How to Hire the Perfect Keynote Speaker

Are you hiring a keynote speaker for the first time? Or are you trying to hire the best keynote speaker for your event or conference? Whether it’s your first time hiring a guest speaker or your tenth time working with a speakers bureau, here are a few of the things you should know before reaching out to hire a keynote speaker. Knowing these details before you call will make finding the perfect keynote speaker easier and faster.

Establish the date, location and budget of your event.

These factors will play an important role in determining the pool of keynote speakers available to you. Your date, for example, will affect which keynote speakers are available, whereas your budget will limit whom you can and can’t afford to hire. In order to save on the cost of the keynote speaker’s travel, you may want to consider the distance between where he or she resides and where your event will take place.

Determine the type of presentation you want and the time of day when it will take place.

Some speakers are skilled at delivering workshops, while others excel at providing keynotes. After-dinner speakers should incorporate humor into their talks, where morning speakers should be energizing.

Clarify why you want to hire a keynote speaker.

Some common reasons include the desire to:

  • Educate
  • Motivate
  • Shift behavior
  • Initiate a change effort
  • Raise funds
  • Promote a cause or organization
  • Entertain

Consider guest speakers who gave great keynotes.

What great keynote speakers have you seen? Consider a guest speaker who has been successful with your group or a group similar to yours.

Call your friends and associates.

Asking for references can be a great way to narrow down your search. BigSpeak can locate any keynote speaker for you whether you see them on our roster or not.

Establish your core decision-makers.

Who needs to approve the decision to hire a keynote speaker? You want to tap into their vision and have them involved to make the process faster.

Consider the demographics of your audience.

Do you need a keynote speaker who will appeal to a general audience or one who will interest a specific demographic group (e.g., an all-women’s group)?

Consult a speakers bureau.

Consider a speakers bureau like BigSpeak. We have helped thousands through the process of choosing just the right keynote speaker for their event and are happy to lend you our ear and ideas. What’s more, our services are free. We are motivated to get you the best keynote speaker for your event because our aim is to keep you coming back to BigSpeak for all of your keynote, training and consulting needs.

For Choosing a Great Keynote Speaker Also See:

5 Things to Consider Before Booking a Keynote Speaker

How to Book a Last-Minute Keynote Speaker

How to Book a Celebrity Speaker

4 Benefits of Bringing in a Business Speaker

What to Expect When Working With a Speakers Bureau

Why Work With a Speakers Bureau?