Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose the Goodman Speakers Bureau as my speaker source?
Since 1979 Goodman Speakers Bureau has taken pride in providing clients with customized solutions to their professional speaker needs. We have a depth of expertise that cannot be found with a quick Internet search of speakers. We know the backstory of speaker's history serving clients, the nuances of each speaker's style, and their ability to deliver a measurable ROI for each meeting. We are industry veterans, and our founder is one to the founding members of IASB (International Association of Speakers Bureaus). Goodman Speakers Bureau was built on a history of strong relationships with the client, and remains a cornerstone of our operating philosophy.
Is there a fee for the services you offer?
In most instances, our fee is paid by the speaker. Speakers are happy to let us coordinate the details so they can concentrate on delivering a great speech for your event.
What is the average cost of hiring a professional speaker?
Hiring a professional speaker will vary based on experience, skill, reputation, and notoriety. All speaking fees are set by each individual speaker. Additional expenses such as travel, ground transportation, hotel accommodations and meals have traditionally been separate from the fee and billed to the client. Some speakers charge a flat "travel fee" to cover these costs and eliminate additional billing.
How do I choose the right speaker for my event?
We take the time to listen and learn about your organization and its mission, the audience demographics, and the expected result of the meeting. Together, with your insight and our expertise, we provide unbiased and objective recommendations. Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with you, our client.
What if I'm interested in a speaker and I don't see him or her on your website?
We can help! We do not list all of the speakers and entertainers we work with on our website. If you can't find who you are interested in, let us know.
Does it cost more for a longer presentation?
Generally, yes. Each speaker sets their own fee and fees vary from speaker to speaker. Some may have a flat fee, while others will have keynote, half day and full day fees.
What if I have a small budget?
That's OK! There are great speakers in all fee ranges. No matter how big or small your budget is, your meeting is important to us and we will work to get you the best speaker for your event.
Can I speak directly with the speaker before I make a decision?
Most of our speakers are available to speak with you before you have made a decision as well as after making your final selection. It's important that you feel that the speaker "gets it" and can deliver on meeting expectations. Speakers are often willing to customize their presentations to fit your needs and specifications.
Can I record the speaker's presentation at my event?
It depends. Speakers have different guidelines in regard to the protection of their intellectual property. Your Goodman Speakers Bureau representative will be happy to advise you on a speaker's specification about recording.