4 Must-Ask Questions Before Hiring A Motivational Speaker

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Hiring a motivational speaker can be a great choice in a number of situations. For instance, if you're the owner of a company, perhaps bringing in a motivational speaker could help to boost employee morale and productivity. Or, if you're an administrator at a school, bringing in a motivational speaker to talk to students at an assembly can be a wonderful experience for all involved. Still, no two speakers are the same--so there are a few important questions you'll want to ask before you decide to hire a motivational speaker.

Will Your Fee Include More Than Stage Time?

Most motivational speakers will be happy to provide you with a quote for their services during or even before your initial consultation. However, you may want to make sure that quote includes not just the stage time, but time for a pre-event meeting or follow-ups as well. After all, you may very well want to meet with the speaker before he or she presents to your group, as well as afterwards. Make sure you won't be charged extra for this.

How Many Groups Have Invited You to Speak Again?

One way to get a better idea as to the quality of the speaker's abilities (aside from maybe watching a recorded performance of theirs online) is to inquire as to their percentage of return customers. For example, if 70% of the speaker's customers invite him or her to return year after year, this is probably a good sign. On the other hand, if they've never had a return customer, it may be time to look elsewhere.

Will You Take Questions From the Audience?

In some scenarios (such as a very large speaking event) it may not be feasible to accept questions from the audience after the presentation. However, if you're hiring a speaker to talk to a smaller group, he or she should be willing to answer at least a few questions after the presentation. If not, then your audience may feel like they're being lectured to rather than engaged in a meaningful discussion.

How Do You Customize the Material for the Audience?

Speaking of the audience, you should also find out exactly how your speaker plans on customizing his or her speech material for your unique audience. For example, your speaker should have a different approach for speaking to a group of middle-schoolers than he or she does with a group of middle-aged professionals.


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