by Matt Alderton | August 08, 2014

Finding good speakers is one of meeting planners' biggest challenges. To make it easier for them to do so, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and eSpeakers has created the MPI Speaker Resource, they announced last week.

A free online directory, the new resource lists more than 8,000 speakers, presenters and subject matter experts around the world. Searchable by topic, fee, location and schedule, it includes speakers' real-time availability and verified reviews, and allows users to create custom shortlists or even post a job so interested speakers can come to them.

"The calendars and profiles in our system are updated by the speakers, presenters and subject matter experts themselves," said Joseph Heaps, vice president of sales and marketing for eSpeakers. "This adds a level of trust and confidence for event organizers when making the hiring decision."

Added Brad C. Shanklin, senior director of chapters and member services for MPI, "This platform will provide our chapters and members a new outlet for securing strong, proven speakers for not only their chapter events, but for their professional needs, too."

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