DOES THE SPEAKERS BUREAU OF CANADA CHARGE FOR THEIR SERVICES?
There are no extra costs to organizations when working with Speakers Bureau Canada – Our services are complementary when booking a speaker through a speakers bureau. Our speakers charge the same to clients whether they are booked directly or with another agency. Our speakers are happy to offer us a small commission for our services as we include them when marketing credible and reputable speakers for event opportunities with our clients. We showcase our bureau talent to different organizations and create a list of credible and popular speakers on topics that shift the direction of each organization and their people. We handle the contract, negotiations, and all logistics on behalf of the speaker leading up to the conference or event. With speakers often managing busy schedules, they trust us to communicate, manage and secure them at different events.
HOW MUCH IS THE AVERAGE COST TO HIRE A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER FOR MY EVENT THROUGH SPEAKERS CANADA?
Speaker fees range for most motivational speakers. Our Canadian motivational speakers are generally flexible with their speaker fees as they vary depending on the organization, the number of attendees, the event location and the preparation time to research and deliver the presentation. They charge the same to us as they would to an organization if you were to contact the speaker directly. Speakers can charge anywhere between $5,000 to $100,000 plus and are largely dependent on experience, recognition, and other variables. Keynote speakers in Canada are usually on average between the $7,500 – $20,000 range. Speakers Canada’s motivational speakers & professional speakers have leading experts & engaging speakers between $2,500 to $30,000. Our professional guest speakers have general rates they offer us which is the same as they offer if you work with the speaker directly.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE A VIRTUAL SPEAKER FOR A WEBINAR OR ONLINE EVENT?
In general, Speakers Canada’s virtual speakers will offer a 25-50% discount of their fees for a virtual event or online conference. The reason is that virtual speakers do not have to travel between locations often making them more available for other opportunities. Professional virtual speakers deliver powerful and engaging presentations with audiences, and they also usually offer a recording at no extra cost, as long as the recorded session is available internally for participants registered for the event. Virtual events also enable organizations to collaborate with different departments or team members across Canada and the world, as organizations can send a live broadcast to other locations. Virtual speaker fees and costs are usually standard to be the same as an in person local event or the non profit, association, or government discounted rate.
ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS OR EXTRA COSTS INVOLVED IN BOOKING A SPEAKER THROUGH THE SPEAKERS BUREAU CANADA?
Travel logistics & travel costs associated with booking a keynote speaker are the responsibility of the host organization. Speaker travel expenses and costs are usually not included in the speaker fees unless it is a local presentation. Hiring an external speaker to make a positive impact the audience is an investment, and our Canadian public speakers are often consulting, coaching, or speaking with other groups. Speakers charge for the preparation time, rehearsal time, meeting commitments, event logistics and the organization size/type, therefore their fees are presented in a range which are dynamic depending on the logistics involved with each event. We are excited to be back to booking live appearances with our speakers as in person keynote presentation and interactive workshop sessions are the best way to engage audience members to inspire the results each organization sets out when hiring a keynote speaker.
DOES THE SPEAKER FEES INCLUDE EXPENSES?
No. Some speakers do include travel expenses. Most speakers do not. You need to budget for the speaker’s round-trip airfare, vehicle rentals, ground transportation, hotel accommodation, meals during and other incidentals like parking at the event during the speaker travel to and from the event location. A/V requirements, translations and handouts are also the responsibility of the client. Some celebrity speakers also charge additionally for autograph signing sessions and/or attending golf tournaments and/or receptions. Our talent agents will be able calculate the speakers travel to include them in a quote combined with the speaker fee so that organizations will know the full costs associated to bring in a speaker.
DOES SPEAKERS CANADA COORDINATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS?
We can, as we have corporate travel agents who are our partners that organizers and our speakers access and utilize when arranging their travel. Many professional speakers handle their own arrangements and provide us with a quote to get them too and from the event. We maintain industry standards with the speaker and always propose the costs to each host organization before they book any of their flights or hotels.
DOES SPEAKERS CANADA’S SPEAKERS ACCEPT PRO-BONO REQUESTS?
Generally, no. Our Canadian professional speakers are very busy as consultants, coaches and speakers or can sometimes have other full-time careers that impact their schedules. It also usually takes a speaker between 15-25 hours to prepare the content and rehearse the presentation before the event. Although some of our speakers will consider requests for honorariums or low fees, they will usually offer a discounted rate or decline the event if it is not a reasonable request.
There are many ways to increase the budget or reduce costs to allocate funds for a speaker, and too often then not, organizations and even organizing teams do not explore ways to maximize the budget for each opportunity. Non profits get special consideration, however it will also depend on the speakers’ schedule, event format, duration of the session and how many attendees are at the speakers presentation. We do evaluate all proposals on a case-by-case basis and will gladly forward any reasonable requests to a speaker on your behalf. If they accept your invitation, they will contact you directly.