What is Speakezee

How does it work?

Speakers create a simple profile which focuses on subject expertise and speaking experience. The more complete the speaker profile, the more likely you will be contacted by an organiser. You can list a talk you can give or have given in the past and add materials you might want to share - papers, slides, videos or even a soundcloud podcast. Event organisers can find and shortlist speakers using a quick and simple search. Once an organiser has found the perfect speakers they can send an invitation to speak at their event. The best profiles will include recordings of previous speaking events.

If clients don't find what they are looking for, they can get help by contacting the site at admin@speakezee.org and we are about to launch a curating service to help people to source the right speaker for the purpose.

Other functions of the speakezee site include:

Generating discussion

Audience members can leave comments, questions and feedback for individual talks. Speakers can respond to questions and audience members will be alerted if and when their questions are answered. It's the perfect way to start a discussion.

Event Promotion

Event organisers can submit their event for promotion on Speakezee and benefit from the feedback and file sharing functionality. Contact the Speakezee events manager on "List Your Event"

How did you come up with the idea for your enterprise?

As an experienced public speaker and communicator, I realised that many other academics are capable of inspiring audiences but there was no way to easily find those willing to share their expertise.

 What is your educational and/or professional background?

 I am a University professor and Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol. I am also an author and former Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer (2011).

What were the reasons and purpose for setting up your social enterprise?

 To put expert communicators back at the centre of society. We don't need less experts but rather more.

How did you start putting your idea into action? eg business planning etc

I found a talented team at a web designing company, Gravitywell, who designed and built the platform and I paid for the site.  We launched it in February 2015.

How did you develop a technical platform for Speakezee i.e. matching the speakers profiles with events?

 The matching is primarily done by the organizers though we do offer a curated service.

How did you let people and potential clients/customers know what you were doing and market your organisation?

 Networking and identifying key stakeholders. So far there has been little blanket marketing. We have three target audiences and are focusing on "the low hanging fruit."

Following from the advice from the SEIP, we have been developing landing pages targeted at particular audiences. The marketing strategy is forthcoming and will initially be targeted at the independent school sector with the corporate business sector to follow thereafter.

How did the SEIP bootcamp help you to develop your business/strategy etc?

 It's early days yet but already the conversations have been more focused and goal-oriented.

What are your long-term goals for your organisation and aims for the future?

 A financial viable service that creates connects schools, universities, the general public and businesses.

What do you do in your spare time?

 What spare time?

What advice would you give to someone thinking of setting up their own social enterprise?

 Do not underestimate the time commitment.

Would you recommend the SEIP bootcamp/incubation support to others and why?

 Yes, I would as a reality check against the unbridled enthusiasm and blind faith that entrepreneurs need in order to succeed

Check out the Speakezee podcast on the Cosmic Shambles network


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Interview with founder Professor Bruce Hood, chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol.

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Speakezee is a searchable database of academic expert speakers. We are a not-for-profit community interest company supported by the University of Bristol and our partners. At its heart is the desire to help speakers engage with their audience and to make it easier for organisers to find relevant experts to talk at their event, whatever the size. It also allows speakers to showcase talks, share materials and collect evidence of impact from the audiences in the form of comments and discussion.


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