Offer a "normal speaker fee range" to positions to inform meeting planners better.

Jun 12 (4 months ago)
Jody Holland wrote
I have been speaking professionally for 20+ years now and decided last year that a service like Speaker Match might help me step up my game a bit more.

The fees offered by the planners on here have not typically reflected what a professional speaker would normally get for their services.

I believe that the planners who use the system should go through some type of orientation explaining what a professional speaker normally gets, or have a way to mark fee ranges for a job.

It is overly frustrating to look at job postings, like today (6-12-18) for someone to explain the importance of being willing to pay top dollar for luxury items and then see that the fee and expense cap is anything but luxury. I cracked up looking at it.

A rating system with ranges would be better than pick anything from free to whatever as a planner.
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Jun 25 (3 months ago)
Anonymous agent wrote
Thank you for your suggestions. A few pieces of information that might provide additional insight as to how we operate and what to expect. Please let us know if any questions come up.

1) We advertise our services to "emerging professional speakers." If you're (1) not earning a full-time living through speaking, and (2) you aren't earning at least $5,000 per speech, we consider you to be an "Emerging" speaker. We still receive requests above this amount, but most often the organizations we work with have smaller budgets than a full service agency.

2) The planners do have a scale of fee ranges to choose from (the same as you do on your end within your profile settings). If they choose "Negotiable" or "Free" we suggest they be more specific or offer something (at least to cover travel). It doesn't always work, but we do try.

3) We almost always encourage the planners to reach out to us if they have questions or need help figuring out what an attractive speaking fee would look like.

I hope this information helps. Let us know if we've overlooked any of your concerns.