This is my first time hiring a speaker. How do I start?
Calling us is a great place to start! Give us as much information as you have. What do you want the speaker to address? Is there a theme for the event? What is going on within the organization the speaker should know about? Is this an annual event? How many people will be attending? How many days is the event? Are there other speakers on the program? And most importantly, what do you want your people to say about the speaker (and the whole event) when it’s over? Any info you can supply is helpful!
How long in advance do I need to book a speaker?
If you’re looking for a specific speaker it’s best to book as soon as possible. Dates on a speaker’s calendar are their inventory, and if the date is gone it’s gone. You can always place a courtesy hold on the date.
What is a courtesy hold?
Putting a hold on a speaker’s calendar for your date gives you the first right of refusal for that date. If another client wants the same date you will have 24 hours to either confirm the speaker or release the date. Most speakers (though not all) will honour this system.
My speaker budget is very low. Are there any speakers with fees under $5,000?
Fees vary greatly. Most do start in the $5,000 range and go up from there. Don’t hesitate to ask though, as there are always terrific new speakers who are starting out at much lower fees. And we can talk about the many options to help stretch your budget.
Are expenses included in the speaker’s fee?
Some speakers do include expenses in their fee. Some speakers offer a flat-fee for airfare, and invoice for incidental (parking, meals) after the even takes place. Some speakers have a flat-fee for all travel expenses. We’ll let you know up front what to expect for each speaker you are interested in.