Great care is employed in selecting guest speakers for your meeting or event, because the proper speaker or entertainer may make or break it. If you’re hiring a guest speaker, be sure to choose someone who is motivational and inspiring or a professional in your field or business. Choose a person who will allow you to reach the goals for the event.
Consider how a group will benefit from the ability and from the speaker you choose. Consider how your event will benefit from the entertainment value the speaker or entertainer provides.
The very best source for guest speaker referrals is from friends, colleagues and business associates. Still, you need to make sure to check their references. Do they have a reputation to be reliable? Are they professional? Do they can fit your business’s image? Will they be dressed appropriately or displaying or using offensive language or imagery?
Whatever your needs, be sure to have a realistic and well orchestrated budget. Remember that entertainment and speakers’fees are usually negotiable, so don’t hesitate to produce an offer. Choose wisely though. While one entertainer might charge you $4,000 and be worth twice that amount, another could charge $10,000 and be terribly disappointing.
Money Saving Methods for Hiring Guest Speakers
The following are some cash saving strategies you could employ:
-Hire local entertainers to save on transportation costs. With the recent hike in fuel prices, this can make a huge difference in your bottom line.
-If you have meetings in multiple cities or locations, perhaps your speaker will agree to multiple bookings at a “bulk” or reduced rate.
-Choose speakers who will also placed on workshops. You may also ask your speaker, celebrity, or entertainer, without being overly imposing, to attend other segments of your event or to be involved in other items at your event. While they would be free to decline this kind of request, consider the added value it would lend to your event if they accepted your invitation. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
-Negotiate a set rate for the speaker rather than fee plus expenses.
-Offer the speaker the chance to record Motivational and Guest Speakers in Australia their presentation and update their CD or DVD collection they sell themselves. This could save them thousands.
-Offer to buy books, CD’s or other products from your speaker or entertainer instead of an entertainment fee. Providing these to your guests through your event brings an added value to it as well.