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Over time, we have discovered resources that help us provide services to speakers, meeting planners and authors. Never wanting to keep things to ourselves, this page contains links to those resources that we hope will prove helpful to speakers - whether you are one of "ours" or not.
Transparency: Now, and in the future, there will be links to resources of companies that AFS has an affiliate relationship with. In those cases, all of our affiliate earnings are split between two non-profits: Blue Ridge Discovery Center and Project Healing Waters. Both organizations were chosen to honor Kate's late brother, Dr. Bob Stetler, who died in 2016.
Deckard & Company
There is just no way that this website would exist in its current form if not for Brian Deckard and Devard Web Solutions. (Plus, I would be completely insane!). Before starting on the website for AFS Speaker Management, I had hired Brian to work on four websites for our speakers as well as a website for an external business associate. So I already knew the level of expertise that Brian possesses and I knew that, because he is a WordPress Developer, he would create a custom template and we would end up the exact website I wanted. He understands what speakers need and he listened to me when I wanted some specific functionality. And even though I threw him some curves, he found out how to make things happen for me. I love the fact that I can get my domains from him as well as my hosting. And he is also a great resource for general graphic design for my business papers and speaker one-sheets, and if that wasn't enough, he is also my print provider. AND can I say that he is one of the nicest people I have the privilege of having on the AFS team.
The eSpeakers software program is, without question, one of the most important tools in my business. There are several functions of eSpeakers and I use them all. I first began using eSpeakers in 2005. Back then it was exclusively an event management program but they have grown beyond that. There is still all of the who, what, where, when, why, and how much for each individual event. The customizable Action Item function makes sure that nothing slips through the cracks. The Marketplace Profile that is generated as a part of each speaker’s subscription generates an outstanding bureau-friendly website. Meeting Professionals International started using the Marketplace Profile to populate their internal directory. The website for national NSA uses your profile as do most NSA chapters. If you aren’t using eSpeakers, you aren’t getting in front of the people who need to see you. Alliance for Success is using this same Marketplace Profile to generate our own internal directory as well. If you aren’t on eSpeakers, click here and you can try the Pro version for 60 days for only $10! We are NOT affiliates of eSpeakers. We could be but decided that since we require all of our speakers to subscribe, I didn't want there to be a conflict of interest.
Originally created as Ace of Sales by Jeffrey Gitomer. Now known as Outstand, it is a great tool that creates customized, personalized emails that make for a superior follow-up tool. It's easy to use and it keeps my emails from looking like every other email that meeting planners get. I am an affiliate of Outstand and that means you get to try it for 30 days for free.
PicMonkey is my go-to graphics creating/editing program. It is very easy to use and the PRO version ($119.88 per year) gives me all of the functionality I need. It uses layers like Photoshop, and there are a lot of bells and whistles and templates without the expense or complications of Photoshop. All of the slider and page graphics on this site were created with PicMonkey. AFS became a PicMonkey affiliate after using the program for several years.
One of the many benefits of working with Brian Deckard at Deckard and Company is the fact that he has access to many tools and resources. When I turned to him for his advice on an online scheduling program that is tied directly to my availability, he recommended Acuity. I had been using different software programs but Acuity beats them both! And, yes, we are affiliates.
This is just a sample of the resources that are used by the AFS team. More will be added soon! If you'd like an update when we add more resources, please fill out the contact form below. We will only update you once each month so as not to fill up your inbox!
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