What Type of Speaker are you looking for?

Types of Professional Speakers are:

1. Celebrity Speakers

  • Speakers by virtue of their being either a Sports celebrity, a Politician, an Actor etc.
  • Usually get invited to speak at functions as a Crowd draw card and speak about their experiences in their own field.
  • They also often act as MC’s at events.
  • They usually speak on a full time or part time basis and command good speaking fees for their keynote talks and breakaway sessions

2. Circumstantial Speakers

  • Speakers by virtue of a Circumstance such as An Accident, Traumatic Experience , Life Surviving Event etc
  • They usually concentrate on telling their story as their core speech.
  • They usually speak on a full time or part time basis and command good speaking fees for their keynote talks and breakaway sessions

3. Experts Who Speak

  • These speakers are usually Subject Level Experts by virtue of Academic Studies, Self Study, Work Experience and or a mixture of all of these.
  • They speak at conferences and events based on their Specialist knowledge and experience.
  • They usually speak on a full time or part time basis and command good speaking fees for their keynote talks and breakaway sessions.

4. Industry Speakers

  • These are mostly executives and experts inside of business and industries who speak on their specific specialist fields.
  • They usually do not charge a fee for their services as they speak on behalf of their organisations and gain exposure as payment.
  • However of late they too are demanding a speaker’s fee or at least direct cost compensations.

5. Motivational and Inspirational Speakers

  • These are speakers who concentrate on the emotional upliftment and rejuvenation of the spirit of their audiences through Motivational and Inspirational Stories, Anecdotes and Value Principles etc.
  • They are most often called on as Opening or Closing Keynote presenters at conferences, Strategic Planning sessions, management or sales meetings and the like.
  • They usually speak on a full time or part time basis and command good speaking fees for their keynote talks and breakaway sessions.

6. Entertainers

  • These include comedians, magicians, ventriloquists and others who use "speaking plus" to get their point across
  • They usually speak/perform on a full time or part time basis and command good speaking fees for their keynote talks and breakaway sessions.

7. Trainers

  • These are Speakers who provide Training Courses, Seminars and Workshops in many different fields of expertise.
  • They also often speak on their subjects of expertise at Conferences and Seminars and from time to time present keynotes on their fields at such events as well.

One thought on “What Type of Speaker are you looking for?

  • Great article! Simply states the different types of speakers to help event professionals decide what kind they might be looking for.

    If only you could also put a rating or star system to each group that signifies how good they might be on the platform as I find ‘celebrities’ are often not that great a speaker but rely on their name appeal.

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