Outdoor Speakers Event

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19/12/2011 at 13:25

Hello All,

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but couldn't find anywhere more appropriate. I'm in the process of arranging a fundraising event for my air cadet squadron which will involve an evening of prominent outdoors people speaking about their expeditions and activities. This post is to try and get some ideas from you, (the target audience) about how you would want the evening organised? To raise sufficient funds, the tickets will be £10, so I want to maximise the value for money. Which is best, 3 speakers for 45 minutes each or 2 speakers for an hour each? Have you been to any which were good, or bad, and what made them good or bad? Gear displays or the opportunity to buy gear?

I suppose what I am asking is what do I need to do to get people through the door?

Thanks in anticipation


19/12/2011 at 14:30

For ideas, you could do worse than have a look over at Speakers From The Edge. I saw Andy Kirkpatrick last year and that was a great night. His Mrs, Karen Darke, is one of the most inspirational people you're ever likely to meet.


19/12/2011 at 14:38

I was speaking to Andy this morning about this and other things and he is the calibre of person I'm considering. Although he didn't give me a yes at the time, I think I've got him cornered.

Also looking at some leading Polar people, some of whom are on Speakers from the Edge.

19/12/2011 at 14:43
Graham, where are you based?
19/12/2011 at 15:34
Holywell, North Wales and it'll be in support of Holywell Air Cadets, 2480 sqn if anyone is interested.
19/12/2011 at 16:52
I won't forget a lecture I heard Ranulph Fiennes give, and would highly recommend him if you can get him.
19/12/2011 at 17:46

Bearing in mind that it's primarily a fund-raiser, you need to come up with a formula that leaves you the most cash when all the bills are paid. So... be realistic in that respect.

Does Holywell as a venue have enough of a prospective audience? Are you paying for the hire of a hall for the venue, or are you getting that for free? Are you looking for top-notch speakers who'll perform for free, or are they going to be paid? Are they expecting any travelling expenses, or hotel fees to be paid if they have to stay overnight?

You've said that tickets will be £10. Will people in and around Holywell pay that much? Let's say you get 100 people through the door, then that's £1000 made. I know some speakers would ask for £1000 for a one-night spot anyway... so that's all the cash blown! Fair enough if you get 500 people through the door, and even if you paid three speakers £1000 a pop, and £100 for the hire of a hall for the venue... it would still make a profit of £1900. If you get everything for free, handed to you on a plate, then even 30 people through the door would make £300 which, as a guy I knew often used to say, "is better than a kick in the teeth!"

19/12/2011 at 19:03

I have a choice of 2 arranged venues and am hoping that the speakers will do it for free or just travelling expenses. I have one lined up already who will be going for a North Pole solo in 2013 and he'll do it FOC. However sponsorship is also an option and that is available if we need it. With the quality of the speakers I am thinking of, then people will travel some distance. If we concentrated on polar, there are not many specialist evenings where aspiring polar travellers can talk to the experts.

Most of the organisation is in hand, but it's really feedback and ideas from the target audience which I'm seeking.
10/02/2012 at 22:13
Dave Cornthwaite is good. At 27, he packed in his couch potato existence and is in the process of completing 25 1k journeys using non-motorised transport. So far he's skateboarded across Australia (3600 miles), kayaked 1500miles, SUP'd the Mississipi and tandem biked across America. He's an inspirational character and a good laugh. He's written a few books and does talks, much of it going to charity.

Even better is another speaker I saw, Alan Chambers MBE. This man is seriously impressive and will hold a crowd mesmerised for the duration of his talk and for a long time after too. He spent five years planning the first unsupported team to reach the North Pole from Canada, only two of the original five made it, but what a tale he tells! He received an MBE from the Queen after this expedition. I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't bought the film rights as it'd make a great film.

David should be cheap enough, but I'd imagine Alan would be a bit on the pricey side. Just guessing though! I'd pay £10 to hear Alan again but interested in hearing anyone you get. Whereabouts are you based?

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