Are You a Slowpoke Speaker?

First published Sept. 27, 2014.

Meeting planners have told me that their biggest headache with speakers they want to book is the slowness with which speakers respond with necessary information. This is self-defeating behavior.

On the day I receive an invitation to speak I will work all that day, if necessary, to get any requested info to a meeting planner by 4-5 PM that day. Or if I receive the request late in the day I will work late into the night so that the requested info is waiting in the meeting planner's inbox by morning. I respect money and several thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at.  So I will do what it takes to be the most professional speaker I can be.

Not so, it seems, with some other speakers. If you didn't know this about me already: 
Sometimes I test clients and speakers to see if they are made of the Right Stuff. 

When I started a speaker bureau and then a speaker agency (there is a difference), I accepted a few speakers with no listing fee. Perhaps 50% never sent their information for me to post. And nine out of ten of the remaining speakers took months to send me anything... but usually only enough to fill a half-page. (Two full pages was normal for my web sites.)

If I were a speaker who wanted to be profiled and represented by my then speaker agency, 
Andrea Reynolds International Speaker Agency (ARISA), I would send everything requested within 24 hours.... even if I didn't have all the money at that moment to pay for the listing.

I'd be thinking: "OK, what if Andrea receives a request for a speaking engagement that I would be perfect for? If she doesn't have any info on file about me, she can't recommend me. If I get what I have to her now she will see that I'm a go-getter."

But sadly, when a meeting planner asks me how fast a certain speaker responds to my requests I have to refer to my notes and tell the truth. If a speaker is pokey with me (as in slow-poke), they will be pokey with meeting planners, too, and that's not good for business, 
your business.

So do yourself a favor. Learn to respond faster. I'm not going to be your mother and nag you. You're an adult and capable of motivating yourself. And if you're not feeling motivated, then please don't bill yourself as a motivational speaker!

If speakers had believed they had the Right Stuff to be represented by my speaker agency, they needed to show me. 

If you think you have the right stuff as a speaker, my Speaker's Promotion Kit will show you the kinds of information meeting planner wants to receive from you.

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