POTENTIAL SPEAKER FAQsWould you like to be a Speaker for a PWN Meeting? Answers to some of your questions may be found below. If you would like to present at a PWN meeting, please contact us.
Thank you for expressing an interest in presenting to the Professional Women’s Network (PWN). This FAQ sheet will provide you with some background about our organization, PWN’s meetings, and outline what information we need from you in order to consider your presentation for a future PWN meeting.
Potential Speaker FAQs
What is the Professional Women’s Network?
The PWN is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, focused on supporting the success of women in business. We welcome both female and male members, and guests are always welcome to attend our meetings. The membership is comprised of a strong mix of business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and professionals from many business sectors with various levels of experience. There is no annual membership fee – rather, the PWN hosts meetings once a month on a pay-as-you-attend basis. That way, we hope, our members will get the most out of their PWN experience.
Our speakers are volunteers who generously give their time to present at PWN events, meet our members and gain connections in the business community.
What does a PWN meeting look like?
The event room holds up to 70 guests. Our membership is very diverse and the make-up at each meeting varies depending on the topic. Generally, we see entrepreneurs and small business owners, professionals from various fields, as well as human resource specialists attend our meetings.
The event generally runs as follows:
4:30 pm: Speaker arrives for set up
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Attendees arrive and networking
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Presentation
6:00 pm – 6:05 pm: Introduction from PWN
6:05 pm – 6:50 pm: Speaker presentation
6:50 pm – 7:00 pm: Audience questions
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Door-prize draw, 1-on-1 questions or follow-up with the speaker, clean-up, etc.
In our view, the best way to learn about the PWN is to attend one of our meetings. A list of upcoming events is available on our website.
What makes a popular, successful presentation?
Recently, our meetings have sold out and the presentations have received very positive reviews. A key aspect of a successful presentation is providing substantive content to members, so that they learn something new, gain a new skill, and/or are challenged to consider a new perspective on the topic in question. Our members love to be engaged during a presentation (they will likely have lots of questions and are open to active participation throughout the presentation) and want to take away new, useful information.
Presentations that focus on selling products, services or courses have not had the same success and leave members feeling like they did not gain anything. It goes without saying that we aim to avoid the latter from occurring. So, while we invite presenters to distribute flyers, business cards, and/or ask members to (voluntarily) sign-up to receive more information by email, we ask presenters to not engage in a “hard-sell”. It is not appreciated by our members and counteracts all of the great work that the presenter has have done to prepare and present for the PWN.
What do we need from you?
If you are interested in presenting to the PWN, please provide us with a presentation proposal that includes the following information:
- Presentation Outline: A short outline of your presentation.
- Value to PWN Members: A summary of the value that your presentation will bring to our membership, and the key lessons, ideas, thoughts, etc. that our members will take away with them after hearing / participating in your presentation.
- Referrals: Contact information for two or three referrals, preferably associated with past speaking engagements.