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Heroes of change

Discover valuable information and tips to help you prepare for your speech on the big day.

We are delighted to have you with us

Summary

As you might know, every year, we gather around five hundred speakers amongst the most inspiring and impactful in the world, and we are honored that you accepted our invitation this year to be part of the top international line-up. We are happy to share this guide with you, which contains all the information you need in order to prepare and make the most of the event

GETTING YOU PREPARED TO SPEAK

In order for you to feel comfortable quickly and become a master of the stage, you need to know what a session at ChangeNOW looks like. We tell you everything you need to know.

Get familiar with the format

Every ChangeNOW session has a duration of about 1 hour. This time is divided into three parts! Each part has a specific angle and format in order to tell a broader story. The 3 main formats we use at ChangeNOW are:

The keynote

with 1 speaker

The panel of solutions

with 2 to 3 speaker

The fireside chat

with one speaker

Average duration of a speaking slot is between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the format. The time is only given as an indication and can vary from one session to another. The ChangeNOW speaker’s team will tell you exactly how long your slot is.

Timing is key, we all know that

ChangeNOW is a 3-day almost non-stop event! Due to additional technical constraints related to the digital format, all the sessions should start and end as scheduled. Thus, it is of the utmost importance to respect the timing of the speaking slot.

Tell a story

This is the key tip we can share : people love stories. If you want to make a memorable impact, tell a story.
A story usually has a start (the situation) with a good fellow (you), a villain (the issue), and an ending (overcoming the issue).

Without diversity, it’s boring

We care about diversity. First, all our sessions have both male and female speakers. Gender equality is a strong value at ChangeNOW. For those sectors where one gender is more common, we take the time to go and look for speakers from the other gender that have relevant content to share. We aim at having 50% of female speakers at our Summit.

We promote speakers from all backgrounds and geographical origins and with unusual academic paths.

The audience

The usual audience at ChangeNOW includes entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, CEOs, companies, international organizations, city representatives and media, from all around the planet.
There are no questions directly from the audience to the speakers. However, there will be an ongoing chat during the session, via our digital platform. We Invite you to tell members of your team to join the chat and answer the questions from the audience.

11 TIPS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL SPEAKER AT CHANGENOW

Besides having strong oral skills, being fluent in English, engaging with the audience and having prior experience (especially for the keynote speakers), it would be great if you :

1. Have an action-oriented speech

2. Describe your concrete solution

 

3. Explain clearly what the positive impact of your solution is

 

4. Keep it positive. Mention the context of your actions and why we need to act on your specific topic, but we mainly want to hear you talk about the solutions and how to tackle the global issues we face

 

5. Share your story. We encourage speakers that will be interviewed with the fireside chat format to share their personal story and how it is relevant to the actions you are currently undertaking

 

6. Nobody’s perfect. Be honest and feel free to talk about your failures

 

7. Be concrete, talk numbers. Use figures / numbers if relevant and refer to reliable sources

 

8. Engage the audience as much as possible in order to help them feel more implicated as they will not have the opportunity to ask questions directly

 

9. Put people in a position where they can relate to what you say

 

10. Take a stand. Share your point of view of how the sector you are working in is evolving

 

11. For the panel of solutions, relax and try to create a natural and fluent conversation with the other speakers. You can contact the other speakers before the event

 

We have partnered with two public-speaking experts who can help you improve your impact on stage. They will offer discounted rates and you can contact them directly clicking on their name :

Visual support

The usual audience at ChangeNOW includes entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, CEOs, companies, international organizations, city representatives and media, from all around the planet.
There are no questions directly from the audience to the speakers. However, there will be an ongoing chat during the session, via our digital platform. We Invite you to tell members of your team to join the chat and answer the questions from the audience.

Tell us about you

We have created a unique (personal) URL with a form where you can fill in the information we need in order to prepare your participation. When you will access your form/URL you will see that we have started to fill in your information. Please complete the missing information or update it if needed. We use this same form/URL to provide you with valuable information such as your Speaker Banner. We will also use it to share the details of your session in the weeks closer to the event.

The moderator/MC

The moderator of the session will contact you to schedule a call prior to the event. You both need to discuss the content that you would like to share on stage and see how it fits with the topic of the session prepared by ChangeNOW.

MAKE SOME NOISE ABOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION

Let your network know that you are on stage, alongside other international heroes of change, to drive forward the discussion and actions around a sustainable world. The greater the number of people who know about it, the better.

Your personal banner

Your photo and bio will be used for our Speaker’s page and other communication channels. We use them as well to create your personal banner which you can download from your personal form/URL. We warmly invite you to use your banner to share your participation at ChangeNOW through your preferred social media.

As a ChangeNOW speaker you have access to

Discovery Pass

 

The Discovery Pass is a free pass which provides access to all the sessions. Don’t hesitate to share this information and let people around you know !

More tickets for your guests

 

We will automatically issue your ticket for the three days of the Summit with the email you inserted in your personal form/URL. As a speaker at ChangeNOW we will offer you 2 complementary tickets for your guests. We will send you the codes to use on our ticketing platform a few weeks before the Summit.

 

Customized content for your social media posts

 

If you need extra information about ChangeNOW to create your posts, you can find it here-after.
This will get you started!

A way to announce it

“I am delighted to be speaking at ChangeNOW 2021, the world’s largest gathering of solutions for the planet. Join me on May 27, 28 and 29, 2021 online, to act collectively on a large scale, and address the greatest challenges of our century. Climate change, resources, biodiversity, inclusion... these challenges must be faced now. Connect with investors, media, corporations, institutions and talent that can support your projects and be part of the change.”

GOING ON STAGE

Let your network know that you are on stage, alongside other international heroes of change, to drive forward the discussion and actions around a sustainable world. The greater the number of people who know about it, the better.

Be there early

You are expected to connect 30 minutes before the start of your session. You will meet with the other speakers and the moderator.

Speak in the recording studio in Paris

We will take you backstage to give you the necessary equipment 30 minutes before the start of your session. A lounge will be available for you at the recording studio.

Connect to your session

You will receive an email from us the day where you will be speaking in the morning with the link to use for connecting to your session.

Video recording consent

All the sessions will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel. If you are not ok with this, please let us know.

MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS

There are multiple options for you to network while you are at the Summit.

Networking meetings

Once we issue your ticket, you will receive an email “ChangeNOW: networking platform is open!”. There is a link in this email to create your profile on a website. You will then access the list of all of the participants. It will also allow you to ask or reply to networking meetings.

Pitch sessions

If you are looking for funds to scale your solution, you can apply to pitch your solution in front of a jury of investors and experts who will give you a feedback. If you would like to be part of the jury, please write directly to Julien with Marie- Amélie in copy.

World Expo

If you are looking for maximum visibility for your solution during the 3 days of the Summit, you can apply to exhibit at the World Expo.

Directory of solutions

We will prepare this directory to include all of the solutions and innovations from the entrepreneurs attending ChangeNOW. If you think you should be included, please contact Marie-Amélie.

Bookstore

We will feature the books from the speakers and moderators during the event through our digital platform. Please make sure to send us the official website of your book and all related information by filling in your form/URL. You may contact Marie-Amélie if you have any questions.

ChangeNOW Family

Take a look at our official program, there are probably other speakers that you would like to listen to and meet during the Summit.

Media requests

If you, or your PR, would like to schedule interviews, please send an email to changenow@looksharp.fr

Job fair

If you are looking to recruit, find the best profiles at ChangeNOW during the Impact Job Fair.

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

We are always available to help you organize your participation. However, given the size of the Summit, and hundreds of speakers expected, after Friday the 14th of May we will prioritize our emails and will answer first those with the subject starting with “URGENT”.

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