Make sure you do not miss out on a paycheck. Get the inside scoop in the report on International Fee Levels that is available now on Speakersloft.com.
Maybe you work at a fixed fee or trust your agent to handle these things for you. That is fine, but you should still know this:
During our research, it became quite apparent that there are considerable deviations between countries when setting fee levels. If you - or your agent - are unaware of these, there is a real chance that you will either:
- Set your price too low, and risk missing out on a fair fee (or worse: a potential client think you are not professional because you charge way lower than the market standard)
- Set your price too high, and risk the customer walking away.
You don't want either of these things to happen.
Helping you set the price right
We provide an overview of what speakers typically pocket for speaking on various topics. We hope that you use these as a sort of index marker to find out what companies will pay. If you're new to the game, maybe ask a little less than the median fee. If you've been at it for years, then maybe push the envelope a little bit.
At any rate, start with the facts.
Use the numbers as indexes
Simply put, using the numbers means that if you usually speak in France and get a client in Germany, you should consider the general market difference - and adjust accordingly.
For instance, you may generally charge 3000 Euros to speak in France, where the median fee is 3762 USD. In Germany, the median price is 4560 - or a 21% increase. So don't ask for 3000 euros as you usually do in France - ask for 3000 euros + 21% (a total of 3630 euros). It is the german-market equivalent of your regular fee. Do this just once, and your membership to Speakers Loft is paid for for the next year.
The report pays for itself if you actively use the numbers in this way.
You can do the same if you are transitioning from one topic to another. There is way more money to make if you speak about technology than anything else, but exactly how much? It is all in the report.
Don't let the man get you down
There is no reason for women to be paid less than men. But the gender gap will not close as long as we're not upfront about fees. To help out, we've included an analysis of gender parity in the report.
Look in the report to see how much women make compared to men.
Use this in your work to make sure you are paid fairly. You're not only doing yourself, but also your fellow female speakers a great service by standing on your fee.
Do this successfully just once, and the Report on international Fee Levels 2019 will have paid for itself.
Are you going at it for free?
Fee levels are essential for several reasons. Partly, you owe it to yourself to get paid for going on stage and sharing your expertise, and partly you effectively undermine your fellow speakers if you keep speaking for free.
Don't get us wrong; there is nothing terrible about speaking for free now and then. If you are speaking free to get some recommendations or trying out new material, that is fine. If you are on stage for free to support a charity, then good on you. Doing so is also worth it.
But speaking for free to get big brand names on your resume may not be such a good idea in the long run. As a professional speaker, you should work the long-term angle and help create a bigger pie for all speakers. Do this by getting paid.
We hope the report on international speaker fee help. Subscribe and get the report immediately.
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