Hire a Public Speaker

Here are some tips to help you find a GREAT speaker!

How to Hire a Speaker

So you’ve never hired a professional speaker before and you need to know what to look for? No problem, here are some tips to find a GREAT speaker! Feel free to use this list (no wait… please use this list) whether you are hiring Keir or not and you are so much closer to making sure that the day of your event that you look great for booking a wonderful and dynamic speaker.

1. Can you see a video? If you cannot see a video where you actually get to hear them speak to a live audience, MOVE ON! Not that the video has to be at your fingertips, sure it’s great if it’s on their site, but if after contacting a speaker they have nothing but excuses as to why they cannot show you a video on YouTube, by email or by actually mailing you a DVD (yeah, people still mail stuff once in a while, believe it or not) then you have to ask yourself why??? “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger”!

2. Check references. These should be from those who have hired your potential speaker for audiences of a similar demographic as your group. i.e, If you are booking a speaker for 500 top-level executives at the Boeing corporation, don’t accept a reference from someone who booked the speaker at a 20-member chamber of commerce meeting. Additionally, be cautious if the references are “good” but not “great” or you could end up with a “mediocre at best” speaker.

3. Talk to them! We live in a world of email and websites, and while these are often very convenient, you can get a much better feel for a speaker’s quality by actually SPEAKING to them. Ask the speaker questions about their past experience with customizing programs and how they expect to apply these skills to your program. Tune your radar in to listen for these past experiences and to how confident the speaker is about doing the same for your corporation or organization. Finding a speaker who is confident on the phone significantly increases your chance that you will find a speaker who is confident on the platform!

4. Go with your gut! After taking these steps, you will realistically know in your heart whether to hire a particular speaker or not. And while nothing can guarantee that you will find a great speaker, following these steps will assure that you are that much closer to making sure that the one you hire will leave your audience wanting more!

Public Speaking Programs

Keir offers several motivational speaking programs.  Check out these other options to find the one that’s right for your organization.

Conflict Resolution

A session that focuses on turning negative experiences into positive ones to defuse potential problems and conflicts.

The Magic Solution

A mix of magic and humor combining the conference theme with powerful stories that give your professionals the tools for change.

Mesmerizing Messages

A combination of comedy hypnosis followed by powerful messages about applying your own mindset to success.

Breakout Sessions

Break out sessions are “hands on” and allow participants the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their thoughts and opinions.

Speaker Sneakers

A program for public speakers and corporate trainers on how to tell stories more concisely and get bigger laughs from audiences.

Hiring a Motivational Speaker

Hey, I've Never Hired a Speaker

So you've never hired a professional speaker before and you need to know what to look for? No problem, here are some tips to find a GREAT speaker!

Other Services

If you need corporate entertainment or an MC for your event, Keir is also available to perform in these roles: