It is a fact that a lot of people battle to find a motivational speaker that really appeals to the needs of their audience. Often, the people who have to decide on the speaker are faced with a lot of choices about who to please, who is the most important to please, and who needs to be motivated, as well as who suits the budget!
It is vital to remember that your audience is the most important, and not just the one or two VIPs. You need to choose someone who can motivate your employees or conference attendees as intended. Often, clients are looking for a subject matter expert who can deliver top-class information, while also being entertaining and motivational, and delivering important knowledge. In some cases, this can be a tall order! Here are some guidelines that may help you to make a good choice when it comes to choosing the best motivational speaker for your conference.
- Message versus entertainment: You will need to know whether you want to impart a particular message, or whether you just need your audience to be entertained. Often, the guest speakers who are the most entertaining are not that clued up on the subject matter that you require, and often the people who are clued up on the subject matter are not that entertaining. Finding a subject matter expert that is also highly entertaining may be like mining for diamonds, but it is indeed possible to find them. It is important to speak to the agent or the speaker to find out exactly where their skills are, and to ensure that the abilities of the speaker meet the requirements of the audience.
- Budget: There is normally a very good correlation between the effectiveness of the speaker and the fees they charge. You simply cannot expect a top-notch, highly experienced motivational speaker, if you are not paying top dollar. On the other hand, you may not need a top-notch, highly experienced motivational speaker for your audience. You have to decide which needs to take priority, and assess your budget accordingly. Consider the value of the speaker from the audience’s perspective and try to gauge what they need most from the speaker.
- Do homework: Most motivational speakers will have a website where you will be able to learn more about their talents and skills. Reputable agents will be well informed about the speakers on their books and will be able to help you find the best speaker for your event, so it is worth putting in some time and looking at websites, as well asking for video clips or testimonials. Remember that the job of the agent is to promote the client, but they also have a reputation to protect, so they are very likely to point you in the right direction.
If you are looking for the most suitable motivational speaker for your conference, contact Marie Grey & Associates. We have been in the business for quite some time and will help you to find the perfect speaker for your conference. Just give us a call today!
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