaker fees have not yet climbed back to pre-recession levels. Additionally, booking are happening much closer to the event than was the pre-recession norm.
“Speakers used to know a year out,” Tetschner is quoted as saying. “Now it can be 90 days, six months at the most. It’s hard to run a business only knowing what your revenue is for the next 90 days.”
In addition to putting speakers back to work, holding more meetings will help the national economy as a whole, according to Tetschner.
Tetschner summarizes the importance of meetings and conventions when he states that “the meeting industry is the eighth largest in the U.S. That’s a big impact with conventions, catering, hotel rooms, taxi drivers, and so on, As we like to say, ‘meetings mean business for everyone.’”