Comments on: Why don’t meeting conferences pay speakers? https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/ Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:57:29 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-75870 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 17:57:29 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-75870 In reply to Patty Boyd.

Patty, that’s such a good question that I answered it in a “Dear Adrian” blog post that can be found here. Thank you so much for asking it!

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By: Patty Boyd https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-75865 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:51:01 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-75865 In reply to samueljsmith.

I agree that the willingness of some people to speak for free is the biggest hurdle to fixing this problem. If people agree to speak for free, then why would the organizers change their practice?

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-72142 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:04:44 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-72142 In reply to Kachina.

The quick answer to your question is “Ask them!” You wouldn’t decide how much to pay a plumber to fix your toilet or a hairdresser to cut your hair; you’d ask them.

So explain your situation and ask your speaker how they would like to be compensated. Don’t pitch that they should do it for free. Ask them. That’s a respectful (and normal) thing to do when asking someone to do something for you.

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By: Kachina https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-72127 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:49:59 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-72127 I have a question. I work for a small non-profit and host events…in person events I pay for the speakers’ food and all other activities (including river rafting). When in person event the cost of the event is covered in ticket price.

I am thinking about hosting a free online event but that means I won’t have money coming in. So how should a speaker be compensated?

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-71823 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:59:40 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-71823 Here’s one I haven’t heard before. Today I was asked by a for-profit company to be on a panel about online meetings. No mention of payment. When I inquired, I got the following reply:

“We’re a pre-revenue company so our panels aren’t paid engagements.”

I will try that next time I need a plumber. “I am a pre-revenue homeowner, so our repair opportunities aren’t paid engagements.” Sure to work.

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By: Convention Nation https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-66898 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 15:45:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-66898 In reply to tracibrowne.

Traci, we just came across this thread and we must say we completely agree with you. Convention Nation hears your pain, and we will encourage our attendees to review the speakers at the events they attend. If your theory is correct, the unpaid speakers will stand out in the comments.

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By: O-Theopalavos https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-12013 Wed, 07 May 2014 00:16:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-12013 This forum is great! Why don’t we start our own speech delivery organization?TEDEAD.com 🙂 Bad idea?

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By: O-Theopalavos https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-11778 Mon, 05 May 2014 07:17:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-11778 This forum is great! Why don’t we start our own speech delivery organization? TEDEAD.com 🙂 Bad idea?

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By: Anne Thornley-Brown https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-8419 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:47:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-8419 A related pet peeve is groups that book the most expensive hotel in town and then want to low ball the speaker or team building facilitator. I have even had non-profits ask if I would speak for free after they had booked one of the most expensive hotels in the area and realized there was nothing left in the budget for professional development. This is definitely putting the cart before the horse. I guess the answer should be “Sure if you can convince my landlord (or the bank that holds my mortgage) to let me stay in my house for free this month and the grocery store to let me have my groceries for free, I will be happy to speak for free.

The sad part is that it isn’t just companies with budget challenges pulling these stunts. Just this week a company in the financial sector contacted us and asked if we could do team building for a very large group for $30 – $40 a person. You guessed it, they were already locked into a contract with the most expensive hotel in town. Sorry….my mother did not give birth to any stupid children.

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-5754 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:25:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-5754 In reply to julie.

That’s an interesting idea Julie. I have to say, though, that most conference organizers would not, in my experience, allow you to include your external sponsor’s logo/brand on room signage or conference kiosks as your website suggests.

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