- What is “exclusive representation” of speakers and what is the benefit to me?
GTN has combed the industry looking for the best speakers and proven crowd pleasers. These speakers are our exclusive speakers that will make you, the meeting planner, look great. Exclusive representation means that a speaker is represented by only one speakers bureau. As such, we have immediate and direct access to our exclusive speaker’s calendars, fee schedules, technical requirements, and other pertinent information to help you plan your event in the most efficient manner possible. Exclusive representation also means our agents have personal relationships with our speakers, allowing us the access necessary to become experts on their whole program—from creation to delivery. Best of all, with a direct line to the speaker, you know that all your requests make it directly to the speaker.
- How do we make your event unique?
Rather than just suggest speakers to fill a slot, our agents will work with you to design a program that meets your needs. In addition to keynote lectures, we can put together everything from informal breakfast meetings to after-dinner fireside chats or help create line-ups for interactive panels or engaging conversations. Whatever your needs, our agents will help you define the goals of your event and attract an audience, all in a timely manner.
- I’ve never planned a speaking event before. How do I begin the process?
Call GTN today. With over 200 years of collective experience among our account executives, Greater Talent Network is the perfect place to start your event planning process. Whether you have a specific speaker in mind or no idea who you’re looking for, our staff will work with you to pinpoint the needs of your audience and find the perfect keynote lecturer to make your event an unprecedented success. We understand how important your event is, and we are never too busy to speak with you one-on-one.
With some lecture agencies you book speakers with senior executives, only to be handed off to an assistant who has not been there from the start of the process. Is their senior staff too important to see your event through to the end? From your first contact with GTN to the standing ovation that closes your event and the evaluation process that allows you to offer input about how we can better serve your needs, you will be in contact with the same account executive who is dedicated to building a personal one-on-one relationship with you to discover, anticipate and exceed your expectations. Supported by full-time travel assistance and promotional departments, the service that each GTN account executive is able to offer your organization is the most personalized and comprehensive service in the lecture industry.
- Does GTN handle international events?
Absolutely. GTN is seriously committed to the growing needs of the expanding global marketplace. That’s why several of our account executives specialize in planning events with foreign companies and for domestic companies in international venues, from Europe to South America to Asia.
- How much do speakers typically cost?
Speaker fees vary widely depending on the demand for an individual, his or her availability, and the services required. Generally, fees for keynote speeches begin between $5,000 to $10,000 and can go up to $100,000 or more, and our account executives have access to a wide variety of speakers that can accommodate a broad range of budgets. In most cases, travel and lodging expenses are in addition to the speaker honorarium, including first-class travel, accommodations and limited out-of-pocket expenses.
- How can I learn about a speaker before making my decision?
GTN’s full-time promotion and marketing department works to provide you with full biographies on each speaker, photographs, recent articles and press coverage, and letters of recommendation from previous speaking engagements. Most speakers also have excerpts from recent speaking engagements available on video, so you can preview previous speeches before booking the right speaker for your audience. You can view our speaker videos in our speaker media section as well as on our YouTube channel.
- Will I have the opportunity to make contact with the speaker prior to the engagement?
Yes. Most of our speakers are happy to talk with organizations prior to an engagement as their schedules allow. Ask your GTN representative about the possibility of setting up a conference call after a speaker is contracted for an appearance. This gives you the opportunity to clarify the expectations of your audience and get to know the speaker on a more personalized basis. Regardless of if you have talked directly with the speaker before the event, each speaker receives an extensive questionnaire filled out by your organization to help them better organize their comments for your group.
- Can a book signing be arranged in conjunction with the event?
The majority of our authors enjoy doing book signings at lecture engagements. Check with your GTN account executive prior to the event to assure that the speaker’s schedule allows for it. If you host an author, we also provide a book purchasing rider which places you in direct contact with publishers to buy books at a special discounted rate.
- Will the speaker be available for a press conference, photo session, or reception?
Speak with your GTN representative about such activities and other special requests as soon as you become aware of them. Sometimes a speaker’s schedule does not allow for participation in such events, but often arrangements can be made to accommodate them.
- Is it possible to record the event or stream it live?
Written permission must be obtained through GTN to record or stream any presentation for any use. This is to safeguard our speakers’ right to their intellectual property. In the event that you do record a program, be sure to check with your GTN representative for tips on optimizing the quality of the recording.
- In the unlikely situation something goes wrong…
While most events go off without a hitch, we believe in being prepared for every eventuality. Apart from our agents, who are available to you 24/7, our team of event and travel coordinators are always on hand to make changes to any flight at any time, 24/7. Our travel coordinators are seasoned professionals trained to always keep an eye on the weather, to take into consideration every mode of transportation, and to remain calm while dealing with last minute snow storms and other acts of god. Our reputation is impeccable, because we believe in planning for every circumstance. Our goal is to ensure your success.