Hiring a motivational speaker for the first time can be quite an intimidating task, especially when you are unfamiliar with how things work in the business. When you do decide to pay someone to be your keynote speaker for a motivational assembly, there are certain things that you should remember. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the abundance of motivational speakers vying to speak in front of your audience, but not all of them may be able to give you what you need. Only a handful of them are truly exceptional speakers who can really make a difference in your target crowd. While options are great, too many can also be a curse, so follow a specific guideline to make sure you are getting the best for your audience. Here are key steps in hiring a motivational speaker:
1. Set a budget. Decide on a specific range. Expect to pay upwards of a couple thousand dollars when hiring an outsider to speak to your students/community. Set a specific figure that you are willing to spend to make your choice easier and create proper parameters for your budget.
2. Know what you want/need from the speaker. Decide what type of speaker your audience will appreciate most and what kind of message you want to send through the speech. Motivational speakers can be inspirational, funny/comical, great story tellers, or deliver cutting edge content. Some are a combination of some or all of these. Deciding on a particular topic will help you narrow down your choices to experts in the subject matter.
3. There are many ways you can go about looking for a good motivational speaker. You can ask around to get recommendations from other people who have recently worked with a good resource speaker, contact a local speakers bureau, or do your own research online to find good names you can do further research on.