How Much Do Motivational Speakers Cost?
Motivational speaker rates or fees vary as much as car prices … from a beat-up, 24 year old Ford Pinto to a top of the line brand-spankin’-new Mercedes. But there are some guidelines and ball-park ranges that can get you started. This article may not answer all of your questions about speaker rates, but it should at least be a good starting place for a conversation about fees. How much do motivational speakers cost? Read on!
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Do Motivational Speakers or Humorist Speakers Charge “by the hour”
Generally speaking… nope. Once a speaker has saved a date for a particular client – and promised not to sell it to a different client – prepared for and traveled to the event site, the difference between speaking for 5 minutes or 85 minutes just isn’t that important.
If I promise you that I’ll be at your event I will charge my fee regardless of the amount of time I speak. When you hire a motivational speaker you’ve bought his or her time whether or not you use it all.
It is a little like going into Krispy Kreme and telling them you want a discount because you are only going to eat 2 bites of the doughnut. It doesn’t matter to them: they cannot re-sell the remaining doughnut so you buy the whole shebang no matter how many bites you take.
My speakers’ fees generally are in three categories:
1. Keynote (Up to 90 minutes.)
2. 1/2 day. (I do a ton of “seminar” type events.
3. Full Day. (For full day seminars and also Emcee / Master of Ceremonies jobs.)
Can you give us a sample rate sheet?
Even finding price / fee ranges for keynote speakers is hard is hard. A sample rate sheet for motivational speakers isn’t as common as you might think. Telling you how much speakers charge is kinda like herding cats. But generally, entry-level professional speakers who are the start of their career might be somewhere in the $2500 to $3000 range. Speakers who charge less than that might have full-time jobs (besides speaking professionally) and have fewer credentials and experience. (You might find a speaker in the lower price ranges that does well for you… but generally speaking, groups that require excellence will have to pay more.)
Fee structures for more experienced and professional motivational speakers (generally — remember there are tons of exceptions!) range from about $6,000 to $20,000.)
Celebrity motivational speakers’ fee structures might range anywhere from $35,000 to $235,000. Gosh… I don’t even know how to comment. It seems to me that we could all do more with $235,000 than spend an hour with a speaker, but who am I to say? (I can tell you that by comparison, I’m a huge bargain!)
How Much Do Motivational Speakers Charge? What is my fee structure?
What is your budget?
No, it’s not a negotiation tactic. Knowing your budget helps us to help you. We generally like to send you a proposal with 2 to 7 choices on it… All within your budget. But we need to know at least what “fee family” you are in. It’s silly for us to recommend a full-on convention make-over for $20,000 if that just isn’t in your budget. But it’s also silly for us to leave out some of the high-end offerings if you can afford them. (So let us know what you’re working with and we’ll do our bests
In other words, I like to figure out desired outcomes first, and then quote a fee that helps reach that outcome. That’s pretty hard to put on a menu.
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