Love that Louise. Very original!
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This is not exactly a gift, but if you have a number of speakers who would benefit from being able to network with one another, they might really appreciate it if you organised a private dinner or drinks for them?
I am in India and its pretty customary to give speakers tokens or mementos of appreciation especially in cases where he or she has come as a guest speaker (at no fee/charge). The usual plaque or salver is what we often give, which they proudly display on their stands back home or at office.
Off late I have tied up with a not-for-profit organization that is into afforestation and also aide smaller farmers in growing saplings. So what we do is, instead of giving a plaque or anything that in reality is pretty useless in itself we have started issuing ‘Green Certificates’ via this Not for profit org. They charge us per sapling – so if the speaker is a keynote speaker we ask the organization to plant 10 saplings in his name and they in turn provide us with a QR code. We get certificates designed and embed the QR code in it stating that In appreciation of XYZ 10 sapling have been planted in XYZ forest/farm…the QR code actually leads him to a landing page which has the google map coordinates where the plants are and photographs of the actual saplings as well.
People seem pretty kicked about receiving this.
Hi Roger, that’s a lovely idea and great to hear how things are done in other parts of the world. I love that you can personalise it and convey the appreciation whilst helping the environment. Great stuff! Melissa
I like that they can actually see the location of the sapling and pictures; it makes it more tangible rather than a generic “we’ve donated to charity on your behalf”.
We were struggling to find a gift for a speaker we had at an event but then we found https://bottleinabox.co.uk/. It is good to send alcohol to speakers as they normally enjoy it.
Also, they may have dry throats after all that speaking so there’s a health benefit as well as a thank you in that!
I saw a speaker on Twitter recently raving about a great personalised gift they’d received:
Love the thought and effort in that!
How about homemade speaker gifts? He says it’s weird but he’s taken it home and tasted it!
And how cute is this one?
Hey All, We find if you gift speakers with advertising and promotional equipment it kills 2 birds with 1 stone. 1) the speaker is thanked for speaking and 2) the speaker gets a gift that adds value to their business. More importantly if a speaker is speaking at an event - the event organizers will be ordering advertising signage and collateral anyway. A few clients we have worked with have done this successfully. Although, I guess like most things it also depends on the speakers preferences. e.g. a poster with their head shot and brand OR banner with their brand and website. What do you all think ? https://ultimatebanners.co Ben
Hi Ben, I can see how that might actually be really valuable to them, at the same time as providing a great backdrop for their keynote - win/win!