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 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:10:49 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 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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By: julie https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-5751 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:52:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-5751 I realized quickly that the whole thing about meeting planners not paying speakers isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s why I get my own sponsors and I’m usually the only breakout speaker at a conference who gets paid. That’s why I started Speaker Sponsor, for that reason.

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-5742 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:59:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-5742 In reply to Jennifer Collins, CMP.

Jennifer, I agree.

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-5741 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:57:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-5741 In reply to Edward Chamberlain-Bell.

Here are some reasons I can think of. Other ideas are welcome!

– When you’re supporting a worthy cause/organization that can’t afford you, as a pro-bono contribution to doing something good.
– When you are a novice and the exposure and experience is worth it.
– IMPORTANT. When the contracting entity can give you something other than money that is of value to you. Examples: free access to their expensive product/facilities/services for a future period, access to their members for research purposes, recognition via a high-visibility or prestigious award, two weeks staying free in a rich member’s vacation home in some exotic place, etc.

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By: Edward Chamberlain-Bell https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2013/05/why-dont-meeting-conferences-pay-speakers/#comment-5652 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:27:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=4114#comment-5652 I’ll play devils advocate here: When is it acceptable to speak for free?

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