Meeting Planners

“Engaging, motivating, joyous and uplifting are only a few of the many adjectives one could use to describe Vince as he invites you to walk with him on this journey called Remembering to Play. It has been over half a year since Vince gave his keynote address to our annual All Staff Gathering of 300+ and staff still smile and say “Yes AND…..!” when we do team-building or brainstorming events. I challenge you to reflect on how many keynote addresses have a shelf-life with staff like that!” ~ Theo Madeley, Director – Human Resources, Immigration Services Society of BC

I pride myself on being easy going and fun to work with. While I have my specific needs for presenting, I’m also sensitive to the needs of the conference and organization and will do my best to be flexible.

FEE: If you are interested in hiring me as a speaker, please call 778-990-0868 or email me at events@vincegowmon.com. I prefer discussing fees on the phone. My price depends on the nature of your event and organization. Things I take into consideration are:

  • whether your organization is corporate or non-profit
  • whether your event is regional, provincial/statewide, national or international
  • whether you are interested in a half, full or multi-day event
  • the length of travel involved in getting to and from the event
  • the number of participants

A 50% deposit and a signed program agreement will secure your date. The balance, as well as any travel expenses, will be invoiced after the event and due a month thereafter.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS & EXPENSES: I typically book my own travel arrangements from my home in Vancouver, Canada, but am happy to work with you / your travel agent if you prefer. Travel expenses are generally flight, food, accommodations, taxi/shuttle, parking and car rental (if necessary). I do my best to keep travel expenses down by booking economy class and choosing inexpensive eating options. I am flexible in how I get to my hotel and event location, whether that be car rental, cab, shuttle or pick-up. As stated above, travel expenses paid by me are invoiced after the event.

PLAYSHOP DURATION: Full day playshops tend to run anywhere between 8:30am to 4:30pm. The range of time for half day playshops tends to be from 8:30am to 12:30pm, and 12:30pm to 4:30pm. The exact start and end time is dependent on such things as the length of time it will take participants to travel to the venue, and when you want lunch to be (lunch is usually 30-60 minutes long).

Evening playshops usually start no earlier than 6:00pm and end no later than 10:00pm. Things to consider when choosing a start and end time for an evening event include how long it takes people to travel to the venue, what time people usually finish dinner, and if people have to get up early to go to work the next day.

EQUIPMENT: For all keynotes and some playshops I require a screen, projector, lapel or handheld wireless mic, and the ability to play music from my computer or phone. If I need access to the internet I will let you know (usually I don’t). For groups smaller than 30, I don’t need a mic.

ROOM SETUP: For keynotes, I am happy with the room being setup in the traditional round tables, theatre or fixed seating style. I do not use a podium, but love the stage! I also require two tables up front to put my materials on.

For playshops, which are more interactive, I require chairs set up in a horseshoe with no tables except for two up front to place my materials. For groups larger than 60 I suggest arranging the chairs in concentric horseshoes (for instance, two horseshoes of 30). Space is vital, so it is important that there is lots of room in the centre of the horseshoe (and ideally around it) as the participants will be using that space to mingle and do activities.

I’ve included four photos at the bottom that will help you get an idea of what I’m looking for re horseshoes/ concentric circles.

HANDOUTS: For playshops, I will email you handouts (in MS Word or PDF) for print approximately a week prior to the event. I request that they are placed in folders/duotangs (for instance the kind that has an open pocket on either side when opened) which act like portable tables for them to write on. I also require each participant to have a pen.

For keynotes, I do not give a copy of my keynote slides, however I am happy to summarize the content for you in a document if appropriate.

NAME-TAGS: For team events (with groups of around 75 or less) I need you to provide name tags not only for my benefit, but for the benefit of participants should they not know one another. Sticky name-tags are a cheap and easy option!

REGISTRATION: For organizations hosting public events, I suggest you tell people to arrive early for registration – 30-45 minutes prior to the event. It’s also worth emphasizing that the event will start right at (start time) and that you want everyone to arrive early.

INTRODUCTION: I am happy to have an introduction or to introduce myself, whichever you wish. Below is short introduction for you. If you are wondering how to pronounce my last name, think Cow-min except with a G!

Vince Gowmon, RTC, CPCC, BBA, is the founder of Remembering to Play Events and the author of Let the Fire Burn ~ Nurturing the Creative Spirit of Children, and Wild Empty Spaces ~ Poems for the Opening Heart. Since 2000 he has been leading keynotes, playshops and webinars for organizations, conferences and communities on topics such as Leadership, Communication, Creativity, Community Engagement and Play. His events are fun and interactive, leaving people inspired and with practical tools for work and life. He also offers somatic therapy and individual and team coaching in person, on the phone and via Skype.

Vince is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2354) and member of the Association of Cooperative Counsellors Therapists of Canada. He is deeply dedicated to assisting his clients’ healing journey. His approach is somatic (body-based) and trauma- and attachment-informed. He is also trained as a Certified Professional Life Coach through one of the world’s top accredited coaching programs, The Coaches Training Institute, and their Leadership Program. He has also received advanced training in Organization Relationship and Systems Coaching through the Centre for Right Relationship. He is also a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration focusing on Human Resources, Marketing and International Business. 

Vince has been featured in the media several times including BCTV, City TV, CKNW Radio and The Coaching Show. And he has given many hours volunteering at various organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society (Camp Goodtimes), North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Friends for Life (for people with life-threatening illnesses), and the Boys & Girls Club. 

HEADSHOTS & LOGO: Feel free to use one of the following headshots for your event, as well as Vince’s logo. Left click on the image to open it to full view, then right click and click Save Image As. Hover your cursor over an opened image and you can scroll through the images using the arrow on the right.