TBEX 13 Toronto: Call for Speakers


audience at tbex 12 keystone

Today we are opening the call for speakers for TBEX 13 in Toronto.

We get tons of emails and phone calls from people who want to be speakers at our events. We get way more proposals than we could ever use. So how can YOU stand out among the hundreds of proposals that we receive? Simple. First off, head over to read the post full of tips on being a speaker. Go ahead, do that now. That post will let you know what we expect of our speakers, and it also gives you information on what we’re looking for in selecting speakers and topics. It’s a long post, but it will ultimately save you time and give your proposal a better chance of being selected. Seriously. Read it. Even if you’ve spoken at one of our events before, we want you to read through it and note the changes.

A few key things to remember:

  • You must fill out the online speaker form to be considered as a speaker. Not only is this your opportunity to tell us what your idea is all about, it’s full of the necessary legal information needed.
  • We are a B2B event. Our attendees are people in the travel business, whether blogging or otherwise. This is not a consumer travel show.
  • Remember that it’s not about you (the speaker), it’s about the takeaways our attendees will leave with. That’s why the photo at the top of this post is of our audience (at TBEX 12 in Keystone).

We anticipate that we will be able to cover travel expenses for those who are chosen as speakers. We work with a budget, that does influence how many speakers we can have and how much travel expense we can assume, and at the time we notify speakers we will be able to advise on travel expenses.

The call for speakers will remain open until February 1st, 2013. We expect to notify speakers by March 1st, 2013.

Now, before you rush over to fill out the form, please do yourself a favor and go read the post on what we need and expect.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, explain anything you don’t understand, or try to help you figure out the process — AFTER you’ve read that post.  Feel free to email me if you have questions.

See you in Toronto!

Photo credit:  TBEX 12 flickr pool



  1. Thanks for your generous support of speaker expenses; it’s really appreciated and not as common as one might think.

    • Mary Jo Manzanares says

      We work with our sponsors to cover these expenses. That means we work within a budget, trying to get the most out of every expenditure we make. We’re glad that we can do this, but it’s also why we expect a lot from our speakers in return. I think that approach gets us to a win-win-win situation for our sponsors, speakers, and most importantly our attendees. Hope to see you in Toronto.


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