Creating fulfilling relationships

Meeting Planners

I do my best to be collaborative and fun to work with. While I have my own specific needs for presenting, I am 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 604-442-8811.  I prefer to discuss fees on the phone. My price depends on the nature of your event and organization.  I take into consideration:

  • 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 I’m 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 with how I travel 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.

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

Evening workshops 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:  I typically use Keynote (Mac’s equivalent to Powerpoint), but I can use Powerpoint if necessary.  I require a screen, projector, lapel or handheld wireless mic, and the ability to play music from my computer or phone. As a second choice, I can play music from a CD-playing boom box (which I’d need from you) so long as the system is loud enough. If I need access to the internet, I will let you know.  For groups smaller than 40 I do not need a mic. For workshops I only needs a paper flip-chart stand and markers.

ROOM SETUP: For keynotes, Eric is happy with the room being setup in the traditional round tables, theatre or fixed seating style.  I do not use a podium but do appreciate being easily visible to all in the audience.  He also requires a small table up front for him to put his materials and water on.

For workshops, which are more interactive, I require chairs to be set up in a horseshoe with no tables except for one up front for my materials and water. For groups larger than 60 I suggest arranging the chairs in concentric horseshoes (for instance, two horseshoes of 30).

HANDOUTS: For workshops, I will email you handouts (in MS Word) 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 participants to write on. I also ask that each participant have a pen.

For keynotes, Vince does not give a copy of his Keynote slides, however he is happy to summarize the content for you in a MS Word document if appropriate.

NAME-TAGS: For team events (with groups of around 75 or less) please provide name tags, not only for my benefit, but for the benefit of participants, so they can easily remember each other’s names. 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 – 15-20 minutes prior to the event. It’s also worth emphasizing that the event will start at the advertised time and that you request everyone arrive early.

INTRODUCTION: I am happy to have an introduction and am also happy to introduce myself. Below is short introduction for you.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Eric Bowers is a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer with extensive training in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory.  Supporting people to create great relationships of all kinds through healing attachment trauma and transforming unhealthy relationships patterns is the heart of Eric’s work.   Eric is the author of the upcoming book In Relationship: An Introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, and Nonviolent Communication.   

In his workshops, retreats, courses, and speaking engagements, Eric combines Nonviolent Communication, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory to give a comprehensive understanding of the psychology and neurology of relationships as well as tools for building healthy relationships.  Eric offers public workshops and courses as well as workshops, presentations, and keynotes for organizations and conferences.  Prior to becoming a workshop facilitator and public speaker Eric was a white water river guide and white water kayaker as well as a student of music.  The outdoors, music, and creative expression continue to inspire and inform Eric’s personal and professional life.