Many professional speakers who charge a fee for their programs are giving far fewer presentations than they gave a few years ago because corporations, nonprofits and government agencies have cut travel and training budgets.
One way for speakers to rebound is to tweak their topic for the college market.
- A speaker who trains corporate executives on leadership can take the fundamental points of the presentation and teach college students how to be leaders, whether it’s within their fraternities or sororities, student government or special-interest groups on campus.
- An expert on corporate recruiting and retention can teach college fraternities and sororities how to recruit and retain members. Greeks, by the way, have their own budgets for hiring speakers, yet another recession-proof pot of money.
- Speakers who specialize in motivating corporate audiences as convention keynoters can take their message to college campuses, where motivational speakers are in high demand.
- Diversity trainers who target corporate America can teach college faculty, staff and students about diversity. At a four-year college, a kid from the inner city and a farm kid from Kansas can suddenly find themselves roommates, with all kinds of potential problems.