Create a Selection Committee
Choosing performers shouldn’t be the job of just one person. Having more people at the table will make for a more diverse and interesting group of artists.
Your selection committee
Your event will have the best outcome if you develop a selection committee or curation team – a group of people you admire and trust and with whom you can collaborate to select your speakers.
Choose your committee
Your selection committee might be your executive staff, or a different set of smart people you know; the decision is up to you.
The size of your group is also important. Too small, and your thinking may be too narrow – too large, and you may end up always choosing the most agreeable options, not the most interesting.
Create a process for making decisions
From the beginning, you should develop clear guidelines for how you will choose your theme and performers. The process you choose depends on the dynamics of your team. Here are a few possibilities:
Full democracy - Every speaker requires a reasonable consensus. (Again, this can be dangerous in large groups.)
Divided territory - Sections of the team are given full responsibility for different sessions or portions of the event. This can work well if you have a large group of people with a variety of different interests and specialties.
Absolute power - One member or a small group within the team takes full command of the speaker lineup and the rest of the team offers suggestions. While it seems dictatorial, it’s a great way to make sure your event has a clear editorial vision. Sometimes, the people in charge know best.