Speaker Bureau Services - An Overview For Our Speakers
What are the benefits of working with APB Speakers International?
Speaking Requests & Schedule Management: Making Your Life Easier!
It is no doubt that you receive several requests for speaking engagements for a wide variety of event types. Sorting through these can be time consuming and frustrating. With APB Speakers International (APB) as your speakers bureau, you can place this task in our hands. We thoroughly explore each opportunity to find out which are legitimate and worth being brought to your attention. Our experience in working with so many different schools and organizations over the years has afforded us an insider’s perspective; if we aren’t familiar with a particular group, we research their mission, cause, event purpose, and audience type.
Additionally, there is also no need for you to worry about double booking or other scheduling conflicts if APB is managing your speaking engagements. Our speaker management system includes a detailed, up-to-date copy of your calendar that alerts us of any dates or times that disagree with each other. Whether you have another professional or personal commitment, we will only bring potential offers to your attention – unless otherwise instructed – that realistically fit within your schedule.
All that will be left for you to do is decide if you are interested in a particular speaking engagement. If so, APB will continue to orchestrate all correspondence, travel, event logistics, and payment from that point on.
Travel & Event Logistics
When you work with APB, we take care of every detail. From travel and hotel accommodations to event logistics, our in-house client services team handles it all. A full service travel agency, we have access to over 98% of the world’s airlines, hotels and ground transportation outlets. Available around the clock should something go awry, you can trust in our team’s experience and attention to detail. If you are facing a flight delay or cancellation, or should something else unexpected arise, we are here to find an immediate solution. Throughout the entire process, we keep you up-to-date, notifying you of any changes in travel or last minute arrangements. You can rest assured that our organized itineraries and attention to detail will make for a hassle free engagement.
Proactive Marketing & Sales
At APB, our marketing department works hard to provide a comprehensive package of support materials that will most effectively and efficiently sell our speakers to our clients. It is our goal to have on hand for each speaker a complete biography, high resolution color photograph, and carefully crafted topics with accompanying descriptions. We maintain support files for every speaker that contain press releases, testimonials, and any other information relevant and helpful in pitching you to a client.
APB is also developing quite a following on the web through Facebook, Twitter, our blog, and LinkedIn. Each of these avenues affords us an entirely new immediacy in going to market with news about our speakers. We also encourage our speakers to weigh in on hot button topics of the day, which has recently proven popular with our followers and fans. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel passionate about an issue or would like to contribute a few words to our blog. Not only is it a great way to share your views and to further expose your name to potential clients, but it is also popular among – and advantageous to – our readers to hear from a respected, knowledgeable authority on the issues shaping society and the world today.
While we work diligently to stay on top of the happenings in each of our speaker’s lives and careers, it is extremely helpful when you alert us to any upcoming events, new undertakings, press, or recognition you may be receiving. If at any point you feel your materials need to be revised and updated, or that you’d like to add or change your topic areas, please contact us and we will do so immediately.
VIP Website: Online Access to Event Details Around the Clock
In our constant effort to make working together easier and to provide our speakers with the most helpful, up-to-date information about each engagement, we created the Virtual Information Planner (VIP). Housed on our main site, you can gain access to VIP with the personalized login information that we send you whenever an event is booked. Not only does VIP provide an overview of all logistics, itineraries, and allow you to sign contracts online, but it is available around the clock should you at any time need to review event details or client information.
Media / Book Tour Enhancement and / or Management
Many of our speakers are published authors or celebrities who spend time traveling on book and media tours. Often, we have worked with our speakers' publishers, publicists and literary agents to parlay such trips into mini lecture series in the cities corresponding to those on their itinerary. This maximizes publicity as well as the overall value of the tour and travel for the speakers themselves.
Not only do we help match speaking engagements to an existing book or media tour, but we also coordinate booked speaking engagements with a speaker’s written or onscreen work. We can arrange for an event to include the sale of the book, DVD, or CD at the venue; occasionally the client opts to have it included in the event price for audience members. As always, we only offer what you permit – signings and/or photographs are discussed in advance and the terms of such will be clearly outlined in the event's contract.
At APB, we view our speakers as so much more than just presenters. We take an interest in, and have a keen understanding of, the importance of your profession, personal causes, charitable work, and life goals. As such, it is our standard to promote you as a whole, not just as a “speaker.” We aim to help you connect with events and platforms where the message aligns with those topics you are passionate about. In supporting our mission of creating the most fulfilling experience possible for each the client, the audience, and you, our speaker, we work hard to match “your brand” with the mindset of people most interested in what you have to say.
Event / Sponsor Due Diligence
Our experienced, attentive, and knowledgeable agents are the best at creatively pairing the right speakers with the right programs to ultimately create a remarkable event. A large part of this success is ensuring that there is a solid match between the topic area the speaker will cover and the content and purpose of the event. To achieve this, we don’t simply book a speaker for an event, apply a canned speech, and call it a day. Rather, we work with the client and with the speaker to tailor a speech accordingly, making certain that both parties are comfortable with the material and, ultimately, that the goals of the program are accomplished.
It is this hand-in-hand working relationship with both our speakers and our clients that allows us to conceptualize, plan, and execute events that have proven authentic and successful time and again. By creating such genuine experiences, we are able to enhance the reputation of the speaker, helping you in future endeavors on the lecture circuit and beyond.