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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Q & A for Speakers – Negotiating Fees

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Jeff Davidson, Guest Author

It is possible for meeting planners who need to negotiate with speakers to stay within their budget. Fee integrity is very important to speakers, to speakers bureaus and meeting planners.

Question: Are there instances when speakers can legitimately fit an organization’s budget without altering their fees?

Answer: Yes. My friend, negotiating specialist Jim Hennig, Ph.D., CPAE, says that speakers can legitimately charge different fees in different situations.

breathingspace1. Multiple engagements: two or more bookings deserve quantity discounts.
2. Dual-purpose engagements: when the speaker accomplishes several things at one speech.
3. A shared speaker: when an organization cannot afford a speaker, they include another organization to share the costs.
4. Product sales: book, audio and other products are included or able to be sold BOR (Back of the Room sales).
5. Trades: Many speakers will trade for a needed product or service from host organization.
6. Different fees for special groups: non-profit organizations, government agencies, etc.
7. Time-of-year fees: lower fees for slow months, such as August or January.

Larry’s NOTE: The cost of developing a keynote address is high. For example a one hour keynote could represent an investment of 40 to 50 hours of work-time. That is why some speakers will not adjust their fee. Consider positioning yourself as an expert, not a speaker. It’s a significant difference in your mind and your clients’ minds. When you’re a speaker, you have a speaking fee, and you get stuck in this sort of discussion about whether to stand firm on fees or not. When you’re an expert, you don’t.

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