LAI Speaker Resources

Welcome to Leading Authorities, Inc.! We're excited to be working with you. Below, you can find answers to what to expect during your first few weeks, frequently asked questions, and much more.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Onboarding Financial FAQs Speaking Increasing Visibility



  • Speaker Profile Form
    • We want to know as much as possible about you, your traveling preferences, and even your food allergies to make each booking a smooth experience
  • W9 Form
    • Before we can pay you for your first speaking engagement, the W9 Form needs to be filled out and returned to us
  • What we need from you
    • Bio
    • Speaking topic descriptions (if available)
    • Video of you speaking and links to TV hits (if available)
    • Headshot and any other materials we could use for marketing efforts
  • Expected next steps
    • Connect with content manger on crafting materials for our site and marketing promotions
    • Schedule meeting with Sales and Marketing teams as well as book agents
    • Approve draft page
    • Webpage will go live

Financial FAQs


Is a speaker taxed on LAI's commission?

No, a speaker is only taxed on the amount they are paid.

Will I need to fill out a W9?

Yes, you can find the W9 Form here.

Will I be receiving a 1099?

Yes, we will send you a 1099 each year, by January 31st of the next year, to the email that we have on file for payment communications.



Is liability insurance necessary?

Insurance of any sort is not required but it is up to the speaker to decide whether or not they would like to purchase liability insurance. 


  • Speaker Visits
    The goal of this meeting is for our sales and marketing teams (approx. 20 people), to better understand how to market and sell you effectively. At the end of it, we want them to be able to describe topics you are passionate about, get a feel for your style, and genuinely get to know you. To do this effectively, we suggest you give a highlights version of your talk, apx. 20-25 minutes, use visuals if you intend to use them in a speech, tell us your best story, funniest jokes, and treat the meeting much like you would a paid opportunity. Following your presentation, we will do 5 – 10 minutes of Q&A. 

Increasing Visibility

  • Book Deals
    • LAI Literary is Leading Authorities’ resource for talent seeking to write and publish works of non-fiction. A collaboration between Leading Authorities, Inc. and Washington, DC-based literary agency, Ross Yoon, LAI Literary fields proposals and assists clients in conceiving, developing, and licensing future best-selling books.
  • Help Us Help You
    • Rephrasing the famous words of Jerry McGuire, "Help us help you!" Now that we are working together, we want to ensure that you are getting the best exposure through us and you!