Frequently Asked Questions
- How does a speakers bureau work?
Speakers bureaus act as a resource for people who plan meetings, conferences and special events. Bureaus have content experts on staff to bring speaker expertise to the attention of event planners and decision makers. WSB works with thousands of speakers who address a myriad of topic needs. We'll find the right one for you. The fees for bureau services are included in the speaker's honorarium, so there are no hidden costs to you.
After you have decided on a speaker and the speaker has accepted your invitation, WSB handles all the details. We issue the contract to the speaker and coordinate all of the details, including travel and accommodation requirements. It's as simple as that.
When you work with us, you don't have to worry about any unexpected problems - we are available to assist you 24 hours a day. Working with WSB ensures that you will have the best speaker and that you will get the best service.
- I've never booked a speaker before. Where do I begin?
Call WSB. With our years of experience and extensive knowledge of speakers, topics, and what works, we will help you every step of the way. First, we work closely with you to identify your exact needs. Our roster of exclusive speakers and enormous database of exceptional experts provides a wide range of subject areas - including business, sports, motivation, politics, media, technology, and more. We work hand-in-hand with our clients. We will help you find not only the right speaker on any given subject... but the best speaker for the type of program you are offering and your audience. Three decades of experience enable us to give you proven, expert suggestions on subject areas and topics to consider, and techniques for assembling a high-quality, successful appearance.
- Why should I choose the Washington Speakers Bureau as my speaker source?
The Washington Speakers Bureau represents the best speakers in the world. But that's not all. Over the last 30 years we have built our reputation with our outstanding service. We stake our reputation on each and every engagement. We partner with our customers to guide them to new levels of success, resulting in an extraordinary level of trust, care and commitment which are qualities you will not find in any other speakers bureau. Throughout the entire process - from selecting your speaker to the day of your event - you can take comfort in, and count on, a dedicated team of professionals who are here to make your job easy and your program a success.
- Is there a charge to do business with The Washington Speakers Bureau?
No. Our fee is contained in the speaker's honorarium.
- What is the benefit of working with a speaker's exclusive lecture agency?
As the exclusive agency for a speaker, we have direct access to that speaker with no middleman, and all speaking requests can go through our office. More importantly this means that we know the speakers better than anyone, and can advise you as to the best way to utilize them for your program. WSB has the largest exclusive roster of any lecture bureau.
- Can I preview WSB speakers?
The best way to preview our speakers is to view their online videos on our website. This is the fastest and easiest way to find the perfect speaker for your next event.
By request, WSB will send you a complimentary DVD or link to a complimentary full-length presentation.
- How much do speakers cost?
WSB represents and works with speakers of all price ranges.
To find a speaker that fits your budget, search by fee code in our advanced search or call us today to get recommendations and detailed information about an individual speaker's fees.
Please note: Speaker fees vary widely and typically do not include expenses. Expenses often include 1st class airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and any out-of-pocket expenses. Fees for international events are often subject to an incremental increase in cost.
- Does it cost more for a longer presentation?
Generally, yes. Because each speaker has a unique fee structure, we recommend that you contact us at 703.684.0555 if you have a specific format in mind.
Many speakers charge a base fee for 1-hour presentation and keynotes. This fee often increases incrementally depending on your requirements from half to full day seminars. In some cases, a speaker will charge the same fee for a presentation regardless of whether it's an hour or a full day seminar.
- Can WSB provide speakers for executive briefings and consulting services?
Yes, you name the challenge. Leadership, organizational resilience, ethics, government relations, innovation, strategy - regardless of the task at hand, WSB can help. We can find the perfect person to meet with your organization's leaders to provide insights on key challenges to your industry. Our experts will provide a greater context, and provoke a new level of inquiry to reach the heart of the issue and find meaningful solutions. To find the right individual and format to match your needs, call WSB.
- Do I have to arrange travel for the speaker?
Our nationally recognized staff of Event Managers will assist you with all travel plans, and will book many of the logistics for you. They work with you to ensure that the arrangements suit your timeline and event needs.
- What is WSB's recovery plan in the event of a problem?
We are as committed to the success of your program as you are. As a result, no matter what the problem might be - weather, changes in travel schedules, airport delays, on-site problems, etc. - we bring all of our resources and expertise to bear immediately, completely and efficiently resolving the problem.
- Is it possible to record the speaker's presentation?
Most speakers approve recording for archival purposes, but every speaker is different, and some are sensitive about taping. In all cases, you need to ask permission from WSB before recording of any kind. Please contact WSB if you have a specific need in mind.
- Will the speakers do more than just a presentation? For example, will they attend a dinner or reception as well?
Most speakers will participate in functions beyond the speech, but the extent varies by speaker. That said, all arrangements for signings, photo opportunities, Q&A sessions, etc. must be included in the firm offer. WSB is happy to work with you to craft a program that fits your needs and those of the speaker.
- Can WSB help me secure books written by a speaker?
Yes. Washington Speakers Bureau will work with you to ensure you have access to the most cost-effective source for securing large quantities of books authored by our keynote speakers. In some circumstances, we can put you in direct contact with publishers and wholesale book providers who can often fulfill your order at a discount. Other times, it is less expensive for you to order from a major online dealer, like Barnes & Noble or Amazon. In either case, we will help you select the best source for your event.
- Will I be able to communicate directly with the speaker prior to my event?
Many of our speakers are available to speak with you directly - both prior to your choosing them as your speaker as well as after the selection has been made. In any case, we will work with you to best plan and communicate your program needs to the speaker.