We know there are many questions, we are here to help. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below. If your question is not covered below please feel free to call us and we will be happy to answer your question.
Why should I choose The London Speaker Bureau?
There are several reasons to use to work with us, here are a few:
We are the largest speaker bureau in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America with 18 offices globally.
We are constantly researching speakers and monitoring future trends so that we can provide you with up to date, creative and innovative ideas giving you an edge on your competition.
The speakers are vetted – we know who is good and who is not, we know what they do best and how to get the best out of them
It is easier to negotiate fees through a bureau as we know the market and what your speaker should be charging
We support you at each stage of the process, selecting, briefing and logistics.
What is the process for booking a speaker?
Make an enquiry and let us know as much as you can about the event you are planning; objectives, audience, budget, theme and the type of the speaker they are looking for.
We will then suggest speakers that are appropriate and within budget. Once you have chosen your short-list we would then check that the speaker is interested in attending the event for you.
At this point you would decide which speaker you would like to book and we will send you a booking form to complete.
Can I book Speakers that are not listed on your website through you?
Yes we can book most speakers for you. Our global reach connects us with thousands of speakers, and even if they are exclusively listed with other bureaus we can co-broker (split our commissions) so that the end cost remains the same. There are a small number of speakers who do not co-broker through bureaus and we would advise you who to contact on these few occasions where we cannot help you ourselves.
What are your terms and conditions?
Can you provide speakers for free for charitable events?
Unfortunately we cannot offer speakers for free but we are happy to forward your requests to those speakers and if they are interested they would then come back to you directly with their response.
How does someone become a speaker with The London Speaker Bureau?
If you are a professional speaker and are seeking representation by The London Speaker Bureau, please contact our consultant Lucinda Swan, Lucinda@londonspeakerbureau.com who will advise you on how to submit your materials for review. Thank you for your interest in The London Speaker Bureau.
How do you charge for your services?
Our services are included in your speaker fee. We take a commission from the speaker for securing the booking for them.
What else do I have to pay for apart from the speaker’s fee?
Standard expenses include (but are not limited to) return travel from the speaker’s origin to your event venue; first class for long haul travel or train travel, business class for short haul, mileage or a professional car service, accommodation where required and meals as appropriate to the Speaker’s stay. If a Visa is required to travel to your event venue, the costs associated with obtaining this will also be
chargeable to you.
What does the speaker fee include?
The fee covers the speech and Q&A. If you would like a speaker to attend a lunch or dinner around the speech, some will do so at no additional cost whilst others will charge, we can advise you on this. If you would like your speaker to speak, participate on a panel, talk to press, mingle etc, please advise us at the time of making your initial enquiry so that fees can be quoted to you with all aspects of your requirement included.
If I book more than one speaker can I get a discount?
If you book a speaker more than once, repeating the same content, most speakers would offer a discounted fee. If you are booking more than one speaker for your event a discount is harder to obtain as a speaker will not discount his or her fee because you are also booking someone else. We will of course endeavour to get the best rate for you and your speaker at all times.
Do you give us any help after we have booked our speaker with you?
Yes, it is really important to us to ensure that you have booked the right speaker and that he/she is briefed properly and arrives in good time. We will contact you before your event to provide you with all the materials you will need for your publicity; photos, updated speaker profile, the speaker’s technical requirements. We will also provide you with an introduction for you to use at the event that has been approved by the speaker. We will in addition liaise with the speaker to arrange travel, accommodation etc, and where required obtain discounts for you on books.
How do I brief my speaker?
4 to 6 weeks before your event (sooner if you prefer) we will contact you and the speaker and arrange a mutually convenient time for a briefing call and organise a conference facility. Your London Speaker Bureau consultant will participate on the call with you to assist you and guide you in the briefing should you need assistance. Occasionally clients and speakers prefer a face to face and where possible these will be arranged with your London Speaker Bureau consultant attending to assist.
Can we record the speech?
You must request permission in advance to record part of or all of a speaker’s speech (via the bureau).
Most speakers will allow a recording if it is for internal use provided they receive a copy for no additional charge, a few charge for this. If you wish to make a recording for commercial reasons this can be arranged but the speaker will require a further payment. Some speakers will not allow a recording as their material has a copyright and for these speakers cameras must be turned off.
What happens if our booked speaker has to cancel because of an emergency?
In the unlikely event of a speaker being unable to attend, such as a sudden emergency or unforeseen circumstance, we will, where possible offer you an alternative speaker. If that speaker is not acceptable we will refund you payments in full. This is a rare occurrence but it can happen and if you are marketing your event based on the speaker’s attendance we strongly recommend that you take out insurance.