April 11, 2022 by Brett Gallagher Establishing yourself as a subject matter expert and thought leader in your specific sector is crucial for long-term success. As a manufacturing professional, you’ve no doubt attended numerous conferences on any number of topics from manufacturing of composite materials to the latest industry trends and developments. The opportunity to network with peers, learn about new technical certifications and hear from the industry’s leaders is essential to keep pace in the rapidly evolving world of manufacturing. However, instead of simply attending these events, have you ever considered participating as a speaker? Keynote speeches, seminar presentations, and how-to talks are just some of the varied speaking opportunities available at SME events, and pursuing them can bring significant personal and professional rewards. Speakers do more than tout technical certifications Expert panel discussion at EASTEC 2021 Holding a technical certification personally is one thing; presenting your company or business as an industry sector thought leader can bring far greater value in terms of business development and potential new customers. While you will have the opportunity to enhance your individual credentials by establishing your experience, accomplishments and technical certifications in the industry, you’ll also have the opportunity to represent your company in front of a captive audience of decision makers – individuals who are looking for answers to manufacturing challenges your enterprise can solve. The benefits of one-on-one interaction with audience members is a prime opportunity for increased company visibility and relationship building. Speaking opportunities also traditionally bring a host of free corporate advertising in the form of mentions in event programs and brochure listings, trade publication exposure, news articles, press releases and other promotional materials. Speaking opportunities are a chance to give back Knowledge Bar at HOUSTEX 2021 Aside from establishing yourself and your company as subject matter experts and thought leaders in specific sectors such as manufacturing of composite materials, becoming an SME event speaker provides an opportunity to give back -- to reinvest your experience into the industry and share your knowledge with the next generation of manufacturing engineers. Your speaking opportunities are here Throughout the year, SME offers numerous events that focus on a variety of industry topics and emerging manufacturing technologies. Each program is your avenue to speaking opportunities that shine a light on you and your expertise, your company and it’s role in the industry, and how you can contribute to someone’s success. Don’t pass up your opportunity to engage, inform and grow. Click here to learn more about speaking opportunities at SME events.