Frequently asked questions about setting
up an educator program
1. How long do your programs last?
Educator programs usually last a full day. Often they are arranged to
match the normal contract day for teachers. There are breaks in the morning
and afternoon. It is preferred that participants not go out for lunch.
If the district provides luncheon site, people are there and ready to
go when we reconvene for the afternoon session. The Spirit Whisperer keynote
usually last for 60-90 minutes. Often it is followed by one of the other
2. How far in advance do we need to book you?
The sooner the better. If you have a specific date that can not be altered,
a year in advance is recommended. Otherwise, you run the risk of another
client booking your date. If your date is flexible, less lead time is
needed. Still, Chick books on a first come, first served basis, so call
as soon as you know your date and he will hold it in pencil for you while
you are deciding. Recently, he was called by a Church group whose speaker
cancelled at the last minute. The event was scheduled for the following
week. Chick had the date open and was able to fill the slot left by the
cancellation. So you never know. Call to be sure.
3. Can we cancel in case of bad weather?
If cancellation occurs because of strikes, labor disputes, job actions,
school or office closings, storm, airport strikes, or other "acts of God,"
the cancellation fee will be waived if the contracting group reschedules
the presentation to occur within 90 days of the original date. If the
date cannot be rescheduled within 90 days or if the cancellation is not
for an "act of God," the following cancellation fee with be paid.
- 30 days prior to the date... 33% of the honorarium is to be paid.
- 10 days or less prior to the cancellation date, 50% of the honorarium
is to be paid.
4. How many participants can you accommodate?
Chick has addressed groups ranging in size from 5 to 3000. He can address
whatever size group you can generate considering the limitations of the
room and sound system.
5. How do you handle expenses?
Travel expenses and charges will be calculated and billed to the organization
at the conclusion of Chick's return from the seminar. Travel expenses
will include: mileage, airfare, meals, parking, car rentals, cab fares,
6.Can we invite another group to join.
Yes. You may invite another school staff, organization or guests to attend.
7. Do you need any special audio visual equipment?
A good quality microphone system will enhance the effectiveness of your
program. Audio visual needs vary depending on the program. Chick will
send you a list of A.V. needs well in advance. The most he would need
would be an overhead projector and screen or power point equipment.
8. What about room arrangement?
Chick's preference is to have a flat, level floor with movable chairs.
A media center works better than an auditorium. No lunchroom tables, please!
Chairs facing the front, with an aisle down the middle, is preferred as
Chick likes to move around the room as he works the audience. Chick will
present in your auditorium if necessary. If so, please block off the back
rows with masking tape, rope, or signs so that the number of seats matches
the expected size of the group. THIS IS CRITICAL. More attention, energy,
interaction, response, and retention occur with a compact group.
9. Can we have a parent program the same day?
Yes. In fact, Chick will stay and do a parent program FREE when you book
him for a full day seminar. That's right. He will do the parent program
at no additional charge.