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Frequently Asked Questions

During times of change, the need to inspire and motivate staff becomes even more important. Communicating company strategy with clarity, training staff, seeing the future in a positive light, rewarding achievement and inspiring the troops to pull together are all key - and a professional speaker or facilitator becomes more of a necessity than ever. Below are a series of questions that the Speakers Corner team often get asked.

A. I've never booked a speaker before. Where do I begin?

I've never booked a speaker before. Where do I begin?

Firstly, you’ve come to the right place! The Speakers Corner website showcases 1000 speakers, so read about our most popular speakers, hosts and facilitators, and enjoy their biographies, news stories and watch video of them in action – and don’t forget to read what other clients have said about them in the testimonials section of their biography. And now pick up the phone! Call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070. We will talk you through your requirements and search on our database of over 6000 speakers to find the perfect fit for your budget, venue and brief. Selecting a speaker is a daunting process and choosing the right person from the thousands is a challenge. Knowledge and understanding of who's who in the world of politics, sport, business, television and comedy is key to our game, but equally important is knowing the idiosyncrasies of the individual artist and how they will fit with your event.

B. Why use an external speaker rather than our MD?

Why use an external speaker rather than our MD?

An external speaker or celebrity is the way to add another dimension to your event. When asked what has the most impact at a conference - video, catering, accommodation, internal or external speakers, recent research has shown that over 70% of conference audiences described guest speakers and performers as 'the most memorable aspect of the event'.

C. How much do speakers cost?

How much do speakers cost?

Professional speaker and celebrity fees range from hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds. Whatever your budget, we’ll find you a speaker or host. Look through the fee bands on our website, but don’t be put off if it looks like the speaker you want falls outside your budget – just call us – we love to chat! Most fees are negotiable, so there may be something we can do…. Speaker fees typically start at £1500, plus expenses, which often 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. Speaker fees are determined based on a number of factors, including the type of group (corporate, non-profit, educational, etc.), the time commitment, required travel, and may change without notice.

D. Do I pay more for using a speaker bureau?

Do I pay more for using a speaker bureau?

In most cases, speakers pay the speaker bureau 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. Our advice is completely free. So, no booking, no fee.

E. What are ‘capped expenses’?

What are ‘capped expenses’

Once you have decided on a speaker, we will start working on the logistics – this includes organising travel for the speaker to and from the event. Speakers Corner places a capped amount for travel expenses on the contract, which is payable with the fee. Should the Artist’s expenses exceed this amount, you will not be charged the extra. However, if the expenses are below the agreed capped rate a refund of the difference will be credited to you within 14 days of the event. We don’t make money form the expenses. If the cost of the expenses goes over the capped amount, we absorb the costs and if they come under we send the client a refund for the difference.

F. Once I choose a speaker, what's next? How does Speakers Corner support me once the choice has been made?

Once I choose a speaker, what's next? How does Speakers Corner support me once the choice has been made?

Once the speaker accepts the invitation, the job is passed on to our vastly experienced and highly professional logistics and events team, who will issue a contract and confirm details regarding the event. A 50% deposit will be required, with the balance due 28 days before the event, and any outstanding speaker expenses billed afterwards. At every point of the way, we will continue to communicate with you about your speaker’s appearance, and work with you on any changes that may arise. The key to our success and to the ease of your experience, is our ability to anticipate and manage the wide range of challenges which often crop up. 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. We pride ourselves on our level of service throughout the whole of your event from the initial concept till the after event service, every stage is of equal importance to us to make sure your experience is handled with complete professionalism.

G. What is the difference between "exclusive" versus "non-exclusive" representation of speakers?

What is the difference between "exclusive" versus "non-exclusive" representation of speakers?

At Speakers Corner, we strongly believe that by not representing speakers exclusively, we are leading the way in the industry and working towards creating an ethical playing field, where complete impartiality is key to every booking. We do not have any affiliation or allegiance to any individual act, entertainer or speaker and therefore our sole focus is to offer unbiased and objective advice to create the best match between artiste, audience, client and budget. Many agencies 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. Speakers Corner 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 and needs. Even though we have no exclusive speaker ties, Speakers Corner 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 Speakers Corner can provide better, unbiased service without exclusive speaker obligations and distractions.

H. What if my speaker has to cancel because of an emergency?

What if my speaker has to cancel because of an emergency?

At Speakers Corner we pride ourselves in our finely-honed skills of finding a replacement speaker – sometimes at half an hour’s notice! With access to literally thousands of great speakers worldwide and a solid web of relationships with agents throughout the world, Speakers Corner will work hard to handle any unforeseen complications or a last-minute cancellation.

I. What if I can't see the person I want on the website?

What if I can't see the person I want on the website?

If you’re looking for someone in particular and you can’t find them on our site, please call us! We have a thousand speakers listed on our website, but this is a small percentage compared to the thousands more on our database. Whether you know exactly who you want to speak at your next event or if you’re just looking for ideas, please give our experienced team a call on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

J. Do I have to arrange travel for the speaker?

Do I have to arrange travel for the speaker?

No – we’ll do it all! We’re based in London, but we send speakers around the globe and back. We will organise flights, rail travel, and even the logistics of getting to an event by car.

K. Can I audio or video tape the presentation?

Can I audio or video tape the presentation?

Many speakers will allow you to record their speech at no additional charge. It is important to make your requests known in advance, preferably at the time of booking, so that all requests are included in the contract. All these details will be discussed during a briefing call between Speakers Corner, the client and the artist, in order to clarify details. Speakers Corner will organise the briefing call.

L. Do celebrity speakers charge less if our engagement is local for them?

Do celebrity speakers charge less if our engagement is local for them?

Yes, this is sometimes the case. Please enquire with a Speakers Corner booking agent.

M. What partnerships has Speakers Corner formed?

What partnerships has Speakers Corner formed?

Speakers Corner, led by Nick Gold – Chairman of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus, has formed partnerships with a handful of carefully selected organisations, to create bespoke and informative events for clients. Our association with Square Meal and The Brewery, with whom we have formed The Knowledge Guild, has created an exciting and informative experience space, where clients can meet and become familiar with some of the most scintillating speakers in their favourite environment – on stage, surrounded by an attentive audience.

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    Unit 31, Highbury Studios
    10 Hornsey Street
    London
    N7 8EL

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070 
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7700 8847 
    info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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