I've never booked a speaker before. Where do I begin?
Through our years of experience and our extensive
knowledge of speakers, topics, and what works, we will be with you
every step of the way. First, we work closely with you to identify
your exact needs and bring your speaker and program needs into sharp
focus. Working hand-in-hand, we will help you find not only the right
speaker on any given subject…but the best speaker for the type of
program you are offering and your audience.
Speaker fees typically start at $5000. In most
cases all expenses are in addition to the fee. Additional expenses
can include 1st class airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation,
meals, and any out-of-pocket expenses. International travel and presentations
generally carry an incremental increase in cost. The range of our speakers is as low as $2500 to well-over $100,000. Speaker fees are determined based on a number of factors, including the type of group (corporate, non-profit, educational, religious-based, etc.), the time committment, required travel, and may change without notice. Prices listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. In some cases, the actual price quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee, please contact your representative.
In most instances, speakers pay speakers bureaus
a commission on their fee. This means you can enjoy free consulting
service, independent recommendations, a high level of event coordination,
plus many additional services at no additional cost to you.
What is the
difference between "exclusive" versus "non-exclusive"
representation of speakers?
Many bureaus with exclusive speaker agreements
are contracted to bring their small group of exclusively represented
speakers a certain number of engagements and income per year. A bureau
with exclusive speakers is usually going to promote/suggest one of
their exclusive speakers over any of the other thousands of speaker
choices - even if it means there might be a better speaker choice
outside their bureau.
All American Speakers Bureau is contacted weekly by speakers interested
in having us represent them exclusively. But we decline any exclusive
ties in order to provide unbiased speaker recommendations to our
clients. By nurturing equal relationships with all our speakers,
we are free to recommend the best choice for your particular event
Even though we have no exclusive speaker ties, All American Speakers
Bureau still has full access to any exclusive speaker that might
fit your event. We frequently partner with the exclusive agencies
to locate the best speaker for your event. These agencies give us
a commission from their speaker fees just like a non-exclusive speaker,
so there are still no extra fees to you. You will enjoy the same
access to exclusive speaker calendars, fee schedules, technical
requirements, special needs and other pertinent information to help
you plan your event in the most efficient manner possible.
We respect many of our speaker bureau peers who maintain exclusive
speaker relationships, but when it comes to client's customized
needs, we feel a non-exclusive bureau such as All American Speakers
Bureau can provide better, unbiased service without exclusive speaker
obligations and distractions.
What if a celebrity
speaker has an exclusive agent?
If that's the case, we co-broker the event with
that agent. In just about every case, this costs you nothing more.
Remember that we know who's who in the speaking industry and can save
you innumerable telephone calls you might have to make to track down
the exclusive agent for the speaker that you want.
Once I choose
a speaker, what's next? How does All American Speakers support me
once the choice has been made?
Once the speaker accepts the invitation, we issue
a contract. A 50% deposit will be required, with the balance due just
before the appearance, and speaker expenses billed afterward. At every
point of the way, we will continue to communicate with you about your
speaker's appearance, and work with you on any/all changes that
can arise. The key to our success and to your comfort when working
with us is our ability to anticipate and manage the wide range of
changes, challenges, and more, which can occur along the way. We will
communicate with you so that your speaker understands your company
and fully knows your specific program requirements. We handle every
aspect of the speaker's role and allow you to concentrate on planning
other details of your event
Generally, yes. Speakers set their own fees –
so there is no real rule-of-thumb. Some speakers will charge a base
fee for 1 hour talks, which increases for half and full days. Others
will charge the same whether it's an hour or all day seminar.
Many speakers do allow taping at no additional
charge. Some do not wish to be taped or charge an extra fee. It is
important to make your requests known in advance, prior to booking
the speaker. All American Speakers can then give you the correct information
and include it in the contract.
Can you help
me secure books written by a speaker?
We can guide you to the most cost-efficient source
for securing books authored by our speakers. To insure that you receive
the lowest possible price we put you in direct contact with publishers
and book providers, who can fulfill your order, typically at a discount.
What if my speaker
has to cancel because of an emergency?
All American Speakers can usually provide you with
a replacement speaker. With access to literally hundreds of great
speakers worldwide and a solid web of relationships with agents throughout
North America, All American Speakers will work hard to handle any
unforeseen complications or a last-minute cancellation