Q: Should I contact the speaker directly?
A: Generally, no. While the speakers certainly want to talk with you, they have equipped me to get you the information you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because I have virtually no social life, I am generally available and if there’s a question I can’t answer, I can send up a bat signal to the respective speaker to get an answer.
Q: Who’s your best speaker?
A: Every situation, audience, budget, and desired content has a “best fit.” Every speaker has a different approach, feeling tone, experience level, and message. We can tell you who is being booked most frequently but that person may still not be the best fit for your group. We’ll talk about your needs and provide you with enough testimonials, etc. to make an informed decision.
Q: How are the speakers’ fees structured?
A: Generally, fees are grouped as keynote, half day, or full day. A keynote is a general session typically lasting 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. A half day is considered 4 contiguous hours or less and preferably in either the morning or afternoon. A full day is no more than 7-8 contiguous hours. Also, many of the speakers offer consecutive or multiple day discounts and have separate pricing for sessions requiring additional licensing/royalties (such as the REBAC or REBI courses).
Q: What does BettsWorks’ services cost?
A: To you, the Client, Nada Nothing Zero. The speakers have a contract with us and pay us. Which leads to the next question . . .
Q: Would it be cheaper to go directly through the speaker and bypass BettsWorks?
A: The speaker’s fee should be the same, regardless if you work through us or approach him or her directly. What you are losing is the additional service we can provide, you’re not saving on cost.
Q: How far ahead do I need to book a speaker?
A: The sooner the better. Peak season dates tend to fill first; those being in February-March-April and (especially) September-October. You can “hold” a date at no cost; a hold gives you the first right of refusal. Holds are generally issued for 30 days but can be extended. A hold means your group is interested in a particular date but can’t yet commit; however, should another group want the same date, your group will need to secure the date with a contract or release it to another group ready to contract.
Q: What if we need to cancel a contracted date?
A: In general, the contracts allow for a date to be cancelled once as long as is rescheduled. Ask to see a copy of that speaker’s cancellation policy for specifics.
Q: Who provides the contract?
A: The contract is an agreement between the Client and the speaker. BettsWorks facilitates the contract’s execution by both parties.
Q: Where do I send the contract and deposit?
A: Your payments go directly to the speaker. Everything else goes through BettsWorks.
Q: Will the speaker provide me with promotional flyers, etc.?
A: No. But we do try to provide you with as many materials as possible that you can use in your promotion of the event. To that end, if we have videos, graphics, testimonials, articles, or anything else we think might help you in your quest to bring in attendance, we’ll share. We don’t usually have preset promotional flyers as we’ve found that the “pieces, parts” of promotion are more useful to the widest range of clients over a static flyer.