We’re committed to bringing you the best collection of relevant, practicing Great Game speakers and subject experts working across a variety of industries.

Being a speaker at The Gathering of Games is a great opportunity to not only identify yourself as a leader in open-book community and gain the accolades of multitudes of adoring fans, but also get a FREE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION! You know you want to be there anyway… why not get a free registration and a flashy “speaker” badge while you’re at it?!

But what can I talk about, you say? Here are some questions to get you thinking

Anyone wishing to speak at the Annual Gathering of Games must submit a speaker proposal (link above), which will be evaluated by the Practitioner Council. The deadline for proposals is March 8, 2017. You may submit a proposal for yourself or have a representative submit the proposal for you. The Practitioner Council will choose speakers and sessions based on the goals and objectives of the conference, as well as speaker qualifications.

Note that you don’t have to finish your submission in one sitting – using your email address and the registrantID issued when you begin your submission, you can log back in at a later time to finish it up. You can submit multiple submissions by finishing one, and then clicking the “Add Another Submission” button. NOTE – submission pages will time out with 60 minutes of inactivity, so please save often!

Complimentary Speaker Registration

If chosen as a speaker, you will receive one (1) complimentary registration to the 2017 Gathering of Games Conference, valued at $1075.

NOT included in this complimentary registration (i.e. speakers are responsible for):

  • special events such as networking receptions and pre-conference workshops
  • hotel accommodations
  • additional expenses (travel, transportation, parking, meals or materials)

The Great Game of Business, Inc is authorized and granted the right to audiotape, photograph or videotape speaker’s presentation(s). The Great Game of Business, Inc is authorized to reproduced and sell these materials as it sees fit.

Session Requirements

  • Sessions must be content driven and educational. Sessions that appear to pitch a product or service will be not be chosen.
  • If you are a service provider and feel your product or service is complimentary to principles and practices of The Great Game of Business, we recommend you co-present with a client.
  • Sessions that provide a tangible tool as a take-away for participants are preferred – consider what action the participants will be able to take after participating in your session.
  • Sessions presented or co-presented with actual Great Game of Business practitioners are preferred.
  • Sessions that provide hands-on learning opportunities or interaction (such as small group activities or Q&A time) generally receive higher marks.
  • Sessions that are innovative and applicable to a broad audience are preferred.

Speaker Proposals

Speaker Proposals will be reviewed by the Practitioner Council, who will evaluate the proposals based on topic applicability (interest to the general Gathering population), speaker experience/quality, session interactivity, and session takeaways. The Speaker Proposal form asks for the following information, which must be provided to complete and submit the proposal:

Presenter Information:

  • contact info (address, email, phone)
  • a high-resolution head shot
  • a short (100 words or less) biography
  • optional: additional background information that the Practitioner Council might find helpful

Session Information:

  • topic
  • target audience
  • a basic session description (you will have the opportunity to develop your session once you have been chosen as a speaker)
  • two session objectives (the top benefits participants will gain by attending your session)
  • two session take-aways (a checklist, a how-to, a reference website, a training bite, etc.)

As part of your Speaker Proposal, you must also provide authorization for GGOB to record the session and utilize the recording in any appropriate business context.

Speaker Requirements

If chosen to be a speaker, you will be required to:

  • Submit a short (50 words or less) and long (300 words or less) description (deadline: April 19, 2017).
  • Submit one (1) educational blog post tied to session topic, to help market the session (deadline: May 3, 2017). Blog post parameters provided in this link.
  • Develop an educational session that will fill the assigned time slot and include time for questions and answers.
  • Submit a PowerPoint presentation that adheres to Conference branding guidelines – template will be provided and must be utilized (deadline: August 4, 2017).
  • Attend a pre-conference speaker meeting at the conference site (September 6, 2017).
  • Be responsible for any session hand-outs. The Great Game of Business will not print handouts for attendees.


Participants chosen to be a panelist do NOT get the same benefits, nor have the same requirements, as a session speaker. You will be asked to do minimal preparation for the session, attend the Key Players meeting, and authorize GGOB to use the recording of the session, but do not have to write a blog, develop an entire session, or submit a Powerpoint presentation. To thank you for your participation, you will receive a complimentary admission to the Wednesday night networking reception (value $175).