Budget Keynote Speakers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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There's no stigma attached to hiring budget keynote speakers. Most professional speakers are well aware of the economic realities of the event planning circuit and are even willing to make allowances and compromises. Sometimes the money simply doesn't exist to hire a high-profile celebrity to address your audience.

That doesn't mean, however, that you should compromise on quality. Instead, draw up a wish list of budget keynote speakers whom you know you could get, you think you could get, and you wish you could get. Rule out the 100,000-dollar-an-appearance ex-presidents and Super Bowl MVPs and look to local personalities such as news anchors, government officials, or prominent real-estate tycoons.

Hiring Budget Keynote Speakers

There's one particular reason why working through a bureau to hire your budget keynote speakers is advantageous: you don't have to worry about hurt feelings. One of the reasons these bureaus command the fees they do is because they handle the politics and other minutiae of hiring guests and planning their engagements for them. Consequently, they're familiar with the wish list phenomenon and know that planners would love to have Speaker A, would settle for Speaker B, and would rather avoid Speaker C unless all other options are ruled out.

If you have, say, a thousand dollars with which to work, here's how to make the most of it. Tell your bureau how much you can afford to spend. Then tell your representative where, geographically, you're holding the seminar or dinner, what themes you'd like to cover, and what "style" of presenter you'd prefer. Given that information, they can best utilize their resources to find you the most appropriate match.

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