General Questions

BEST Speakers Bureau FAQs


What are the benefits of using a speakers bureau?

 Working with a speakers bureau to secure talent for your events ensures that booking speakers, programs and entertainment for your event is the easiest part of your planning process. From developing creative programming ideas to securing the speaker to managing contracts to arranging logistics and travel plans, our experienced staff will be there with you at every step in the process.

Working with a speakers bureau like BEST offers the benefits associated with the close relationships we have developed with 0ur speakers over the years; giving you inside access to their schedules and insight as to when there is flexibility in honorarium. In addition to the experience gained through our 45 years in business, we’re flexible, so we are always prepared to handle any unforeseen situation that may arise at any point during the process. Ultimately, we work hard to help ensure that your event is a great success!

What types of speakers does BEST represent?

With a large roster of exclusive speakers in the industry supplemented by an expansive network of non-exclusive speakers, BEST has speakers to match any topic, budget, or event. Our dynamic roster of speakers includes entrepreneurs and business leaders, attorneys, pastors, entertainers, authors, and subject-matter experts from practically every field. With diverse backgrounds and experiences, our speakers can speak on any topic, including: diversity, healthcare, politics, motivation and inspiration, children and family issues, and much more. View speakers by speech topic 

What type of events are BEST speakers available for?

BEST speakers are available for a wide range of programs, events, and non-traditional engagements, including:

In addition to the traditional types of events above, a select number of BEST speakers are available for consulting engagements, television commercials and other unique engagements. Please contact us at to check a specific speaker’s availability for any type of event.

What does it mean when a speaker is exclusive?

While there are different types of exclusive arrangements, the International Association of Speakers Bureaus defines exclusive as “when the speaker has signed an agreement with a program consultant to handle all speaking engagements.” This means that exclusive speakers are represented by only one speakers bureau.

What are the benefits of being exclusive?

Exclusive representation of a speaker allows a speakers bureau to provide more efficient and effective services to both speakers and clients. BEST works intimately with our exclusive speakers to manage their calendars, fee schedules, technical requirements and other information necessary to the planning of your event. We are able to easily communicate with them directly regarding topics, fees, dates and technicalities.

How does someone become a speaker with BEST?

If you are a professional speaker and are seeking speakers bureau representation with BEST Speakers Bureau, please visit BEST’s speaker recruitment page for instructions on how to submit your materials for review. After our staff carefully reviews your information, someone will be in contact with you. Thank you for your interest in the BEST Speakers Bureau.

Fees & Costs

How much does it cost to book a speaker? / Where can I find speaker fees for the BEST speakers?

Speaker fee or honorarium* can depend on a number of different factors, including: the type of organization and nature of an event (for-profit vs. not-for-profit), how far a speaker has to travel, length and number of presentations, and demand for a speaker’s services. *Additional expenses such as travel and lodging are not included in the honorarium.

With our broad range of speakers, we can find a speaker to fit any budget.

Does it cost more to book a speaker when using a speakers bureau?

No, the speakers bureau is paid by the speaker, not the client. As a leading speakers bureau (not a booking agency), we actually know our speakers personally. This means that we know each speaker’s preferences and the factors that influence them to be more flexible in their fee requirements. These factors include type of organization, audience or event, the location of the event, and promotional opportunities for book sales, just to name a few. And, as we work with speakers on a daily basis, we are able to help you save on travel by tying into existing travel plans.


How far in advance should I start planning an event?

Optimally, events are planned 6-12 months in advance. However, we know this is not always possible. Our program consultants and event coordinators are experienced with working in much shorter timeframes and are adept at coordinating last minute bookings or replacement speakers in the case of an emergency cancellation.

If you are looking to secure one of our higher profile speakers or host an event on a popular date, we advise that you begin planning much earlier as many of our top speakers have dates scheduled up to several years in advance. Also, competition during popular time periods, such as Black History Month, can be intense.

What if my speaker has to cancel because of an emergency?

At BEST, we are pleased to boast an extremely low cancellation rate among our speakers. When the occasional cancellation does occur, it is generally attributed to something that is out of both BEST’s and the speaker’s control – such as a sudden emergency or unforeseen circumstance. Otherwise, we have a thorough process in place when planning speaking engagements that ensures accordance with our speakers’ schedules to prevent any hiccups or cancellations.

In the highly unlikely case that an emergency does arise and a speaker must cancel, we will work with you to find an appropriate replacement. Our national network of speakers offers countless options in the case of an emergency, and our 24/7 staff is more than ready to handle any last minute complications.