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Meeting Planners Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Suzanne speak for? +

How long does Suzanne speak for?

She will speak for as long as you want. Suzanne delivers keynote presentations and longer, interactive capacity building programs.

The keynote presentation can be adjusted to suit your scheduling needs, but typically lasts anywhere from 45 to 120 minutes. One hour or 90 minutes are the most common length requested by clients.

Capacity building programs can vary from a half-day to three-day experiences. For a half-day workshop, Suzanne likes to have 3 to 4 hours (the fee is the same regardless of the length) while a full day workshop is anywhere from 5-8 hours. Three days – well that is 24 hours of engagement and transformation experience.

An alternative is to take advantage of Suzanne’s insight at your event and engage her in both a keynote presentation and a breakout workshop session, sometimes on the same topic, sometimes on a completely different topic. If extensive travel is required for your event, maximizing your time makes sense, and bonus - you may not have to hire a second speaker.

We’re not sure which topic would be best for our group/objectives? +

We’re not sure which topic would be best for our group/objectives?

No problem! Based on your conference theme, audience, timing of the event, placement in your
overall schedule, and your goals, Suzanne will suggest the perfect presentation for your group.
Suzanne does tailor to your audience/group/objectives, so she may ask a few questions to assess
the best fit for you. However, if she or her topics are not a fit, she is happy to direct you to a
speaker(s) that may meet your mandate.

How do we know if you are the right fit for our audience? +

How do we know if you are the right fit for our audience?

Suzanne prides herself in giving you her best every time. Suzanne is happy to discuss what your objectives and expectations are for your event and of the speaker. Her primary goal is to make sure she is a fit for you. Her secondary goal is making sure you are a fit for her, meaning Suzanne wants to ensure her style and message will achieve your objectives. Suzanne will have a discussion with you so together you can evaluate if one of her keynotes will fit with your association, not-for- profit or organization mandate.

Can we take video of the presentation? +

Can we take video of the presentation?

Thanks for asking. We appreciate you want to capture the content and share it, and we thank you for appreciating that it is content worth sharing. Due to the interactive nature of the talk, it will leave the video watcher feeling a little less than fulfilled, and we don’t want to sabotage the viewer’s experience. Also, the content is the intellectual property of YouMeWe and we want to preserve that. What we recommend is our video series called WE-Wednesdays, which highlights many of the concepts we share in our capacity building programs and keynotes. You can suggest individuals register here.

Suzanne does bring a personal photographer and videographer with her (aka – her husband and business partner). We also conduct back-of-room-sales of YouMeWe baskets and books (when available and if permitted). If this is a challenge, Suzanne is flexible.

Does Suzanne travel to speak? How does she book her travel? +

Does Suzanne travel to speak? How does she book her travel?

Suzanne loves to travel to work with her clients. She has spent much of her time travelling all over the world researching, writing, and speaking about conscious contributions.

Typically, the client books and pays for the hotel accommodation upfront. Depending on the distance traveled, there may be anywhere from 1 to 3 nights accommodation required.

We book our own airfare and always strive to find a reasonable rate. Within Canada, Suzanne books at an Air Canada Flex rate and never requests a business class seat. For overseas travel, although Suzanne doesn’t require a business class seat – she appreciates, and so will you, she arrives rested. She will work out an arrangement to optimize being ready and raring to go for your event.

If you prefer an exact number for budgeting, we also can quote one of three ways:

  1. Quote an all-inclusive rate that would include the presentation cost plus ALL travel costs in one simple fee OR
  2. Quote a flat fee for the travel expenses on top of the presentation fee so you can see the break down AND/OR
  3. Cap the travel expenses so you know there won’t be any surprises.
Does Suzanne sell books or other products from the stage? +

Does Suzanne sell books or other products from the stage?

Good question, and we get it. You don’t want a hard sell, and frankly, we don't like them either. Suzanne is in the process of publishing her book, and eventually will offer it at the back of the room as a support for the concepts she covers in her talk. We promise, there will be no 10-minute sales pitch in Suzanne’s talk. What works best is the person or emcee doing the introduction mentions that there are books available at the back of the room. Often audience members like to know more, and often are disappointed if information/resources/books are not easily accessible. You also may want to provide one for each attendee, we are happy to discuss a bulk purchase rate.

However, if you don’t want the book available, then we won’t bring it.

In all of Suzanne’s talks, she shares the YouMeWe mindset. In that spirit, she has collaborated with a social enterprise in Swaziland, Africa that employs over 1,000 women. Eight-thousand people depend on this social enterprise for survival.

Suzanne often weaves in the baskets produced by this social enterprise as an example of major concepts shared. These hand-made baskets are available for purchase at the back of the room. Because her talks involve conscious contributions to the community, as an element of the talk, the baskets are a natural complement to the overall spirit of the talk. This basket is being used as a tool to promote the concepts in organizations as well as a reminder to how to collaboratively execute as an organization.

Organizations are also encouraged to provide one for each audience member. Special pricing is available on bulk purchases. Bulk orders need to be decided early in the engagement processes, to ensure availability.

Will you be flexible with your fee? +

Will Suzanne be flexible with your fee?
Suzanne donates much of her time to philanthropic initiatives: Wisdom Exchange TV wisdomexchangetv.com & the YouMeWe Foundation youmewefoundation.org

The YouMeWe Foundation focuses on investing, inspiring, and developing women leaders in emerging countries. In 2011 and 2012 Suzanne spent much of her time in Africa raising funds, providing leadership development and scholarships. All pro-bono work is quite limited, as funding and fundraising for these initiatives is a priority.

As a professional speaker, Suzanne has always maintained her fee and only will consider deviation from that fee if there is a diverse audience with marketing and impact opportunities, which are in line with the YouMeWe mandate. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your event.

We can’t afford Suzanne’s fees, any suggestions? +

We can’t afford Suzanne’s fees, any suggestions?

Depending on your goals and what you are hoping to achieve, here are a few things you may want to consider:

  • Team up with another department, business (or two or three), or an association to share the costs of bringing Suzanne into your community.
  • Look for sponsorship or cost-sharing opportunities with your partners, suppliers, and/or vendors.
  • Especially when Suzanne is traveling far, arrange to have her deliver another presentation to your charity or non-profit organization of choice as an added-value option.
  • Depending on the nature of the event, Suzanne may consider a donation to the YouMeWe Foundation, which will provide a tax receipt – in exchange for her speaking.
  • Although a live presentation always has the greatest impact, you can also:
    • Sign-up team members to receive a weekly subscription to WE-Wednesdays – 3- minute video infusion of conscious contributions
    • Subscribe to WisdomExchangeTV.com where we interview leaders in Conscious Contributions to the community
    • Buy at the online store, YouMeWe: lead tomorrow’s legacy today – book out winter 2018.
      IgniteMe – online learning academy, economical training solutions are also an option.

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