We have had some pretty fantastic success with a couple of individuals that we contacted for the annual Terry Global Speaker Series…More to come as details become finalized, but we promise you, it’s good!
HOWEVER– we have also had some roadblocks. Surprise, surprise, speaker agencies ruin the day yet again! Terry history has shown that when we a) have a special connection to the speaker or b) somehow avoid the agent and the speaker bureau and make direct contact with the individual, they realize that Terry is a student project and are happy to come to UBC!
So, here’s an idea. Look at the original posting for the Global Speaker Series invite list and consider who you would REALLY want to see. Then, join Florin and I in pursuing the hell out of these people.
Do they have blogs? COMMENT AND ASK THEM TO COME TO UBC IN VANCOUVER, CANADA!
Do they have twitter? TWEET TWEET TWEET!
Facebook fan pages? You get the idea.
Personally, I was hoping for Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink, Outliers, The Tipping Point), whom I’ve heard has substantially reduced his gigantic speaker fee for University engagements….His speaker’s bureau told me otherwise this morning. (Malcolm, if you’re out there, please fulfill your obligation as an awesome and successful Canadian to visit your fellow Canadians!)
Feel free to post your hot pursuit progress in the comments section.