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You can search for speakers in either (or both) of two ways:

  • by keyword (which can be a topic or expertise; a name or nickname; a slogan, trademark or tagline; or any descriptive term that you can think of); or
  • all speakers within a specified distance from any place you designate.

Search by Term

When searching by keyword, if you specify multiple search terms, they are ANDed together. That is, a search for "customer service" will show only those entries that have both "customer" and "service" in them (but not necessarily next to each other, or in that order — "... service the customer ..." counts).

For your convenience, searching is performed using the Porter stemming algorithm. (This means that a search for "speak", for example, will find not only the entries that contain the word "speak", but also all the entries that contain "speaker", "speaking", and "speaks". However, it will not find entries with the word "spoke"; for that, you need to use the OR operation.)

The special term "OR" indicates that terms are to be ORed instead of ANDed. For example, if you wish to find entries that have either "customer" or "service" in them, enter "customer OR service" as your search terms.

Search terms are case-independent. That is, "abc", "Abc", "abC", and "ABC" are treated equally. (However, the special term "OR", if used, must be capitalized.)

To avoid overloading the search engine, search terms must be at least 3 characters in length. Consequently, searching for "is" will yield no results, even though there are probably plenty of "is"s to be found.

Search by Location

To search for all the speakers near a location (your event, for example), simply specify both the country and postal code in the appropriate fields. Specify the distance you want to search (and whether the number is in miles or kilometers)

Note: your search may yield matches from other countries than the one you specified. The search is performed by distance only, without regard for borders.

You can search by both keyword and location by filling in all fields — only those speakers who match the term(s) and are located within the designated distance will be listed.

If you leave the term field blank, search will be by location only; if you leave the location fields blank (or if you enter an incorrect postal code), the search will be by keyword only. If you leave everything blank, you will get a listing of all speakers listed in Finders Speakers. (This might not be particularly useful.)

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