By @SimonCocking. Quick chat with Andras Baneth Public affairs & strategic comms expert. Head of ‘s European office. Founder of & Author, public speaker.

1 min pitch for what you do now with SpeakerHub?

What SpeakerHub is: connecting public speakers with event organizers, for free, globally. What I do with it now: scaling up: more speakers, more organizers and more connections to create them opportunities.

Was it a logical progression to what you do now?

We’d like to become the main source for sourcing speakers to conferences, schools and events. We’re adding dozens of events looking for speakers to our database, and aim to have over 10k speakers in our system within 3 years.

How was 2016, what went well?

It was our first year of operation, and we managed to make our mark globally: we have speakers from 83 countries around the world, have over 700 organizers and hundreds of opportunities created. Our platform gets great feedback from the community, and we published over 50 helpful articles for speakers and organizers, and ran a webinar series about developing a speaker business with over 1000 registrants.

Anything you’d do differently?

I’d be more careful in deciding which features to develop for our website: though we try to be demand-driven and add features that are requested by the community, some features are more important than others so prioritization is a key challenge. I’d also focus more on partnerships instead of advertising.

What are your plans for 2017 / the future?

More cooperation with global associations who have hundreds or thousands of speaker members. We’re rolling out some amazing new features to be helpful for our speakers who can use SpeakerHub not only as a way to showcase their speaking skills but as a software to manage their speaking career.

Who do you follow for inspiration?

Seth Godin, Jason Fried, Sam Harris

How do people find out more about it?

We take content marketing very seriously, so we run webinar series, publish helpful articles, infographics, checklists, and other resources. We also partner with various associations, and I’m the moderator of the Need a speaker / Be a speaker Linkedin group which has 20K members.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked you?

What’s your one piece of advice to aspiring public speakers?

Understand that the “only” thing an organizer is looking for is to know how they can trust you. Trust your speaking skills, trust your subject matter expertise, trust that you’re a good person to work with, trust that you won’t let them down. So work hard on reassuring all these concerns and your speaking career will take off.

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