One of the key things that you need to pay a lot of attention to when organizing a grassroots summit is the issue of getting good speakers for the summit. The caliber of speakers you are able to get for a grassroots summit plays a key role in determining whether or not the summit ends up being a success. Thus, if you wish for your grassroots summit to be a worthwhile event, you need to ensure that you spare no effort in getting good speakers for it.
There are two broad categories of speakers that you can get for a grassroots summit. Firstly, you can have some of the attendees (the members of grassroots groups who attend the summit) deliver addresses. This is to say that you can simply get some speakers from the ranks of the summit’s attendees. These may be useful to the extent that they can give addresses touching on their personal experiences running grassroots organizations. Secondly, you can get some external resource people – for instance various types of experts – to give addresses at the grassroots summit. These can give addresses focusing on the technical aspects of running grassroots organizations. They can also give expert advice on the best ways to run the grassroots organizations.
Having selected the people you wish to speak at the grassroots summit, you need to ensure that they are well briefed. You need to give them a general plan on what you expect them to speak about, how long they will have to speak, what they should (and what they shouldn’t) touch on… and so on. You also need to ensure that you give them adequate time to prepare their addresses. And once they have prepared their addresses, you need to go through the said addresses with them: to see whether or not there are things that need to be ironed out. During the actual summits, you need to ensure that you introduce the selected speakers properly, and that you give them ample time to deliver their addresses to the summits’ attendees.