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SpeakerSquareNew Speakers Club for Researchers Launched in Toronto, London, and Chennai

Toronto, May 6, 2016
A new forum to grow the speaker talent in the marketing research industry has launched in Toronto, London, and Chennai. The New Research Speakers Club, founded by Annie Pettit, PhD, will give researchers, statisticians, data scientists, data visualization experts, and other people from related professions a forum to develop their speaking skills in order to meet the growing demand for fresh and skilled speakers in the industry. This club is aimed at helping those who have limited speaking experience, and those who have never spoken at a major conference before.

Annie Pettit, the Founder and Chair of the Toronto chapter, said, “Our industry has many great speakers but few places for people who are starting out to practice their speaking skills before getting onto a bigger stage. This club is a warm and friendly place for researchers to learn from each other and develop their speaking skills without the fear of a formal venue.”

The London, UK chapter is chaired by Betty Adamou, Founder of Research Through Gaming and sought after speaker at major research and gaming conferences around the world. The Chennai, India chapter is chaired by Pravin Shekar, President of KREA and a thoroughly engaging speaker who has led various industry committees for groups such as ESOMAR and MRSI.

Chapters meet regularly for about one hour every two to three months, and offer attendees the opportunity to speak about a research topic of their choice. The zero pressure format will allow attendees to be listeners or speakers, as well as give speakers the opportunity to practice upcoming presentations or simply talk about a research topic that interests them in front of a group of like-minded individuals. Annie, Pravin and Betty will provide public or private constructive feedback to those who opt to receive it.

The inaugural meeting will be held on June 23rd, at 6pm, local time at all three chapters. More information about the club can be found on the website, http://NewRST.wordpress.com.

About Annie Pettit
Annie Pettit, PhD is a regular speaker at marketing research conferences around the world and has published numerous refereed and industry articles. She won the MRIA Award of Outstanding Merit in 2014, Best Methodological Paper at ESOMAR in 2013, and the 2011 AMA David K. Hardin Award. Annie blogs at LoveStats and tweets at @LoveStats. She can be reached at annie@peanutlabs.com.

 About Betty Adamou
Betty Adamou is the CEO & Founder of Research Through Gaming where she designs games for research, for brands.  As a multiple-award winning researcher having invented ‘ResearchGames’ as a new methodology, she is a frequently invited conference speaker, guest University lecturer and keynote. Betty tweets at @BettyAdamou and be reached at betty.adamou@researchthroughgaming.com

 About Pravin Shekar
Pravin Shekar heads krea, an India-centric panel research firm and The Social Catalyst, a non-profit trust aimed at professionalizing the work of NGOs. Pravin has been selected as an “Emerging Global leader in marketing research” by the AMA, and is an ESOMAR Council member. He is spearheading the movement for making market research a career of choice for students. Pravin tweets at @PravinShekar.