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The 2017 Online Call for Speakers for the 2017 MDRT Annual Meeting was July 1st. We are no longer accepting speaker applications.

Online submissions for the 2018 MDRT Annual meeting will open in April 2017.

MDRT thanks you in advance for your speaker submission. However, please know that due to the amount of names submitted, MDRT will be unable to provide any communication regarding the status of applications during the selection process. The Program Development Committee (PDC) will be in contact to give further instructions should a speaker be considered.

Applicants not contacted by the PDC by October 1, 2016, should assume they have not been selected to be speakers.

Please note that each year brings a new committee with a different vision and focus for the Annual Meeting. Speakers not chosen for a particular year's meeting often are selected to speak at a meeting in succeeding years.

About MDRT

What is the MDRT Annual Meeting?

Scroll down for information and details of the different speaking opportunities.

The Annual Meeting, MDRT’s signature event, is one of the leading business meetings in the financial services industry. Each year, about 8,000 members from more than 58 countries attend the Annual Meeting for motivation, inspiration, networking, idea sharing and knowledge to remain on the leading edge of their profession.

Attendee Demographics

• 57 percent from Asian countries
• 32 percent from North America
• 3 percent from Europe
• 2 percent from South America
• 2 percent from Middle Eastern countries
• 1 percent from Africa
• 1 percent from Oceania
• 1 percent from Central America
• 1 percent from Caribbean

General Selection Process

− Speaker selection for the MDRT Annual Meeting is member-driven. Speakers are selected by the Program Development Committee (PDC) for a limited number of openings.
− MDRT looks for speakers with messages that provide transferable ideas and strategies that can enhance attendees’ professional practice and impact their personal lives.
− MDRT seeks speakers who can engage the audience, not give a lecture.
− The goal is to achieve a balance between member and nonmember speakers. Industry education and technical topics are not considered for Main Platform.
− Political, religious and U.S.-centric speakers or topics are not considered appropriate for our Annual Meeting.


Members – MDRT does not pay an honorarium or speaking fee to members.

Nonmembers – A maximum of USD 1,000 is available for non-industry-related Focus Session speakers. A non-industry-related speaker is defined as someone who is not employed in the insurance and financial planning industry or whose primary customers/clients are not in the insurance and financial planning industry. Main Platform and Special Session speaker honorariums are negotiated on an individual basis.

What different kinds of speaker opportunities are offered?

There are four different types of speaker opportunities, and each serves to add to the overall success of the Annual Meeting. The PDC will make the final determination of where selected speakers fit best in the program. This may be different from the speaking opportunity originally applied for.

ConneXion Zone

− Practitioner information exchange and experiential learning sessions
− Informal sessions for sharing a single concept or idea
− Approximately 100 member speaking sessions available

Focus Sessions

− Industry, business education and technical sessions
− Presentation length 60 or 90 minutes
− Practical applications for professional and personal life
− Approximately 50 opening each year with a balance between member and Nonmember.

General Session (e.g. Main Platform)

− “Best of the Best” Format (no keynote)
− Presentation length is based on topic, and can range from 10 to 30 minutes
− 10-15 Nonmember openings each year

Special Sessions

− Interesting and unique content
− Presentation length typically 45-60 minutes
− Three to six Nonmember openings each year

*NOTE – Member speakers must be approved for 2017 membership and be registered for the Annual Meeting

Selection Criteria

Content of proposed presentation should:

− Be appropriate for MDRT’s global audience of entrepreneurs
− Have a message – everyone has a story. Not every story has a message.
− Provide take-away ideas members can implement immediately in their professional and/or personal life.

Delivery style should:

− Be learner-centered
− Engage the audience and not be a lecture

*NOTE – While not mandatory, a video sample contributes significantly to the selection process.

Main Platform and Special Session topics

Main Platform presentations provide a broad overview applicable to an international audience. Special Sessions provide practical application knowledge for personal and professional development. Topics include:

− Motivation/Inspiration
− Sales Strategies and Techniques
− Business strategies and best practices
− Whole Person (e.g. Health)
− Economics and Future Trends
− Leadership/coaching

Main Platform and Special Session selection timeline

August – September: First review of applications
September – November: Second review and evaluations of speakers moved forward from first review
October – November: Final speaker selection

Main Platform and Special Session speaker requirements

− Submit a draft of presentation content by February
− Attend production rehearsal in March (Main Platform only)

Focus Session topics

MDRT is in need of speakers who are bilingual, or who can present fluently in these languages:


Click here to view a list of the Focus Session topics and sub-topics.

Focus Session selection timeline

July: First meeting of the PDC to review applicants
August: Invitation to submit a presentation proposal is sent
Early September: Presentation Proposal deadline
Late September: Final speaker selection

Focus Session speaker requirements

− Selected speakers prepare a presentation document. The first draft is due by end of October and the final document by mid December.


ConneXion Zone topics

Spread out in multiple settings across the ConneXion Zone, presentations cover topics similar to Focus Sessions but also include unique client events, practice management tools and technology, case studies, marketing and branding ideas, single sales concepts, Whole Person practices and coaching.

ConneXion Zone timeline

July-September: Applications and recommendations reviewed
October: Invite to submit presentation proposal. Submission deadline is late October.
November: Speakers are selected

ConneXion Zone speaker requirements

− Current member
− No projected visuals allowed in speakers zones