Creating a well-designed event is a balancing act. Tapping industry leaders and controversial renegades, orchestrating brilliant panels, and throwing awesome after-parties all help draw people in, but a well-informed celebrity speaker can elevate your event to “can’t-miss” status with real punch and energy.
A well-chosen, well-prepared celebrity speaker can infuse your event’s atmosphere with a sense of excitement. And a celebrity who’s informed, articulate, inspiring, and entertaining guarantees an unforgettable impression.
Choosing the Right Fit
Looking to engage a celebrity for your event? Rule one: don’t get star-struck.
Just because you can score a celebrity speaker — or you’re a big fan personally — doesn’t mean that person is right for your event. In fact, you should consider celebrity speakers exactly the way you’d consider any other kind of speaker: Do their presence, skill set, and expertise fit? And, more importantly, are they relevant to your audience?
By hiring someone who’s the wrong fit, you’re courting disaster. Accidentally offensive jokes, mismatched humor, or a lack of industry knowledge could easily backfire. There’s also simply the awkwardness of a brand clash.
Poor celebrity partnerships can also damage both your company’s and the speaker’s reputation.
Before hiring a speaker, check out your celebrity’s reputation, experience, and expertise — and trust your own instincts. Do your homework. Does it feel right? Find a fit that’s authentic, seamless, and comfortable for both the speaker and your audience.
How Much Is Too Much to Pay?
Beyond finding the perfect fit, there’s another facet to consider when hiring a celebrity speaker: Star power comes with a price. A celebrity’s speaking fee is based on popularity and demand, and those rates can range from four to seven figures, depending on the celebrity and what he or she is being asked to do (e.g., speaking versus performing).
You shouldn’t sacrifice the quality of your event to book a single A-list act. So what is a reasonable amount of money to drop on speaking fees? It depends on your budget, your audience, and your brand.
Creating a Lasting Impression
Often, this decision boils down to one simple question: Is it worth it? You have to keep in mind the goals of your event, understand your audience’s needs, and recognize what will truly “wow” them. You might not get a hard-and-fast financial return to cover this investment, but you’re paying to create a powerful and memorable experience, and that’s hard to quantify.
Good celebrity speakers inspire action, instill confidence, and invigorate your audience. And, most importantly, they help shape events that attendees will remember. With the right celebrity partnership, you’ll create an impression that lasts for years to come.
Benefits of Hiring a Celebrity Speaker using a Speakers Bureau
Celebrity speakers not your area of expertise? On top of everything else, it can take a ton of energy, time and hard work to find the most suitable speaker for your happening. Speakers bureaus are in business to help you find the best speaker for your meeting or event. They are up on all the fads, trends, availability and will do the research and legwork for you. A speakers bureau will; source and provide customized choices; negotiate fees; do their best to stay within budget; find the right fit; coordinate speaker logistics; make any last minute changes and in the end will save you valuable time. I believe if sourcing speakers isn’t your bag why not outsource the task and work with the pros.
Whether you go it on your own or you partner with a speakers bureau. Sourcing and hiring speakers can be an involved and varied experience. In the end it’s all about recognizing what it takes for success and the perfect performance. Be organized, understand the style and content you’re looking for, check references and always remember how much you have to spend.
Creating a memorable experience pays off for you, your event, your product, and your celebrity speaker. By identifying a great-fitting match and paying an amount that will still pay you dividends, your company can host an event that becomes “can’t-miss” — and is talked about for years to come. That’s the kind of ROI you can’t pay for.
Author - Simply Life India speakers bureau
ASIA'S LEADING GLOBAL CELEBRITY MOTIVATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS BUREAU & CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT BOOKING AGENCY
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