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How to Book Affordable, Low-Budget Speakers Who Deliver

by Will Hathaway, Program Consultant
How to Book Affordable, Low-Budget Speakers Who Deliver

Looking to hire a speaker but keep running into budget issues? I hear you. It’s true that a keynote speaker can be a big expense for your company or association, but there are usually up-and-coming speakers or speakers who are less-well-known who can deliver a great presentation for less. This is why it’s so important to work with a knowledgeable and reputable speakers bureau.

Oftentimes I work with clients who set out looking for a big-name speaker or celebrity speaker. These speakers are outside the scope of most meeting planner’s budgets. And sometimes, even if they fall within your budget, they may be unavailable for a keynote on your event date. This is where my team comes in.

Having personally seen and worked with hundreds of speakers over the past two decades plus, the Leading Authorities team is able to recommend speakers that you may not have heard of or considered based on things like location, experience level, brand affiliation, and presentation length and type, which all impact pricing. We work with you to get a feel for your meeting’s theme, topics of discussion, and goals, to make sure that you only make compromises that will have the smallest impact on your event’s success as judged by the people who matter most: attendees and stakeholders.

Many lower-cost, high-value speakers are newer to the speaking circuit, or don’t have the massive name recognition of other speakers, but still deliver a very impactful and high-level talk. The typical price range for an affordable speaker of this caliber would be between the range of $7,000-$15,000 depending on location and add-ons, like book or travel fees. We work with  affordable speakers in all topic areas ranging from inspirational speakers to technology and financial technology experts to political analysts, to name a few.

If you’re wondering how to find these great, low-budget speakers, your best bet is to reach out to our team who can provide recommendations based on the location of your event, exact budget range, and speaker availability and topic. However, here are some guidelines:

If your budget is:

  • $3,000 or less: Unfortunately, no speakers bureau can help you. Your best bet would be to find speakers who are new to the circuit and looking for experience, or to get in touch with someone who is affiliated with your organization and interested in speaking pro-bono.
  • $10,000 or less: We represent some speakers who fit into this category. Please reach out to our team for more information on these low-budget speakers and a program consultant will send tailored recommendations.
  • $10,000 or more: We represent thousands of speakers on every topic and of every type in this budget range. Please contact our team for more information, or you can use our search tools to find a speaker yourself.

Here's how to use our website to search for speakers by their fee:

  1. Go to our speaker search page.
  2. Select the appropriate topic, fee range, and speaker location, and get your results! You can also use filters including speaker type, gender, political affiliation, and more.
  3. Please note that speaker fees are different for every speaker based on the location of your event. Knowing your event's location is crucial to providing accurate pricing estimates

Are you ready to book an affordable, all-star speaker? Email, call 1-800-SPEAKER, or live chat with a member of our team right now.

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