Sunday, January 15, 2006

I want a professional speaker with something to say

We just had a call (on Saturday) from a client who wants to book a professional, keynote speaker who has something of real value to share with his group.

We book professional speakers and keynote speakers who have great programs that have been tried and tested and very successful for many years.

Sometimes they just have one speech... "Sometimes people have called them, "the one trick pony". If it's a great speech, they can build a whole career on it.

And then there are professional speakers and keynote speakers who customize programs for different industries and different levels of people who are in the audience.

Over the years we have booked motivational speakers who customized their programs to include topics like: teamwork, or team building, customer service, leadership, change, innovation, creativity, marketing, management, negotiations, thinking outside of the box, - you get the idea.

When you want to book a speaker, just don't ask if they customize programs. . .
Ask to what level they customize and if you can see their pre-program questionnaire

You should ask about their experience in your industry such as high0tech, retail, automotive or finance, and then find out what kind or depth they can offer.

Make it Happen

Frank Candy
American Speakers Bureau

Saturday, January 14, 2006

It's My First Time Booking a Professional Speaker

This is my first time booking a professional speaker. What do I need to consider?

This was sent to us by Lisa in California. She shared that she is a college graduate, majored in event planning, and needs to hire a motivational speaker who specializes in leadership.

Contracting the Engagement: It is important to clearly outline the activities in which you wish your speaker to participate in the original contract. For example, if you contract a professional speaker to deliver only a keynote address, the contract fee is for this service only. Requesting an autograph session or participation in a VIP reception after the contract has been signed may result in additional fees.

Payment Terms: A non-refundable deposit is collected at the time a speaker is booked for the event. This deposit guarantees the date will be reserved for you on the speaker's calendar. In the event of a cancellation by your organization, the deposit will be forfeited. If a cancellation occurs within 60 days of the event date, the entire fee and any already-incurred travel/preparation expenses will be due.

Send me you questions or give us a call,


Frank Candy

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

American Speakers Bureau AWARD for Professional Speaker of the Year

American Speakers Bureau AWARD for Professional Speaker of the Year

Professional Speaker Colonel Rick Searfoss has won the coveted International Professional Speaker Of The Year Award by the American Speakers Bureau Corporation in Orlando, Florida. Rick Searfoss was chosen from thousands of professional speakers, motivational speakers, keynote speakers and inspirational speakers.

Colonel Rick Searfoss, has over twenty-five years experience as a leader in some of the most demanding team endeavors possible - human space flight, test flying, and tactical military aviation. Rick has unsurpassed credibility and experience coupled with "out-of-this-world” speaking skills! Since leaving NASA, Rick has become involved in a series of dazzling entrepreneurial ventures with Burt Rutan as the Chief Judge for the highly successful and innovative Ansari X Prize competition for a 10 million dollar prize to the first private team to develop and fly a reusable human-carrying spacecraft. Rick continues to stay right in the middle in some of today's most innovative leading-edge projects: Vice President of the Zero Gravity Corporation, XCOR Aerospace experimental rocket plane test pilot, and as a flight test, leader and spokesperson for numerous space entrepreneurial ventures. Plus he was invited for a guest appearance on Donald Trump’s hit show, The Apprentice.

Each year American Speakers Bureau picks just one professional speaker who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership and teamwork in our industry.

Rick Searfoss joins a distinguished group of professional speakers who have won this award including, Dr. Nate Booth, (three times) Dr. Johnny Miller, (twice) Mr. Pat Williams, founder of the Orlando Magic Basketball Team, and Astronaut, Dr. Story Musgrave.

Rick is the sixth professional speaker to win this prestigious ward in eleven years. The founder and president of American Speakers Bureau, Mr. Frank Candy said: “Rick Searfoss has demonstrated sophistication, style and professionalism above and beyond all the rest. Rick is a class act a great vision for the future and outstanding wisdom for every level of business people. Rick uses out-of-this-world stories about the right stuff and outstanding delivery skills that move the audience to believe they can achieve anything. Rick is a true American hero and we are honored to give him this great award.”