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Should you Hire a Motivational Speaker through a Speakers Bureau?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

interKeynote motivational speakerCharged with planning a conference, one of the daunting tasks is hiring your opening and closing motivational speakers.

With the overwhelming number of keynote speakers available, meeting planners may consider using a speakers bureau or agent to hire a  speaker. The other option is to surf the internet and research the minefield of speakers on your own. See our blog, Steps to hire a motivational speaker.

This blog post is to help you uncover the pros and cons of working with a speakers bureau.

Speakers bureaus charge a commission of approximately 25- 30% for their services. This comes out of the speakers fee.

One of the greatest challenges of being a motivational speaker is you often work in isolation. We run our business the best we can given the resources, time, travel, etc. An outside partner like a speaker bureau can offer much needed feedback to help us stay on top of our game.

Speakers Bureaus work with hundreds of speakers and know about topics, content, relevance, who is easy to work with (and not), and what requirements speakers have.

Speakers Bureaus can help you negotiate the contract and make all of your speaker selections integrated.

Most industries are highly regulated, motivational speakers are not. Almost anyone with a message or desire to speak can decide to become a motivational speaker.

Speakers Bureaus will work many hours helping you find the right motivational speaker. They only get paid when the speaker gets paid. Bureaus want to build a long term relationship with you so they have a vested interest in securing the right speaker for your event.

Year after year, working with the same Speakers Bureau, you can streamline your motivational  speaker discovery and hiring process.

Bureaus make a commission on a speakers fee,  a good bureau will help you find the right speaker for the right fee, regardless of the commission they receive. The industry has changed a lot, a great bureau will partner with the client and the speaker to find the best fit for your event.

Speakers bureaus will know certain speakers are reliable in specific industries.

Bureaus can help speakers be prepared and ready for the audience.

Speaker Bureaus have their own process for booking speakers- this streamlines the process and  ensures all deadlines are met.


You can find more resources on planning a meeting and download our meeting planners success guide.

Now you have a choice, contact the speaker directly or go through the speakers bureau.


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