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What Should My Budget Be For A Speaker In The UK?

by Steve Bagshaw, Managing Director, Leading Authorities International
What Should My Budget be for a Keynote Speaker in the UK?

In some ways, asking, “How much does a keynote speaker cost?” is a bit like asking, “How much does a car cost?”. The short answer is, it varies hugely. But there are some guidelines that we can share with you as well as some pointers to help you extract the maximum value from your keynote speaker event budget.

While everybody has heard the tales of, or read the reports about, former politicians receiving six-figure speaking fees for giving a leadership speech, these bookings represent a tiny fraction of those made for leadership speakers, motivational speakers, or even technology speakers overall. And the majority of these high-fee bookings tend to be in the United States.

In the UK, the price to hire a keynote speaker for an event or meeting could range anywhere from £2,500 to £150,000. Plainly, not many budgets extend to the latter, and in general the average fees are a bit lower.

However, it’s important to note that speaker fees depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The speaker's experience
  • The speaker's name recognition
  • Whether or not the speaker hosts a television show or has written a best-selling book
  • Where the speaker is travelling from
  • The speaker's schedule
  • The speaker’s desire to give paid speeches

So now, let’s get to it. Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the cost of specific types of keynote speakers:

How much does a technology speaker cost in the UK?

In London, a UK-based technology speaker will usually cost around £5,000 to £7,000. Of course, high-profile or very well-known technology speakers will cost more, but you can find fantastic options in this range. Click here to see a list of Europe-based technology speakers.

How much does a leadership speaker cost in the UK?

UK-based leadership speakers’ average rates are a little more than their contemporaries who speak on technology, often around £10,000 to £25,000. Click here to see a list of Europe-based leadership speakers.

How much does a motivational speaker cost in the UK?

The range for motivational speakers in the UK are similar to the average rates of leadership speakers, often around £6,000 to £25,000. Click here to see a list of Europe-based motivational speakers.

Please note that not all speakers in each speaker topic and type category fall exactly into these fee bands, but this works as a general guide.

On other topics, speaking rates for UK-based geopolitics speakers, economics speakers, or retail speakers all vary, as well, but would similarly be around £7,000 to £25,000.

Often people say, “That is a lot of money for a half-hour talk.” But that speech is a distillation of the speaker’s huge and varied experience at the forefront of their business or industry, paired with their analysis of how current events affect your audience and what the future holds for them.

How can I best extract the maximum value from your speaker budget?

Everybody wants the best value they can for the best speaker they can get; that is natural. In general, the more famous an individual, the more demand there is for them and therefore the higher the fee.

There are hundreds of truly fantastic speakers on motivation, technology, and leadership who are not household names, or, at least, are not yet. Their rates are lower and we spend quite a lot of time looking for new speakers for our clients. We can advise on speakers who are currently well-respected, but not yet “famous.” Their fees reflect that, and if you book them before they become very famous, you can secure a rate that is a fraction of what the will be charging a year or so later.

How does timing affect the speaking rate I will be given?

Timing is key to securing the speaker—and the rate—that you want. Whenever possible, try to book talent as early as you can to give yourself the greatest choice of available speaker and of rates.

Sometimes clients book speakers as many as 15 months ahead of their event, and have no speaker availability problems. This isn’t of course possible for all clients. Some clients can’t book talent until a couple of weeks before an event plays. This is understandable, but can result in restricted options.

Please reach out to our team if you would like us to help you find the ideal motivational speaker, leadership speaker, technology speaker, or any other type of speaker within your event's budget. You can also search our website on your own to see different types of speakers by their speaking fee range. Here are step-by-step instructions to help you navigate the Leading Authorities International website and search for speakers based on your specific criteria.

how to search for specific types of speakers by their speaking fee:

  1. Go to the speaker search page on our website.
  2. Select the appropriate topic, fee range, and/or speaker location on the top left-hand side of the search page to refine your selections and your results will show up immediately! You can also use the other filters in the gray box on the upper left side of the page including speaker type, gender, political affiliation, and more, to further refine your selections.
  3. You can sort your speaker search results by clicking on the black arrow in the "Sort By" field at the top of the page and selecting one of the two options in the drop-down menu, which will show you our exclusive speakers or our most popular speakers.
  4. Click on the blue "Check Fees and Availability" button below any of the individual speaker's names and fee quotes to get more information about a specific speaker from a member of our team.
  5. 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.

We hope this has been a helpful guide on pricing when it comes to hiring keynote speakers.

Are you looking for the ideal keynote speaker within a specific budget range? Do you have questions about a specific speaker's fees? Or are you ready to book a speaker for your next event? We can help! 

To contact our team, call +44-203-440-4196 or live chat with a member of our team right now.

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