Can you help me find a local speaker?
Of course! But a better question might be, "Can you help me find a speaker who's in the area
so I can save on travel expenses?" Either way, the answer is a resounding "Yes!!" But
a local speaker doesn't need to live nearby. Many speakers are travelling the world, on the road
all the time. Perhaps you can piggyback on another booking the speaker has in your area.
You get the speaker the day before or after the other scheduled event, and expenses are
being covered by someone else! We'll help you find those too! The ideal way to find a
speaker is to find the speaker you want, and book them when they are already in your
area on someone else's dime.
How many speakers do you reach?
SpeakerMatch is the largest speakers bureau in the world, with access to THOUSANDS of speakers.
Unlike traditional speaker bureaus, we're not committed to a specific roster of only
professional speakers and/or celebrities. Not every event requires a professional motivational
or Inspirational speaker, but almost every event uses the services of experts who speak.
In addition to professional and emerging professional speakers, this service reaches
business leaders, technical gurus, educators, seasoned public speakers, and other subject-matter
experts who want to communicate what they know. Many of them speak for free or for expenses
How do you reach so many speakers?
We have access to the same databases of professional speakers and celebrities as any other
bureau, but we also have SO MUCH MORE! Once a speaking opportunity is posted, we circulate
the lead to SpeakerMatch members first unless you have a specific request for a specific
speaker. If one of our members isn't a perfect match, we'll circulate your opportunity
to an even wider audience of emerging speakers, authors, business leaders, technical
gurus, educators, seasoned public speakers, technical specialists, medical professionals,
and other subject-matter experts to help you find what you're looking for.
How much does it cost to find a speaker?
We don't charge a fee for finding a speaker. If you find a match, you negotiate speaking
fees and expenses directly with any speakers you choose.
With that said, we can give you some pretty good guidelines:
- Although some speakers will speak for free, understand they are spending time preparing
their talk for you and traveling to your event, even if it's only a few miles
away. Many speakers have books, products or services to offer. If you don't pay
a speaking fee or buy materials up front, at least provide a table for the speaker
at the back of the room and allow for at least a minor "pitch".
- For any event, it might help to think of a speaker as entertainment. A good rule
of thumb is to budget the cost for a speaker (including expenses) at $10-25 per
attendee. The smaller your event, the more you should budget per attendee. This
range can vary significantly for seasoned professional speakers, celebrities,
and in-demand personalities. Only the top 1% or so of speakers make more than
$10,000 for an hour speech.
- We recommend finding at least $300 for each hour of a speaker time if at all possible. Maybe
charge attendees, get a sponsor, or ask for donations? Note that some speakers already have sponsors that will foot the bill or help to defray your costs.
Are speakers' posted rates negotiable?
Speaker fees are almost always negotiable. You can sweeten your offer with perks like these:
- Videography services (for the speaker's demo reel)
- Booking multiple events at the same time
- Media exposure (press releases, articles, radio, and tv appearances)
- Buying products and services from the speaker (books, courseware, consulting time)
- Products or services from your organization
- Sponsorship opportunities
- Booking workshops or training with the speaker
- Donations to a speaker's favorite charity
- Travel perks (airfare for spouse, additional hotel days, spa treatments)
How do I let speakers know about my opportunity?
The easiest way to spread the word and get bids on your opportunity is to
post a job using the button below. After one of our staff reviews your post (we may
contact you for more information), we'll spread the word through our network. You'll
begin getting bids often within minutes. You can review all responses and contact speakers
in your online Member Center. You can also select individual speakers by browsing our
directory, and use the option to send a direct request to those you're interested in.
Will I get lots of phone calls and emails from speakers if I post a job?
Not if you don't want that. By default, your contact information is hidden from speakers
and all contact is through our online system. You'll get notified by us when you have
something to look at in your online inbox (we'll try to keep it to no more than 1 email
How fast can you help me find an available speaker?
You can find a perfect match often within minutes of posting your job. Because all of our
speakers have access to our complete database of speaking leads, they can decide which
engagements are appropriate for them to submit their materials. Because we're not matching
speakers and meeting planners manually, like a traditional speakers bureau, it's more
likely that you'll find an appropriate speaker for your event quickly. Only qualified
speakers for your posted topic and who are available at the time, date, and location