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How much does it cost to book a speaker?

What is the average cost of booking a speaker?

As a speaker’s bureau, one of the most common questions we get asked by our clients is: “What is the cost of booking a speaker?” The honest answer is that our roster of speakers covers a huge range of budgets, ranging from £1000 right through to over £100,000. This is because there are various factors that can influence speaker fees, including how high-profile and in-demand a speaker is, the length of the speech, the preparation time required, and the location of the event. A high-profile speaker with a lot of demand is likely to command a higher fee, and longer speeches or more extensive preparation time may also increase the cost.

However, at The Speakers Agency, we are proud to work with such an eclectic mix of speakers of all different fees, so whatever your budget, there is a good chance we can find and recommend some great options within your bracket!

What do the speaker fees listed on your website reflect?

At The Speakers Agency, the speakers’ fees listed on our website are usually representative of 1-hour of a speaker’s time, typically a 45-minute speech followed by a 15-minute Q&A. However, if your requirements differ from this, the fees are likely to vary accordingly.

Are there any additional costs?

It’s important to consider that all speaker fees are subject to VAT, which is a mandatory value-added tax that is added to the cost of goods and services in the UK, so it’s important to factor this into your budget.

It’s also worth noting that all speakers will require travel expenses covered, and some may require overnight accommodation if the event is far away from where they live. This can add to the overall cost of booking a speaker, so it’s important to discuss these costs upfront and factor them into your budget.

At The Speakers Agency, we are transparent about all costs associated with booking a speaker, including VAT and any travel or accommodation expenses. We believe that clear communication is key to ensuring that there are no surprises when it comes to the cost of your event.

Are virtual speeches cheaper than in-person speeches?

In recent years and especially post-pandemic, virtual engagements have become incredibly popular. These events allow for a wider audience to participate, including those overseas or those who are working remotely. Virtual events can also be more cost-effective since they eliminate the need for a speaker’s travel and accommodation expenses.

At The Speakers Agency, we have a range of speakers who are experienced in virtual engagements and are able to deliver high-quality presentations from the comfort of their own homes or office. These virtual events can be delivered live or pre-recorded and offer an engaging and interactive experience for your audience.

When enquiring about speaker fees, it’s important to let us know if you are open to considering a virtual engagement. Some speakers may be willing to reduce their fees for virtual events, while others may not. By letting us know your preferences, we can ensure that we provide you with an accurate quote that takes into account your specific requirements.

Do higher fee speakers mean better quality speakers?

In short, no. In the speaking world, fees are determined by a huge range of factors, as listed above, and do not reflect a speaker’s quality. While some high-profile speakers may command higher fees, it’s important to remember that speakers are inspired to tell their stories or share their expertise for many different reasons. Some may be motivated by a desire to give back to their community or industry, while others may be passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences with others.

Ultimately, the success of a speaker’s presentation is determined by their ability to connect with your audience and deliver a message that resonates with them. This can be achieved regardless of the speaker’s fee, and we work closely with our clients to ensure that they find a speaker who is the perfect fit for their event and budget.

Why use The Speakers Agency?

We have been in the business for over two decades and understand first-hand that every event is unique. Our team of booking agents pride ourselves on being able to find the right speaker for each individual client and their audience. With our wide range of speakers and flexible pricing options, we are confident that we can find the right speaker for you within your budget. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us help make your event a success!

To chat with one of our booking agents, call The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email enquiries@thespeakersagency.com today.

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