Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most frequently-asked questions we receive from our clients.
How much do speakers cost?
Speaker’s fees vary enormously. Fees from celebrities, TV and movie stars and musicians vary considerably whereas some business speakers command fees of £75,000 and upwards for an appearance whilst many others charge £10,000 or less. There are many factors which affect the fee that a speaker charges such as current commitments, the level of demand for their time as well as the complexity of their subject and, of course, their level of expertise.
For example, it is rare for a professional speaker to base their fee on the length of the keynote you ask them to deliver. When calculating their fees, they have to take into account the time it takes to prepare and to travel to and from your event. Of course, their status and level of expertise also play a factor in this: many celebrities, world-renowned authors and globally recognised thought leaders often charge more than their peers.
Factors that affect fees
How do I find out how much a speaker charges?
To make it easy for you to judge how much budget you will need, we display fee ranges throughout our website and on every speaker profile. Please note that these are an estimate only. The fee required will usually vary according to the type of event and the level of participation required and how far the speaker needs to travel.
Some speakers ask us to not display their fees and some will only quote a fee once you have made a formal enquiry. In these instances, we show the fee guideline as ‘On application’.
Our fee guidelines assume London as the event location. Please bear in mind that they will vary depending on where in the world you wish the speaker to travel to.
Do I have to pay extra for your services?
You do not pay for our speaker agency services. The speakers we represent pay us a commission for every booking we manage for them. We make the process easier for them and you are assured of always getting the best rates.
We also provide free advice and recommendations to help you find the right speaker and are proud of our reputation for fast response and attention to detail.
Our agency services
Pro bono requests
Do any of your speakers accept pro-bono requests?
In the majority of cases, no. There are speakers and celebrities who will consider such requests but we do not handle those requests and you will need to contact the speaker directly. Please note that we are not able to give out speaker contact details under any circumstances nor can we forward requests for pro-bono or expenses-only engagements.
What other costs are involved?
The only other costs you need to know about are the speaker’s expenses. These normally include travel, accommodation, meals and other incidentals. Normally, we will arrange flights on behalf of the speaker or they will organise these themselves. In many cases, you will be responsible for organising the speaker’s accommodation and ground transportation from the airport to the hotel and/or event venue.
Please also note that many speaker’s and celebrities prefer to travel business class or first class.
Any other costs?
Can’t find your speaker?
I cannot find a specific speaker on your roster. Can you still help?
Yes, as members of the IASB and founding members of the EASB, we can source and book virtually any speaker in the world.
The speakers displayed on our website are only a portion of the 4,000 speakers on our roster. If you are looking for a particular speaker and cannot find them, let us know. We will be able to secure them at the same fee as any other bureau.
Why should I use a speaker agent like Speakers Associates?
Hiring a speaker is not only a significant investment, it is also an important decision that needs to be handled carefully. Our agents understand audience needs and know many of the speakers and their material extremely well.
In short, we make the task of hiring the right speaker much easier, helping you avoid the pitfalls whilst achieving exactly what you want for your event. Our years of experience and the relationships we have formed can help you get the most value for your money.
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