1. Q: I noticed an accent....
  2. Q: What does Urs stand for?
  3. Q: Is Peter bilingual?
  4. Q: I notice you are a CSP. What does that stand for?
  5. Q: What are the topics Peter presents?
  6. Q: How long can Peter Present?
  7. Q: Can Peter adjust his time at the last minute?
  8. Q: Can Peter use Power Point?
  9. Q: When is the best time for Peter's presentations?
  10. Q: How long has Peter been presenting?
  11. Q: Will Peter meet my client before his presentation?
  12. Q: What is Peter's educational background?
  13. Q: What is the best audience for Peter?
  14. Q: Does Peter work with bureaus?
  15. Q: How does Peter get his business?
  16. Q: What does Peter require to speak?
  17. Q: Does Peter supply promotional material?
  18. Q: Does Peter have articles for my magazine?
  19. Q: What is Peter's fee?
  20. Q: Could I see a sample contract?
 
Q:   I noticed an accent....
A:   Yes, it's a Swiss accent. Henry Kissinger, Jean Chretien, and Dr. Deepak Chopra have an accent, too. It helps the audience listen better, harder, and to absorb more of the ideas that are being presented. It also makes the presentation more entertaining. Peter also does a lot of international work where English is not the audience's mother tongue, and to French-speaking groups in Quebec. Because English is not his mother tongue he uses a simple vocabulary, but also uses body language and vocal fluctuation so his audience is never bored.
 
Q:   What does Urs stand for?
A:   It's from a Latin root and means "Bear". His Swiss mother, from birth, called him "Urs", and he kept that name until he was 23 years old and moved to Canada. Then he decided to become more "North American" and changed it to Peter. (His 85-year-old mother still calls him Urs.)
 
Q:   Is Peter bilingual?
A:   No, he's trilingual. He presents in three languages: English, German, and Swiss-German (if you can call that a language). However, in all of them he has an accent. He's lived so long in North America that when he presents in Europe he speaks German with a North American accent! He's a foreigner everywhere!
 
Q:   I notice you are a CSP. What does that stand for?
A:   The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association (NSA), is now the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform skill. Less than 7% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. CSP is the international standard these associations agree represents competence in the speaking profession. For more information click here.
 
Q:   What are the topics Peter presents?
A:   He speaks on the topics his books discuss (Leadership, Marketing, Presentation, and Communication). But each of his presentations is tailored to the clients he's addressing. Each one is different, depending on the circumstances. It's a good idea to read some of his books. You may be surprised to find there's no accent in them.
 
Q:   How long can Peter Present?
A:   He has material that will enable him to present from 45 minutes to three days. It depends on the type of sessions he has been hired to do. Keynotes, in general, are 45 to 75 minutes, but can run as long as 90 minutes or a half-day. Interactive workshops, in general, are two to five hours or longer.

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Can Peter adjust his time at the last minute?
A:   Yes. He is well known for bringing conferences which were running behind schedule back on time without diluting the impact of his message. Remember, he is Swiss and has a hidden watch in his brain! Because of his large repertoire, Peter has several times filled another spot, on another topic, when a scheduled speaker cancelled because of illness or transportation problems.
 
Q   Can Peter use Power Point?
A:   All his presentations, from keynotes to workshops are available on Power Point. If you would like the presentation done that way, Peter is glad to do it. However, he discovered years ago that with the right lighting and a good voice it is easier to hold the attention of an audience with body language, pausing, and voice variation than it is with Power Point.
 
Q:   When is the best time for Peter's presentations?
A:   Peter is a perfect fit to open your conference. He will help your audience to be more open to the ideas of upcoming presenters. As a luncheon speaker he will enlighten and entertain your audience-give them a mental break-so they can go back to receive more hard-core information. However, he has also closed conferences for many clients, presenting his own message and summing up the essence of the event. Delegates go home and tell others about a positive conference experience.
 
Q:   How long has Peter been presenting?
A:   For more than two decades and he often gets the same conferences again. His envious competitors claim he is hired because the audience didn't understand his Swiss accent the first time around…
 
Q:   Will Peter meet my client before his presentation?
A:   Yes, absolutely. However, if travel distances are too great, he will interview your client by phone to get the important information he needs to gear his presentation to your audience's needs. Conference calls or even videoconferences can serve that purpose. Peter also likes to arrive the night before any event so he can discuss with planners and decision-makers last minute changes to the program.
 
Q:   What is Peter's educational background?
A:   Peter studied accounting in Switzerland, and taught four business courses part-time for 14 years at Ryerson University in Toronto. He was a sales manager for a North American software company selling insurance-accounting packages in excess of $US 500,000, throughout Canada and the Caribbean.
 
Q:   What is the best audience for Peter?
A:   Over two decades, Peter has addressed virtually every audience imaginable. His message suits anyone that is willing to grow and appreciate new ideas on the topics he addresses-Leadership, Marketing, Presentation, and Communication. After presenting in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America to totally different audiences, he knows how to adapt the delivery of his presentations to the needs of the audience.

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Does Peter work with bureaus?
A:   Yes. In Canada most bureaus are well aware of him. In Europe, Walter Schmid is his agent but can be booked direct as well. Applicable commissions are always paid to the bureaus. Peter also has bureau-friendly material, including a website for bureaus only at www.peterursbender.com/bureau/index.html.
 
Q:   How does Peter get his business?
A:   Mainly from referrals, books, television and other media appearances. On incoming calls, the first question we always ask is: "Where did you hear of Peter? How did you get to us?" If the client mentions a bureau, we get in contact with that bureau right away.
 
Q:   What does Peter require to speak?
A:   A raised floor, hand-held microphone with a long cable or with a fresh battery, lots of light…and your audience.
 
Q:   Does Peter supply promotional material?
A:   Yes. We are happy to supply posters, postcards, banners, articles, interviews-or whatever you require. We have discovered the more the meeting planner markets Peter's session, the bigger the impact on the audience.
 
Q:   Does Peter have articles for my magazine?
A:   We have many standard articles that you can find on Peter's website. We are also happy to write articles for you to increase the excitement of your event.
 
Q:   What is Peter's fee?
A:   We have a standard fee schedule. It is available here.
 
Q:   Could I see a sample contract?
A:   A simple invoice is our contract. All we require is a deposit to reserve your date.
 


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