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During times of an economic downturn, 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...

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

Since you are reading this, you have no doubt browsed around our website, but as we have a further 5,000 or so speakers and artistes who are not on the website, it's best to pick up the phone and pick our brains.  Call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk and we’ll assist you through the process.

Through our years of experience and our extensive knowledge of speakers, topics, and what works, we at Speakers Corner will work with you every step of the way. First, we work closely with you to identify your exact needs and bring your speaker and program needs into sharp focus. Working hand-in-hand, we will help you find not only the right speaker on any given subject…but the best speaker for the type of program you are offering and your audience.

Selecting a speaker is a daunting process and choosing the right person from the thousands who claim to be amazing can be nigh on impossible. Clearly 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 in with you and your event objectives.

Why use an external speaker rather than our MD?

Internal speakers can be superb, but however brilliant your MD or other senior management may be, a quality external speaker or celebrity will simply 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 an event'.

Once you have experienced the benefits, you will never go back!

How much do speakers cost?

Professional speaker and celebrity fees range from hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds.  There are speakers and celebrities available whatever your budget and it's our job to help you find the right person within your budget.

Speaker fees working with our speaker bureau typically start at £1500, this is because Speakers Corner ensure the speakers we use are of the highest quality and experienced to speak in any circumstances. In most cases all expenses are in addition to the fee. Additional expenses can 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. The range of our speakers is as low as £1000 to well-over £100,000. Speaker fees are determined based on a number of factors, including the type of group (corporate, non-profit, educational, religious-based, etc.), the time committment, required travel, and may change without notice.

Most fees are negotiable and will depend on a number of factors - location, time commitment etc. We are more than happy to give you an indication of costs once we have a full brief, but in many instances, it is only possible to give an actual quote once you have decided who would fit the bill and we start the negotiation process with the person selected.  We always negotiate the very best possible prices for our clients.

For the most current fee, please contact a Speakers Corner booking agent.

Do I pay more for using a speakers bureau?

In most instances, speakers pay speakers bureaus 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. 

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 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.

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

At Speakers Corner, we strongly believe that by not representing speakers exclusively, we are leading the way in the industry and 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.

What if a celebrity speaker has an exclusive agent?

If that's the case, we co-broker the event with that agent. In just about every case, this costs you nothing more. Remember that we know who's who in the speaking industry and can save you innumerable telephone calls you might have to make to track down the exclusive agent for the speaker that you want.

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

If you’re looking for a specific speaker or performer and you can’t find them on our site, please still give us a call. We have hundreds of speakers listed on our website, but we also have access to thousands of speakers 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

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, our vastly experienced and highly professional logistics and events team are passed the job.  They will issue a contract and confirm details regarding the event. A 50% deposit will be required, with the balance due just before the appearance, and 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/all changes that can arise. The key to our success and to your comfort when working with us is our ability to anticipate and manage the wide range of changes, challenges, and more, which can occur along the way. 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.

Do I have to arrange travel for the speaker?

It is up to you. If you prefer, we can make the travel plans and advise you of the arrangements, or you can handle the travel arrangements on your own.

Speakers Corner is a London based company sending speakers and celebrities (home grown and international) to every corner of the globe.  Recently we have sourced speakers for conferences in Vienna, Budapest, Monte Carlo, Barbados, Jersey and Paris as well as Northampton, Caerphilly, Harrogate, Manchester & Stratford on Avon!

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

Some do. In some cases the difference can be as much as 20%. This is on a case by case basis. Please enquire with a Speakers Corner booking agent.

Does it cost more for a longer presentation?

Generally, yes. Speakers set their own fees – so there is no real rule-of-thumb. Some speakers will charge a base fee for 1 hour talks, which increases for half and full days. Others will charge the same whether it’s an hour or all day seminar.

Can I audio or video tape the presentation?

Many speakers do allow taping at no additional charge. Some do not wish to be taped or charge an extra fee. It is important to make your requests known in advance, prior to booking the speaker. Photography, filming or marketing must be discussed with the Speakers Corner booking agent, 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.

Will the speaker attend special VIP events?

Many speakers will agree to attend a special event at no additional charge. Some will not. It is important to make your requests known in advance and include this in the contract.

Can you help me secure books written by a speaker?

We deal with all the major book publishers and suppliers and through the relationships we have built up with them over the years, can usually secure books for the speaker at wholesale prices,  We will then ensure the books are delivered to the event in plenty of time for the event working with you to ensure the logistics are all straightforward.

Dependent on the numbers for the event, many speakers are happy to sign the books or sign bookplates to be inserted in the books as part of the service adding that little bit for delegates to take away from the event.  If this is something that is of interest, it is advisable for you to make the Speakers Corner booking agent or logistics team aware of this as early as possible

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

Speakers Corner can usually provide you with a replacement speaker. 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.

Who else do you work with?

Our client list is too extensive to list everyone we work with. However to give you a flavour - we have detailed a few of the brands we have recently sourced speakers for.

  • Asda
  • AstraZeneca
  • Barclays
  • Bewley Homes
  • Black & Decker
  • BP
  • British Telecom
  • Capital Bank
  • Centrica
  • Credit Suisse
  • Eli Lilly
  • Ernst & Young
  • Financial Times
  • IoD
  • Institute of Travel & Tourism
    Informa
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Toshiba
  • Pfizer
  • PriceWaterHouseCoopers
  • Scottish Water
  • Unilever
  • Vodafone
  • Waitrose
  • Speakers Corner (London) Ltd
    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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