Guest Speakers are people who are invited (or hired) to present a speech at an event.
Guest Speakers can entertain, provide support, share knowledge, and help commemorate themed events. They may also provide a special address at fundraising events, parties, and gala dinners.
A guest speaker is sometimes called a ‘Compere’ or a ‘MC’ and they may or may not be professional speakers.
Care facilities that adopt a tradition of engaging guest speakers (on a monthly basis for instance) enrich the lifestyle of residents. Whether the speaker is a hired professional or a generous local sharing their wisdom - bringing in outsiders with fresh ideas and perspectives can entertain, educate, and inspire residents in care facilities.
To inform on a particular topic or theme: Veterans’ Day, Computer Talk, Oral Health, Rights & Responsibilities, and Ethnic clubs.
Clowns, impersonators, comedians, cabaret, and performing arts (mime, theatre, ballet, magic, opera, and puppetry).
Nutritionist, Yoga/Tai Chi instructors, Wellness.
Guest speakers do not necessarily need to be formally hired (paid). Every community has people willing to donate their time and expertise to a good cause. Anyone with good communication skills, and a passion for the topic chosen can be invited for a presentation talk. Some of the best talks come from the heart and from personal experience. Willing and enthusiastic guest speakers may be sought in:
To find some topics of interest to your residents, bring the subject up at the next ‘Residents’ Meeting’.
On the other hand guest speakers can be hired online or through agencies. To find them online search for the subject you are interested in: domestic animals, beehives, worm farms, comedians, bagpipers, and others. You may also search for ‘Entertainers for Hire’ to find dancers, for instance: Indian classic, Burlesque, Latin, Salsa, Flamenco, and others.
Choose the ones who can do a little more than just the performance e.g. talk about the origin/history of their craft, what attracted them to it, and also offer props, and engage the audience.
There are various important details to consider when hiring a paid Guest Speaker, including:
Guest speakers add an important dimension to community relations. They give residents an opportunity to learn something new while providing lots of fun and entertainment.
Engaging guest speakers also provides the opportunity for amazing public relations for residential care facilities.