“What will a horse eat if it befriends the grass?” – Ancient Asian Wisdom
Yes, the pay gap happens for sure when companies or conference organisers/planners are looking to hire speakers (for a talk, training, coaching etc.) for their event. Sadly, there is a pay gap between a male and a female speaker. But it does not stop there. There is a burning issue of not getting hired because of the speaker’s skin colour, ethnic background or nationality.
So, this is what happens, a number of speakers male or female are often asked to carry out a free talk, training, workshop, coaching or emcee with the promise of the possibility of marketing exposure, the possibility of prospects and possibility of payable events for the future. There are those very few occasions where things do happen. Although, most speakers I know have fallen for this and very rarely a few get any of this.
“Speaking is my business. Like any business, there’s a cost involved. And a value to the customers who purchase it.” -Richard Oberbruner
A professional speaker tends to have a good website showing his/her areas of expertise, videos in action and free content (blogs, downloads, ebooks, etc.) to serve anyone who is visiting their site. Professional speakers through the years have invested time and money to develop their expertise, public speaking skills and powerful presentations required to make an event successful. Yet, numerous companies and conference organisers/planners seem to forget this, ignore this or simply are looking to pay some speakers and not others.
It is great to deliver free talks for charities, CSR initiatives or supporting something you truly believe in. Yes, there could be times when a talk may be done for no or low fee, but not for free. Note: “non-profit” does not necessarily mean “charity”. It could be serving communities through events carried out by Up Your Game, Ideas & Inspiration or similar initiatives who focus on transforming the people of the world into something better through the sharing of powerful practical ideas. And then there are scenarios where strategically it makes sense to carry the talk based on certain thing you require in return (here is where talking to a seasoned speaker who has great business acumen helps).
“I politely say they are not paying me to speak for an hour. They are paying for my years of expertise and experience.” -Dane L. Logan
Yes, we would love to be a part of your events and at the same time going back to the quote “What will a horse eat if it befriends the grass?” we have to feed our employees, family, our-self, our business, CSR initiatives, develop our-self professionally and more. Let us not forget the taxes as well. There has to be a fee associated with the service we deliver.
Trust companies and conference organisers/planners of events understand like they need to earn a living to feed themselves and their family…the same goes for any professional speaker out there whose business is to speak.
Kindly, respect the profession.
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