To answer this question, you first need to ask yourself: "Will a political speaker help meet my event's goal?" Depending on your organization and the purpose of your event, hiring a political speaker may be exactly the right move to make the function a huge success. If you are hosting a fundraising event, popular political speakers can be a tremendous draw for potential donors and can greatly aid you in meeting your goal.
Sometimes the draw of a speaker by name and reputation can be enough to meet a goal; other times you may need to see if the speaker would be willing to engage in additional activities to help get you where you need to be. For example: a speaker may be willing to attend a private reception before or after the speaking engagement, which could go a very long way toward attaining the goal you have for your event. Not all speakers are willing to attend additional events, but an experienced agent can assist you in determining such availability and other key factors.
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To determine which political speaker would best fit your event, you'll want to consider your audience and the topic(s) you want covered. If you are going to be inviting a mostly conservative crowd, you may not want to book a political satirist; In such an instance, you would be better served by a reputable conservative speaker or a neutral commentator -- such as a network news correspondent.
Speaking to an experienced talent agent is a perfect first step. The agent will have significant knowledge about the speakers that are available and which audiences and venue each one is best suited for. Make sure you have plenty of time before your event to fully explore your options before hiring a political speaker, because you'll want to make sure that you and the agent have had plenty of time to attain just the right fit.
Political speakers can also be extremely inspirational, especially if they have a background in activism or are an elected official with an extraordinary background or life story.
If you want to make sure that the ins and outs of hiring a speaker are done correctly, then yes, you'll definitely want to employ the services of a respected talent agency's speakers bureau. Very often, political speakers will have very specific requirements about what they will and will not speak about and when they are available. Talent agents help communicate these particulars to interested clients, so as to avoid any confusion or undesired surprises later on down the road.
Speakers bureau agents are used to booking talent for events and will be able to any answer questions you might have. Some speakers will be willing to do meet and greets with audience members or book-signings, whereas others may choose to arrive right before their talk and leave immediately after they are finished.
You may also be required to provide transportation, lodging, or security services for your political speaker. Some speakers have riders attached to their contracts that require they be provided with certain accommodations, like a specific brand of bottled water or a particular airline or hotel chain. Going through the speakers bureau at a professional talent agency can make these potentially overwhelming and costly arrangements much easier to handle.
Contact our speakers bureau division today, and we can tell you all about how to book a political speaker for your next event!