Speaking

Speak up! Share your expertise and successful initiatives with industry peers across the globe.

If you have a story to tell and feel others can benefit from your experiences, apply to speak at an upcoming program!

From educational events to monthly webinars, IHRSA has a number of speaking opportunities to help you share industry best practices to other health club owners, managers, and staff on all levels, both domestically and internationally.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines

  • Webinars: ongoing
  • IHRSA 2018: Deadline was on May 31, 2017. Submitted applications will be kept on file.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the objective of IHRSA education?

To provide attendees with the following:

  • Content that is forward-thinking, relevant, and actionable
  • Emerging trends, concepts, solutions, and best practices that may be immediately implemented
  • Knowledge to develop growth initiatives and become a catalyst for innovation

Who is eligible to present an education session?

Our members and event attendees are looking to hear from health club operators. Therefore, speakers should be operators from IHRSA member clubs. IHRSA will, however, consider proven experts operating from outside the club industry on a case-by-case basis.

I’m employed by an industry supplier...can I submit a speaker application?

IHRSA will not accept proposal submissions made by industry suppliers, however, we encourage you to consider sponsoring a Supplier Seminar, which offers a unique, tailored opportunity for industry suppliers to share information with event attendees. If you are interested in sponsoring a Supplier Seminar please email Lynne Devaney, Vice President of Sponsorship & Business Development.

What will I need to submit a speaker application?

  • Contact details including speaker name, job title, club/company affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  • Brief bio in paragraph format
  • Session title
  • Five learning objectives that will explain what you are looking to deliver to attendees
  • Past speaking experience

How many people may speak during a session?

Education sessions are limited to the maximum of two co-presenters. Panel discussions can accommodate up to three panelists plus a moderator.

What does IHRSA provide to each approved speaker?

For the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, each approved speaker is provided with a complimentary event registration as well as one night of accommodations at an official event hotel.

Will the session be recorded?

Most education sessions and panel discussions at the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show are audio and video recorded. These recordings are made available for sale through the IHRSA Store. Each presenter is provided a copy of the recording of their session.

Are handout materials permitted?

Speakers are encouraged to provide approved handout materials to attendees. IHRSA provides the means to do so via the IHRSA website and/or mobile app. Speakers may also distribute hard copies in the sessions at their own expense. Promotional and sales based literature may not be distributed at any time.

Can I promote a product or service during the session?

To maintain the program's credibility and attractiveness, sales are prohibited in the education sessions. More specifically, education sessions may not be used as a sales platform for any speaker’s company, products, or services. However, speakers may exchange business cards and other contact information to interested parties to connect with them upon request.

Can I sell books, DVDs, or other products in the education session?

Sales are not allowed in the session rooms. However, speakers may have their books sold in the onsite IHRSA Store. Once selected as a speaker, authors and/or publishers can contact IHRSA’s Store partner. DVDs, tapes and other products may also be sold at the discretion of IHRSA. All negotiations, agreements and obligations, including but not limited to logistics and refunds, are strictly between the speaker and the IHRSA Store partner. Speakers that have been selected will be provided with contact information.