How Much Does It Cost?
Asking professional speakers how much they cost is like asking “How high is up?” Rates do vary for almost all speakers and depend on a number of factors.
When I speak at an engagement, I am committing to spending time away from my other interests, responsibilities and my family time. Also, I must prepare that talk, practice it (extensively), travel to/from the location, and deliver an informative and informational presentation.
Let’s assume I book a one hour talk, here are some factors to consider:
Email time with organizer (info, travel plans, etc): 1 hour
Preparing for presentation (research, powerpoint, writing, etc): 30+ hours
Practicing: at least 5 hours
Travel (either by air or car): 5-16 hours or more
Multiple days depending on presentation time: up to 16 hours
That 72 hours, more or less, equates into nine, 8 hour days! Now, if the talk is at a conference that I am interested in attending (where I will gain some knowledge or other value) that may reduce my fee for speaking. Also, whether I speak once for an hour or 3 times in the same day or conference, my cost to the client is the same. I don’t charge just for presentation time, but for the value of my talk with all costs included.
Generally, my keynote fees will typically run from $2500.00 to $6000.00, sometimes more, sometimes less. The second stage, workshops, and seminars are generally less.
I know a number of other speakers through my associations and groups that charge from $3000.00 to over $25,000.00, and celebrity speakers charge from $35,000.00 to upwards of $350,000.00. By those comparisons, I am a great bargain!
I don’t deliver canned presentations for my clients. So, to be honest, my rates vary because what I offer varies. I create experiences for my clients and ALWAYS will be looking for the PROBLEM that I can help solve with my talk. I like to incorporate resources from the client, so that what we talk about on the platform is relatable to their company or product. Plus, I guarantee that you will be happy with what I do for you!
What is your budget?
No, I am not trying to get all your money! If I know your budget it helps me to help you. I like to send you a proposal with 2 or 3 choices in it and to stay within your budget. I just need to know at least what fee range you are in so I can better fill your needs.