All American's approach to providing talent is unique. Over the years, we have turned down numerous opportunities to represent professional speakers and celebrities exclusively. We do not believe that bureaus can adequately and effectively represent both sides of a negotiation.
When dealing with traditional speakers bureaus, you can never be sure what conflicts of interest may exist or whether their loyalty is to the speaker or to you, the talent buyer. All American Speakers is a “buyers agent” and exclusively represents talent buyers.It is our policy not to represent any talent exclusively. Since we do not represent speakers like most bureaus, our sole focus is to help our client's find the best possible speaker or celebrity for the given situation, not the best speaker on our roster.
Our loyalty and commitment is to our clients and we will work tirelessly on their behalf to secure the celebrity talent of their choice and provide them with unbiased counsel without even the appearance of a conflict of interest. As one of the largest buyers of celebrity talent, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity regardless of whether they are listed on this website.
The wealth of AAS's consultants’ experience has been honed on the talent selling side so our understanding of how and why deals ultimately get done by large and small talent representation firms is significant.
With AAS's goal of being the corporations' voice, it is no wonder some of the most respected companies in hundreds of categories have utilized our services with success that provides them the motivation to come back project after project. Talent buying is a difficult business with the egos of agents and celebrities, what AAS has done is give the buyer a voice in this process.
All American Speakers was founded by former agents and managers who believed that there was a real need for a company which had expertise working with celebrity talent and experience negotiating with top celebrity agents to represent companies seeking to develop relationships with high profile speakers, athletes and celebrities. We did not want to create a typical speakers bureau. We wanted to use our experience and expertise working with celebrities and speakers and bring them together with the companies we represent, while structuring deals that were mutually beneficial to all parties. In addition to the insight we have in the industry, our relationships with other agents and managers, gives us access to a large number of celebrity talent, entertainers and personalities.
All American Speakers considers itself an All-Inclusive Bureau. Many bureaus with exclusive speakers are committed to bringing their small group of exclusively represented speakers a certain number of engagements per year. As a result, they may feel an obligation to push their exclusive speaker over another more qualified speaker whom you may be interested in. They may also be reluctant to suggest speakers who are exclusively represented by other bureaus, who often compete with each other for signing speakers.
An All-Inclusive Bureau will be able to be present you with the best possible speaker suggestions based on your requirements, regardless of whether they are exclusive with another bureau. We not only enjoy close relationships with the speakers worldwide, but also work cooperatively with bureaus with rosters of exclusive speakers. Rather than contacting diverse agencies to check speaker availability and fees, we provide a single, reliable, unbiased point of contact and service.
It is very difficult to find a place where you can be presented with all of your options. A bureau with exclusive speakers might try and "sell" you on one of their exclusives or may only present a limited number of speakers over any number of other qualified candidates. As an All-Inclusive Bureau featuring speakers, entertainers and celebrities, you can avoid the hassle of dealing with several different bureaus or talent agencies in order to satisfy all your programming requirements and be presented with the highest caliber of speakers and entertainers regardless of their affiliations.
Although our website strives to offer our clients the most comprehensive selection of potential talent, out of respect for bureaus with exclusive relationships, there are several speakers we work with and recommend who do not appear on this web site. In cases where you want to secure a speaker who is exclusively represented by another bureau, we believe it is even more important to utilize a “buyers agent” as your representative, as the bureaus loyalty remains with their exclusive speaker client.
Like in the real estate industry there is a set commission for every transaction. In cases where there is a “buyers agent” and a “sellers agent,” the commission is split evenly. If you were buying a house, you would not want to be represented by the same agent or company as the seller. You want to know that the agent representing you is your advocate and is going to fight tooth and nail for you to get the best deal. Above all, it will not cost you any more to have your own representative of your choosing to guide you through the process.
These agencies give us a commission from their speaker fees just like a non-exclusive speaker, so there are no extra fees to you. The benefit of this approach is that we can present to you a comprehensive and diverse list of the top speakers the industry has to offer, regardless of whether it is someone we can secure directly or co-broker with one of our agency partners.
Bureaus that represent exclusive speakers most likely only represent them for speaking engagements. Since we routinely secure talent for commercials, spokesperson roles, trade shows, print and broadcast advertising, licensing, book signings, grand openings, appearances, voice-overs, satellite media tours, cooking demonstrations, etc, we have long standing relationships with many talent agents, publicists, publishers and managers. If your interest lies in securing a speaker for a non-speaking event or spokesperson campaign, in most cases we have the ability to work directly with the talent and/or his representative. Our industry relationships, unparalleled celebrity database, combined with our expertise in negotiating talent contracts results in a win-win situation for our clients.
At all times you can be assured that we have no conflicts of interest and our primary goals are to objectively represent your interests, provide you with impartial counsel, identify your ideal talent and negotiate the most favorable terms on your behalf. We have no motivation other than to build long term relationships with our clients by providing excellent customer service, accessibility and to become your advocate and partner throughout the entire booking process.
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