Q: Why should I work with Preferred Speakers?
A: Since 1938, we've been working with clients to choose the right speakers for their events.
Whether you want your speaker to entertain or inspire better customer service and support, we'll
work with you throughout the process to make your program a success. Clients tell us we make their
jobs easier. That's one of our goals. They depend on us to understand their company and culture,
and to help them choose a speaker that makes their event successful. We take pride in their trust,
and we deliver on our commitment. That's why clients have returned to us for years.
Q: I've never booked a speaker before. Where do I start?
A: Contact Preferred Speakers. First, we listen to you. We'll work with you to bring your speaker
and program needs into focus. Preferred Speakers uses the largest library in the country to find
the right expert, trainer or celebrity for your event. For more than 60 years, we've helped
clients find successful speakers to discuss customer service, sales, sports, motivation, media,
entertainment, technology, economics, future trends, politics, and business.
Q: Do I pay more for using a speaker bureau?
A: No. Our service is free to you. Preferred Speakers is compensated by the speaker when booked.
Our service to you, including research, speaker preview, and booking, is free. If you work with us
and choose not to book a speaker - there is still no charge.
Q: Once I choose a speaker from Preferred Speakers, what can I expect?
A: Extraordinary service from beginning to end. After selecting your speaker, Preferred Speakers
will send you a contract spelling out the event's details. We'll send you a pre-program
questionnaire to help ensure your speaker meets your specific requirements. Your Preferred
Speakers representative is with you every step of the way. As your event date approaches, we'll
work with you and your speaker to prepare a final checklist that spells out everything you need to
know, including emergency contact numbers and logistics.
Q: What is your recovery plan in the event of a problem?
A: We are committed to your program's success. As a result, no matter what the problem might be -
including weather and travel conflicts - you're in competent hands that have the resources and
expertise to efficiently resolve it.
Q: Are preview videos available?
A: Absolutely. And they're free. To help you select the right speaker for your program, we'll send
videos of virtually any speaker you request.
Q: Will I be able to communicate directly with the speaker prior to my event?
A: Many of our speakers are available to speak with you directly throughout the selection process.
Q: How much do speakers cost?
A: Speaker fees typically start at $5,000. In most all cases, expenses, such as airfare, hotel,
transportation, meals, and any out-of-pocket expenses, are in addition to the fee. International
travel and presentations generally carry an incremental cost increase.
Q: Does it cost more for a longer presentation?
A: Generally, yes. Since speakers set their own fees, there is no real rule-of-thumb. Some speakers
will charge a base fee for one-hour talks. This fee increases for half- and full-days. Other
speakers will charge the same fee whether it's an hour-long presentation or all-day seminar.
Q: Do I have to arrange travel for the speaker?
A: Preferred Speakers works with two different travel consultant agencies with specialties in
domestic and international travel to offer the best service to our customers.
Q: Can presentations be audio or video taped?
A: This varies. Speakers have their own policies as to the recording of their intellectual property.
Q: What is an exclusive speaker?
A: An exclusive speaker is someone who signs an exclusive representation agreement with an agent.
In almost all instances, agents work with Preferred Speakers to give you access to the very best