Creating A Positive Business Culture

3 Keys For Hiring A Guest Speaker

by Beatrice Lambert

When you need to plan any sort of corporate event, one of the best investments you can make is bringing in a motivational or keynote speaker. By hiring such a professional, you will be better able to motivate, inspire and set the tone moving forward. Whether this is a company event or a conference where several professionals will fly in from all over the world, you can't go wrong bringing in a speaker. To learn more about bringing in a speaker, read on and start considering the following points. 

Start Early And Research The Speaker Your Want

It will take some research for you to begin finding the best speaker for your event. If you put in your research on the front end, you should have no problem matching up with the professional that will help you best. Be sure, first and foremost, that you figure out exactly what sort of speakers you need. For instance, one company might prefer a corporate speaker that talks nuts and bolts business, while another company might want to bring in someone with a tremendous life story to share. Be sure to look at some of their sample video clips to hire the speaker that aligns with your vision. 

Have A Budget In Mind For Your Speaker

No matter what sort of speaker you are thinking about bringing in, it's critical that you start with the budget first. You should be able to find a speaker on any budget, but getting the speaker that you want could cost you a bit of money. Typically, keynote speakers will charge you anywhere between $1,500 and $30,000 if they're not celebrities. Otherwise, authors or celebrities might charge $50,000 or more. 

Make The Event A Success Around The Speaker

If you want to really maximize on your event, it's important to do what you can to make the entire event a success, setting a solid foundation for your speaker. To this end, you will want to pick a great venue and make sure that you have excellent catering. Your event catering should cost somewhere in the range of approximately $600 and $1,300. When you take the time to plan around the entire event, you will make your speaker more comfortable and will draw in more attendance. 

Consider these strategies so that you are able to get the most out of any sort of corporate event that you are producing. To learn more about guest speakers, visit eSpeakers.