From the outset The Speakers List has been created, set up and run by Michelle Bullivant. Michelle is a Landscape Archaeologist and Cambridgeshire Local Historian (amongst other things - see www.michellebullivant.com) but most importantly she is a speaker herself. She also has longstanding experience of running groups, being Chairperson for groups and being on many committees - all resulting in a good knowledge of having to book speakers herself and getting her own bookings as speaker in order. So you can see where the drive and background for setting up The Speakers List has come from!
Although Michelle currently manages The Speakers List by herself (from manually adding speakers to the site, creating and maintaining the website to advertising The Speakers List far and wide and developing the future of The Speakers List) she is supported in the form of ear bending, cups of tea and idea storming by her partner Andrew Selwyn-Crome. Andrew is also a speaker and great ideas man so has a valuable input into keeping The Speakers List fresh (see www.andrewselwyncrome.com).
If you want a sneaky peak at our talks just search Michelle Bullivant or Andrew Selwyn-Crome on the 'Speakers by Name' pages ;)
If you thought we had gone all quiet over the summer, please do accept our apologies. We are still here and working very, very hard for you all. We have a whopping amount of new basic listing speakers to list on the site, all waiting patiently to be listing and live on the site. We are now working overtime ( well, we say we, we mean Michelle is ;) to get everyone up and visible as quickly as possible. Andrew unfortunately had a massive heart attack followed by a full cardiac arrest just at the start of the summer holidays - it was totally out of the blue and he was well and truly 'gone' for 20 minutes - miraculously he survived, thank goodness we had just walked into A&E when it happened or he wouldn't be here now. He is recovering well and Michelle has had to be a full time nurse over the last 7 weeks. So understandably work and others things have been on hold for a little while but we are back on track as best is possible and focus is back on The Speakers List! Andrew is now joking that as his talks are on ghost hunting, he was simply doing some research! so he must be feeling better - he has his first talk, after all that has happened, this coming week for the Swavesey History Society where I am sure he will do well and include his latest adventure :)
So that's a little more about us. The plan is to keep growing The Speakers List UK (we will have to start employing a few extra people soon!) and plans already for various international speakers lists are underway! We want to keep the speakers list FREE for groups, clubs and societies to use and we also want to be able to continue to offer a FREE basic listing for all speakers :)
Of course we are running this as a business and have to make a living from it (bear in mind it takes a good deal of time to create each profile and list a speaker- and of course a good many cups of tea!) We rely on Speakers who wish to pay a little extra to upgrade their listing to include more details and pictures etc. and we also rely upon some advertising revenue from companies having banner adverts on some of the subject pages etc.
So that's where we are at right now - bursting to tell you more, as we have some exciting news to share with you about The Speakers List but we do have to wait just a little longer before revealing all on that front - so keep an eye out on our blog page/Twitter or Facebook page over the next month!!!!!
Thank you all for you wonderful support and brilliant encouragement and please do remember to let others know about The Speakers List!