I HAVE NEVER BOOKED A SPEAKER BEFORE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Is this your first time planning a corporate conference or an event? Is this the first time you are involved in finding or booking the speaker?
Call us or contact Speakers Bureau Canada! Our experienced talent agents and event coordinators can work with you to understand your requirements and what you hope you hope for the audience to achieve through the speaker’s session. It is an exciting time to plan an event however it can come with a lot of pressure without a strategic partnership to support you and the organizing team throughout each stage of your research and planning the event.
We love to hear from each organizer to understand the purpose of the event and provide speakers that will meet the session requirements. We are passionate about connecting you with Canada’s leading talent and expert motivational keynote speakers so that you are prepared for each meeting with your team so that you can review a list of speaker recommendations that are the perfect speaker for the event.
WHAT TYPES OF SPEAKERS SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
It all depends on the session format (keynote, workshop, training, event host, emcee) for the guest speaker that will resonate best with the conference program or event agenda. After dinner speakers deliver different presentations than an opening keynote speaker. Workshop speakers and training facilitators are better suited for smaller groups.
We help you search, find, and connect with Canada’s top engaging motivational speakers and leading experts in their fields. We also keep up with industry trends, trending topics and speakers to give you new ideas for the themes you identify for the presentation.
Through our guidance, high level of service, unique keynote speakers, talented virtual speakers and speaking industry expertise, Speakers Canada is the major resource for event organizing teams to search, find and most importantly, help you select the speaker who creates a life-changing and memorable experience for the audience to educate and motivate participants to best achieve the results and objectives set out by your organization.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO FIND THE RIGHT SPEAKER FOR AN EVENT OR CONFERENCE?
While there are many ways to search and find a speaker for an event it can come with calculated risks, high pressure, and unique challenges to trust that the speaker will be able to meet the needs and expectations of the audience and organization. Videos offer a glimpse into the presentation ability of a speaker but will often not give a full understanding of their ability to present on a specific topic and their ability to tailor the content for each audience. Personal references from corporate partners, employees and trusted organizations are by far the best way to ensure the speaker will be able to motivate the audience and have a professional approach to speaking at each conference or event.
MAY I BOOK SPEAKERS THROUGH MORE THAN ONE SPEAKERS BUREAU?
You are free to work with as many speakers’ bureaus as you wish. Sometimes using multiple bureaus can lead to confusion and wasted time. However, working with one bureau will save you more time and money over a long-term period. We work with other reputable bureaus to get you the right speakers. When we get to know your needs better, we are in a better position to provide you with flawless customer service and to precisely recommend the right speakers for your organization’s events.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE SPEAKER I SELECT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WITH MY AUDIENCE?
Working with speakers that are on a speaker bureau is the best way to guarantee the success of the event. Speakers on speaker bureau’s have the experience, professionalism, credibility, professional background, and expert knowledge and are committed to being professional speakers. They work hard with each organization to align the content of the presentation; have a wide variety of recently researched and updated content they can pull from and have the most experience in presenting to different audiences at events in Canada. Working with a Canadian Speaker Bureau motivational speaker gives organizing teams the trust required to plan and hold an event while giving them confidence that their people will walk away from the session with a new mindset that is motivated and inspired to make a change in their behaviour.
Speakers Canada’s motivational speaker bureau talent has been carefully screened and selected to be on our list of speakers for organizations. Our trusted event coordinators and speaker agents work closely with you and act as an extended team member to partner with in planning the event. We meet and maintain professional speaking industry standards, guide organizers to point them in the right direction by offering qualified experts and keynote speakers for virtual and corporate events. We ensure a smooth process at each stage of your research and decision.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR A SPEAKER AND HOW MUCH TO MOTIVAITONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS COST?
We represent speakers that are flexible in their fees, but typically charge between $2,500 to $20,000. The average speaker in our roster is around the $5,000 to $10,000 range, however our carefully selection of speakers can serve smaller local events under $5,000 and large conferences up to $100,000. Speakers Bureau of Canada’ and our expert motivational speakers care about each organization and the opportunity to impact others through their presentations. We don’t just showcase the big names with the highest fees, we find the unique talent within Canada at different price points that add value with each audience at each event.
DOES THE SPEAKER FEE VARY DEPENDING ON THE HOST ORGANIZATION BOOKING THE SPEAKER, PRESENTATION FORMAT, TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT OR LENGTH OF THE PRESENTATION?
Most of our motivational speakers are dynamic in their ability to present keynotes, half day workshops or full day training programs. A keynote speaker fee will often be different than a half day workshop or full day training session. Some of our speakers will charge the same for a half day presentation as they do for a keynote presentation. Smaller group sizes will usually have the speaker to be more flexible with their fees and each speaker has their own approach to offering discounted rates for different types of organizations. The best things to do is to contact us to tell us more about your event, the speakers you are interested in, the audience, the topic themes, and the organization you work for. Once we learn this information, we can then tell you more about the speaker, their fees and the costs associated for the event for each speaker.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A LARGE BUDGET FOR A SMALL GROUP OR THIS IS A NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISER OR EVENT?
No matter what type of event or the budget you have for the speaker, Speakers Canada is here to help match you with the speaker that will best suit your needs for the right audience at each event. Our strategy is to be a strong support for organization, and we know that we will not always have the right speaker for each event.
We always assist each organization in each request by pointing them in the right direction, no matter what the situation, budget, speaker or challenge they have to find a speaker. We are motivated to find the right speaker within budget, and our talented speaker agents work to understand the unique requirements of the organization and the budget they are working with before advancing options. We also offer event planners strategic advice in increasing the budget in the event planning section on our website.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER HIDDEN COSTS OR EXTRA CHARGES INVOLVED WHEN I BOOK A KEYNOTE SPEAKER OF A VIRTUAL SPEAKER?
If you are planning for an in-person event and the speaker is to make a live appearance, travel and related expenses are not included from the speaker fee. Organizations can sometimes pull from their organizations travel budget to accommodate the costs, however it is important to note that unless it is a local event, the host organization is responsible to pay for the associated travel expenses.
Audio/Visual requirements are another cost that is not included in the fee however it is important to learn the A/V needs of the speaker early on, as most organizations or venues will already have the technical requirements for the speaker. Unless you are tax exempt, GST & HST is also another added cost to the speaker fee. Virtual events and in person events have different tax qualifications in each province, however Speakers Canada manages this process to clarify and adhere to each organizations tax provisions in each province. SBC is also PST exempt in PST provinces for in person and virtual events.