Choosing the right motivational speaker for your event is dependent on a lot of factors. Weighing the options carefully can make your event a success. As any meeting professional can tell you, with so many options available and so many different things to consider, making a choice can be difficult. These essential steps are things that should be considered before a final decision is made, and can forecast the success of your event while leaving a memorable experience in the minds of your guests.
It is important to consider scheduling prior to making any decisions. Many reputable speakers have a full schedule that should be considered before booking your event. If you have a particular speaker in mind, make sure to check their schedules before renting the event location. Basing your event around your key speaker’s availability is an important part to event planning that should not be overlooked.
A workable and reasonable budget is imperative to making any speaking event a success. Many speakers charge an appearance fee for speaking, and that cost needs to be added into a budget prior to booking them for a speaking engagement. A budget also needs to include rental fees for the venues, any refreshments that will be offered and other incidentals that must be considered. The final part of a budget that should be considered is travel or lodging fees for your guest speaker. The logistics of who should be responsible for those added costs should be discussed before agreeing on a price. Those factors should all be added into a proposed budget for your event.
Good speakers most likely have a reputation that precedes them. Look for speakers of good repute who have high success rates in previous events in which they have participated. Look up testimonials of others who have heard their presentation. Do your research thoroughly. While cheaper speakers may fit more in your budget, it is often true that you get what you pay for.
Look at what kind of presentation the speakers are offering. Does it fit in with the overall message you want to present to your guests? Will it help motivate them and encourage them in the field you’re aiming for? Will it be entertaining and constructive? Considering the overall message is an imperative and important part to choosing the right speaker for your event.
When these four essential steps are considered, narrowing down the field of potential speakers is often easier and less overwhelming for an event planner. Taking these important factors into consideration is a vital part of planning a successful event, and can make hiring a motivational speaker an easier process. The planning stages of a speaking event are often the most stressful, but the better the plan, the more potential exists to pulling of a successful event. While it may at times seem overwhelming, planning an event thoroughly will reduce the amount of stress when the event takes place. These four steps are designed to eliminate future stress and help planners take all essential factors into consideration prior to the big day.