For International Event Planners Booking International Speakers
As one of the world’s leading full-service speakers bureaus (based in the United States), we are pleased to offer top-rated keynote speakers and trainers on a variety of topics, including: sales, motivation, leadership, team building, communication, change, globalization, world economy, international business, innovation, and a variety of other general and specialized topics.
We have staff that can respond to emails and speak conversationally in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian. We can also translate correspondence in almost any other language. So, feel free to send us your speaker request in either English or your native language.
Speaking.com Speakers Bureau gives you access to almost any speaker in Canada and the United States, including: politicians, celebrities, compelling authors, business gurus, top motivational speakers, media personalities, sports heroes and others. We are also adding more speakers located outside the United States, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
We enjoy working with international clients and have helped bring the biggest names and expertise to world-class events. We have worked with clients on every continent, including:
- Volkswagen, South Africa
- Ejada International, Saudi Arabia
- Fortum Power & Heat, Sweden
- KPMG Advisors, Greece
- Ônix Treinamento e Desenvolvimento Profissional Ltda., Brazil
- Business Link Greater Copenhagen
- Zain, Kuwait
- Digital MediaGroup, Sweden
- Pfizer, Mexico
- Old Shanghai Events Management Company Ltd., South Africa
- The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, West Indies
- ISS A/S, Denmark
- WMC Resources Ltd., Australia
- JP PR PR-Beratung, Germany
- Business to Business Pty Ltd, South Africa
- CRQP, Switzerland
- Arthur Andersen, UK
- Costa Crociere S.p.A., Italy
- Siemens AG, Germany
- SAPPI, South Africa
- DMG World Media, UK
- National Lottery Group, Ireland
- Information Security Forum, UK
- LG.Philips Displays, Netherlands
- AMP, Australia
- Reckitt Benckiser, UK
- Evolve, Ireland
- Retailing Institute – Perakendecilik Gelistirme A.S., Turkey
- Success Resources Pte Ltd., Singapore
- Nokia Corporation, Finland
- Digitall Integrated C.A., Venezuela
- Nycomed Group, Norway
- talk2me AS, Norway
- AstraZeneca, UK
- The Times of India, India
- RABQSA International, Inc., Australia
- America*Link Eventos, El Salvador
- Schneider Electric Industries S.A.S., France
- Respuesta Efectiva de Marketing, Venezuela
- GRUPO PELLAS, Nicaragua
- RBTT Limited, Trinidad and Tobago
- Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, Barbados
- LAND – Neways, Ukraine
- Homee Communications, Korea
- Kapital Medya Hizmetleri A.S., Turkey
- Zenith Events Corporation Limited, Singapore
- Cable & Wireless Panamá, Panama
- Adelphi Group Ltd., UK
Speaking.com will help you navigate the specific challenges related to booking a United States and/or Canadian based speaker, including:
- Passport and Visa issues
- Travel arrangements
- Local taxes / treaty declarations
- Pre-event publicity and marketing
- Language and translation
- Scheduling conference calls, meetings and shipping
- Tailoring speakers’ presentations to local needs and etiquette
… and more!
Here are tips and some pertinent information you’ll need when booking an American or Canadian speaker:
- Speaker presentation fees for American and Canadian speakers are around 50-75% higher than fees for events held domestically. This is because international events take more travel time, international travel can be more complicated and customizing international presentations is more work. Most speakers we represent start at around $15,000USD to present at international events; the median fee is around $25,000USD and world-renowned speakers are upwards of $60,000USD. All speakers require business class travel and some will require first class.
- Some very high profile American and Canadian speakers will only accept a few international events per year, if any. If you are looking for a world-renowned personality, it will be helpful to have flexibility with your date, plan at least a year in advance and possibly dovetail your event with another client event in the same country and/or when the speaker is planning a tour of your country. Your
Speaking.com account representative can help you during this planning stage.
- Booking your preferred speaker(s) at least 6 months to a year in advance is recommended.
- Payment schedule: speakers require a 50% deposit to secure a date at the time of booking and the remaining 50% balance is due two weeks before they begin travel. Funds are usually required to be transferred via wire in US dollars, but can be accepted in other currencies as well.
The cancellation clause in a typical speaker contract reads:
Cancellation of an engagement causes loss of income that cannot be recaptured by Speaker. Therefore, if this date is canceled by CLIENT, a percentage of the Speaking Fee will remain due and payable to Speakers Platform; cancellation penalties are:
- 60 days or less before Presentation Date, 100% of Speaking Fee
- 61 or more days prior to the Presentation Date, 50% of Speaking Fee
The full presentation fee will be returned (or the speaker rescheduled) for cancellations caused by natural disaster, health concern outbreak or terrorism / war. Agents at Speaking.com have dealt with emergency situations ranging from tsunamis and blizzards to civil unrest and health outbreaks; our agents are seasoned to help assist clients in times of need.
- When booking a speaker, it’s always important to give your Speaking.com Account Executive as much detailed information as you can about your speaker needs, budget and overall event.
- Depending on your needs and the speaker(s) you are interested in, we recommend having your speaker also include a break-out session, book signing and/or consult with VIPs gratis during their stay in your country. You can also combine forces with another organization to help share travel costs.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your event a huge success!