Speakers gain celebrity status at conferences. Attendees enjoy conversing with the speakers for their knowledge and point of view. A consulting client shared with me a successful approach his firm uses to maximize the client development opportunities for their conference speakers. As soon as they are informed that they are a speaker they begin planning a well choreographed dinner! First they make a reservation for 8 to 12 people at one of the top restaurants at the conference city. Secondly, they invite a few close clients who love them and who they know will highly recommend their work. Then they invite another speaker or two whose topics are popular in the market but whose work does not compete with theirs. Next, they invite some non-competing prospects who can be considered peers to their clients, appreciating that clients love to exchange war stories with their peers. And lastly, they make sure that the number of people from their office is not overwhelming to the rest of the group, four people maximum. You can imagine with this make up for dinner that all attendees have a great time - – - especially their prospects who are now impressed. Perfect!