One of the major challenges that organizers of symposiums face is that of attracting good speakers to the events. This is important, especially keeping in mind the fact that one of the key parameters through which the success of symposiums is measured is that of the ‘caliber of speakers’ in the event. Therefore, a symposium that is able to attract good speakers is deemed to have been a success. The challenge is in how to actually attract the good speakers.
In my experience, it is usually easier to attract good speakers to a symposium if you offer reasonably good speaking fees. Just because the speakers are ‘passionate’ about their respective fields doesn’t mean that they don’t care about the money. Let’s just say that money is a very strong motivator. With the right price, you can even get ex-presidents to speak at your symposium. That’s just the way it is.
Further, in my experience, it also usually easier to attract good speakers to a symposium if proper planning is done, and the event is subsequently held on a ‘convenient’ day of the week. It helps a great deal too, if the symposium is held at a ‘convenient’ venue.
Finally, in my experience over the years, it is usually easier to attract good speakers to a symposium if theme of the event is one that is attractive. Therefore a lot of thought needs to be paid to the task of coming up with a theme for a symposium. The symposium theme is akin to the cover of a book: and as we are all aware, many people judge books by their covers.