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In our last blog post, we introduced you to our new and improved gifted communicators directory to help you locate speakers for your next event and promote yourself as a speaker. A womensministry.net reader asked us this question in response to the post:
Thank you so much for this info. I need help with charging fees? Do you charge for traveling and expense? How do you figure out pricing? I appreciate all of your help in advance. Greater Blessings!
Well, here is the long and short of it. If you are brand new to speaking you may want to get a few speaking engagements under your belt first before you begin to charge for your services. This will give you the opportunity to get in front of a live audience, to work out your nerves and to let you see what it is like to speak. Many people begin by requesting a love offering. A love offering is a special voluntary offering where the offering plate is passed for the audience to show their appreciation for the speaker. This usually will cover the cost of travel expenses and other related expenses of the speaker. However, it is usually not large enough to contribute to a new speakers personal income, but allows them to do the ministry they feel called to do.
As you become more experienced, you will have the ability to charge more. Generally speaking, there is a speaker fee (honorarium). This usually includes any travel expenses (travel, logging, and meals). Speakers who are in demand often will negotiate a fee in addition to their speaking fee to cover travel expenses for themselves and possibly an assistant or travel companion.
What you will charge as a speaker will depend on such things as…
- When the event takes place – is it a weekend or weekday?
- How long you are requested to speak – is it 45 minutes or several hours?
- If you are asked to do anything other than speak – are you to emcee an event, perform special music etc.?
I hope you found this information helpful. Be watching for more great marketing and speaking tips on womensministry.net and as always let us know your questions. We love to hear from you!