1. Will I be paid to talk?
Good question. The answer is sadly, no. We don’t have a big sponsor so we don’t have any budget to pay speakers. We would love to pay our speakers as we value your time hugely.
The talks are shared online for Free.
Free is not a great business model, but we are in the inspiration business. And we love our product is ‘Free’ for anyone with access to the internet.
That said, the talks cost a lot of money to put on. A combination of tickets sales and us doing workshops throughout the year covers the costs of putting on the event. We rely on a lot of volunteers to help put the event on. They are amazing and the heartbeat of the Do Lectures.
This is our thinking in terms of being a business. We believe the better we are at being a business, the more people we can help. The more we can give. Any profits made each year are ploughed back into making more inspirational content.
Your talk will be seen all around the world. It’s a great platform to put your ideas out there.
2. Will I have my expenses paid?
Yes, absolutely. We just need to agree on those with you beforehand. Kind of makes sense.
3. Do I have to stay if I don’t want to?
Of course not. But our farm is an amazing place in a beautiful part of the world. We have been doing this for nearly ten years. We can count on one hand the number of speakers who haven’t stayed. The whole thing is magical.
4. Where will I stay?
That’s up to you? If you want to stay in a hotel, we can do that. If you want to stay in some posh tents, we can do that too. There will be cars on hand to take you to your accommodation throughout the night.
5. How do we pick speakers?
We do a lot of research ourselves. Alongside this, we use a process called passing the baton: whereupon speakers are selected from nominations from previous speakers/ attendees. It works well.
6. Do you have Powerpoint and Keynote?
We have the whole caboodle. If you have any special requests, just let us know in advance. Can we do sound? Can we show videos? Yup to both of those. And yes, we have all the wires and cables you will ever need.
7. Will I get picked up from the airport?
We aim to make it so easy for you. So, yes. That is what we are here to do.
8. What about my special dietary needs?
Just let us know in advance, and we will cater for you.
9. How do we help speakers prepare for their talks?
Giving a talk takes some doing. We are here to help you arrive in the peak state to give the talk of your life.
We can arrange massages, yoga, or even a running partner. A quiet room to meditate. A swim in the sea. A walk in the mountains. Whatever you need to get into the right mind-set for your talk, just give us a bit of pre-warning and we will do our very best to make it happen.
10. Any tips for speaking?
Be human. Be you. Tell the story you have always wanted. If your voice shakes, it is because it matters.