By using Speakers Platform, event planners get the best of both worlds:
personal contact with speakers at any point during the booking process, plus their
Speakers Platform Account Executive - a knowledgeable and trustworthy assistant.
There are distinct advantages to using Speakers Platform
(and having a powerful advocate on your side), rather than booking speakers directly.
Pre-Booking (saving event planners time and money):
- Independent bureau: we do not maintain any exclusive speaker relationships
so there is no conflict of interest.
Our only concern is
finding and securing the best candidates for your event and within your budget.
- Inside scoop: we keep up-to-date on all our speakers, maintain detailed
feedback records from past events and know exactly what's
going on now in the market. We give our clients unbiased inside information
on any speaker on the circuit today.
- Quick responses: many times speakers are very difficult to get hold of directly.
We get information from speakers faster (especially "celebrity" speakers)
because we have their direct contact information and
they are more inclined to get back to us more quickly since we are known to them.
We are easy to reach when you need us.
- One-stop source: in addition to the over 3,000 speakers
we have direct contact with, Speakers Platform also partners with exclusive bureaus and
can research and find almost anyone. You
have access to any speaker you want - which saves you time and energy trying to track
Instead of wading through lot's of information and Web sites, getting fees and availability,
setting conference calls, etc., all you need to do is turn to your trusted Speakers Platform Account
Executive for the information and experienced advice you need to make an informed decision.
- Easy information access: Speaking.com is the largest online catalog of any speakers bureau on the Web -
over 1,300 keynote speakers are featured (most with online streaming demo videos). We can also send
DVDs, testimonial referrals and speaker kits for review; set-up conference calls with speakers and provide valuable inside information.
- Special pricing: many times we can negotiate special pricing terms
since we have good, long-standing relations with all our
speakers, exclusive agents and other bureaus. We bring speakers repeat business and have worked with most of our speakers for over a decade,
so they are more likely to discount an event for us
than for a client directly.
- Value added: Speakers Platform has long-standing partnerships with
our speakers and other bureaus. We can negotiate special additions to a keynote event such as
free books, complimentary break-out sessions, book signings, media interviews, interactive / Web-based features and more.
Booking (giving event planners peace of mind and insurance):
- Contracting: our booking contract secures and helps protect our clients from
unforeseen circumstances. Speakers Platform is the insurance and piece of mind you
need when making your important keynote speaker decisions.
- Last minute substitute: if a speaker cannot make a presentation - even with a
short cancellation notice - we can help find and secure a great substitute quickly.
- Conference calls, travel and program details: we help facilitate smooth
communication between clients and speakers during the program planning stage.
Post-Booking (ensuring long-lasting success!):
- Event follow-up: we provide a post-event speaker evaluation so you
can provide feedback about your speaker(s) and Speakers Platform. We can also help extend the benefits of your speaker's message with post-event support materials, interactive features and consulting services.
- Dispute resolution: we help
resolve any issues that might arise between clients and speakers.
Occasionally, for example, there is
confusion over travel expenses, presentation taping or other issues - we help settle things
- Next event: now that your Account Executive has a good idea about your audience,
organization goals and needs, they can help you build upon your first event and bring complimentary
talent to future events.
Q: What is the difference between
"exclusive" versus "non-exclusive" representation of speakers?
"Exclusive" representation signifies that a speaker is represented by
only one agency. The agency acts as an "out-sourced" office and
single contact for the exclusive speaker and handles all calendar questions,
event set up questions, special speaker needs, etc.
Many bureaus with exclusive speakers are committed to bringing their
small group of exclusively represented speakers a certain number of
engagements and income per year. A bureau with exclusive speakers might be less likely to negotiate on fees and possibly
promote one of their exclusive speakers over other candidates - even if it means there might be a better speaker choice
outside their bureau. Most exclusive speakers bureaus represent speakers that charge $25,000 and up. Speakers Platform maintains
close relations with speakers in all price ranges.
Speakers Platform 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.
Q: Can I book a speaker who is exclusive
with another agency through you?
Even though we have no
exclusive speaker ties, Speakers Platform still has full access to any
exclusive speaker that might fit your event. We frequently partner with the
exclusive agencies to locate the best speakers for our client events.
agencies give us a commission from their speaker fees just like a
non-exclusive speaker, so there are 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 Platform can provide better, unbiased service without exclusive
speaker obligations. We can fully focus our services and loyalty on you.
Q: What type of speakers does Speakers
As one of the nation's leading speakers
bureaus, we offer top-rated keynote speakers and trainers on a variety of
topics, including: sales, motivation, leadership, team building,
communication, change management, innovation and a variety of other popular
and specialized topics.
As mentioned above, Speakers Platform gives you
full access to almost any speaker in the United States, Canada and throughout
the world (whether exclusive or non-exclusive). Speakers we work with
include: politicians, celebrities, compelling authors, management gurus, top
motivational speakers, media personalities, sports heros and other leading
Q: What does Speakers
Platform do for its clients?
We are a full service speakers
bureau, providing corporations, associations and universities with
professional keynote speakers, professors and corporate trainers who deliver
the results required by diverse audiences. Our bureau team includes
seasoned agents, professional administration support and contracting services
to ensure you will receive top customer service.
Each of our agents consistently receives
the highest marks for friendly, helpful customer service; insight and
expertise; quick response and overall account management (click here to read what some
of our satisfied clients say).
--- Our services in greater detail
During the review and research process, we provide you one-stop
access to thousands of the world's best speakers. If you already know who
you want, we can locate, negotiate fees, check availability, gather marketing
information and contract any personality you are interested in. If you would
like suggestions, we can research the thousands of options available and
provide you with a short list to review.
We have already pre-qualified
over 3,000 speakers we work with (and have access to an astounding database of over 10,000 more), so you can feel confident knowing that you
are getting high quality speakers who have the presentation skills and
expertise to captivate your audience. We have built close relationships with
our speakers and can set up conference calls, provide you with review
materials (information kits, videos, books, etc.) and check availability
You can expect quick responses to your questions and needs via
email, phone, fax, postal mail and FedEx. We respond to your requests
quickly and are easy to reach. Most speakers travel a lot, have no staff and
are difficult to reach. We are easy to reach and will continually track
speakers so that we can get answers to your questions fast. And, since we
work with so many speakers, we can help find replacement talent at the last
minute if needed and negotiate special pricing.
We make the booking process smooth since we do all the
negotiating, contract stipulations / travel expenses, scheduling and
accounting with the speaker. We stand behind our contracts and all
stipulations and have an impeccable 14 year reputation in the industry.
Speakers Platform is like insurance - we will partner with you to make your
event a huge success.
To learn more about our bureau, see: About Speakers Platform Speakers Bureau.
Q: Does Speakers Platform handle
Yes, we have many international
clients. Speakers Platform is committed to the growing business education
needs of the expanding global marketplace. Several of our Account
Executives specialize in planning events with foreign companies and for
American companies in international venues, from Europe to South America to
Asia. International clients, please click here for more information about how we can help make booking your United States or Canadian based speaker a smooth process.
Q: How can I learn about a speaker before
making my decision?
Speakers Platform maintains a
marketing department to provide you with full biographies on each speaker,
photographs, recent articles and press coverage, video segments, books and
letters of recommendation from previous speaking engagements.
Q: Will I have the opportunity to make
contact with the speaker prior to booking and/or the engagement?
Our speakers are happy to talk with organizations prior to contracting and/or before an engagement. Ask your Speakers Platform representative about setting up a conference call to discuss your event needs. This
gives you the opportunity to clarify the expectations of your audience and
get to know the speaker on a more personalized basis.
Q: Can a book signing be arranged in
conjunction with the event?
The majority of our authors enjoy
doing book signings at lecture engagements. Check with your Speakers Platform
account executive prior to arrange a signing. We can also provide a book
purchasing rider which places you in direct contact with publishers to buy
books at special discounted rates.
Q: Is it possible to video or audio tape the
Written permission must be obtained by the speaker
prior to your event. Usually, speakers will agree to taping for internal
organizational use only. This is to safeguard the speakers' right to their