Q: Why should I work with Program
Resources rather than dealing directly with
A: Because we make scheduling a speaker easier
than if you were to go it alone. Just like working with a travel agent, we can save you
time and effort. We'll listen to your needs, research our database and provide you with a
list of available speaker candidates that would best fit your specific needs, objectives,
dates and budget.
Q: How much does it cost to work
with Program Resources?
A: Absolutely nothing. Our commission comes from
the speaker's fee. Speakers consider us a "marketing expense". In most cases,
you'll pay the same amount whether you work through us or contact the speaker directly.
Q: Will working with Program
Resources save me time?
A: YES! Tell us what you're looking for and we'll
do the work for you. We'll research our speaker database and provide you with a list of
potential candidates. And once you've selected a speaker, we'll take care of contracts and
Q: Many speakers are CSP's and/or
CPAE's. What do these initials stand for?
A: CSP stands for Certified Speaking
Professional, and is the highest earned designation presented by the National Speakers
Association. CSP signifies achievement through a proven record of speaking experience;
including a minimum number of fee-paid presentations, continuing education credits and
consecutive years of professional speaking experience.CPAE stands for Council of Peers
Award for Excellence. This award is given to a maximum of five members annually for
demonstrated platform excellence and professionalism.
Q: How many speakers does Program
Resources work with?
A: Within the Program Resources website, we've
featured some of our favorite speakers. But there are many more. Program Resources is a
member of the National Speakers Association. Within the NSA, there are over 4000 speakers.
That's a lot of speakers. We can provide you with the speaker who is right for your
Q: How much do speakers cost?
A: Statistics from the National Speakers
Association indicate the average speaker's fee is $3,500, plus travel. Speakers who are
early in their career may be found for $500, plus travel. Most non-celebrity speakers
charge between $1,000 and $5,000, plus travel, while experienced and nationally recognized
speakers can have fees ranging from $5,000 up to $100,000.
Q: When should I schedule a speaker?
A: Typically, the earlier you begin the
scheduling process the better. Because of their high demand, the top speaker's calendars
tend to fill quickly. For the most part, if you start looking for a speaker 6 months to a
year before your program we should have little problem with finding the right presenter
for your event.
Q: Help! I've never scheduled a
speaker before. How should I go about the
A: You've come to the right place. We'd be glad
to help you with scheduling your first speaker. With Program Resources as your partner,
the process is not so daunting.
First, click on Contact PR and fill out our form or, better yet, give us a call. Tell us
about your program, your objectives, budget, dates and location. Based on the parameters
given to us from you, we'll match your program with several potential candidates. At this
point, we'll send you a packet containing brochures, past client evaluations and
video/audio tapes for you to review. If after reviewing the promotional materials you have
any questions, give us a call and we'll provide answers to your questions. If you'd like
to speak to a potential speaker(s), we'll arrange it. Once you've selected a speaker for
your engagement, we'll take care of the
paperwork. You and the speaker will receive copies of a contract that outlines out all of
the pertinent information about your program. We'll also send you a pre-program
questionnaire that will allow you to fill out information about your program. Using this
questionnaire, the speaker will then customize his/her presentation to your specific
Q: Do I have to arrange the speakers
A: No. Travel arrangements are handled by the
speaker and/or Program Resources. After arrangements are made, we will invoice you for
travel and send you an itinerary. That's it. It's that simple.
Q: What is it like working with
A: Here are some responses we've received from
several clients and speakers:
|"Program Resources has assisted us in
our speaker selection for several years. They are always careful to recommend speakers
that best suit our needs."
Alabama Council of School Administration & Supervision
|"The expert and personal attention
always delivered by Program Resources regarding the recommendation and contracting of
motivational speakers is impressive."
Jeff Landreth, Vice President
|"How very wise we were to contact
Program Resources. Our meeting was the talk of the conference. Marolyn and her staff at
Program Resources were the most positive, pleasant, accommodating group to work with, and
I fully expect to utilize their services again and refer others to them."
North Georgia Tech
|"When Marolyn calls and says I've got a
date for you. I know it's going to be a good match for me. That's the great thing about
working for her, she will not send you where you should not go."
Bryan Townsend, CSP
|"From a speaker's perspective, I so
appreciate Marolyn's uncanny ability to help match the right speaker with the right job,
so that everyone-the meeting planner, the speaker and especially the audience- is a
winner. Marolyn dots the i's and crosses all the t's making sure every detail is taken
care of. And besides being a pure pleasure to work with, Marolyn has my complete trust,
which is the most important element in any business relationship. I recommend Marolyn and
Program Resources totally and without reservation."
Joe Calloway CSP, CPAE