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    General Questions

    What types of Speakers can I find on SpeaknSpark?

    • SpeaknSprk is currently focused on all topics related to resilience (leadership, communications, preparedness, covid, business continuity, mental health, public safety, and risk). The most common professionals and experts are:
      Homeland Security, FEMA, CDC, Military, Floodplain Managers, Geographer, Geologic Service, County Government (Emergency Managers, PIO), Hazardous Material Mgmt, Risk Assessment, Business Continuity, Disaster Survivors, Emergency Preparedness for Hospitals, Universities, Utilities, Fire, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Nonprofit, ER Physicians, EMT, and Business as well as Disaster Survivors.
    • You can search for experts by topic, budget, location, language, and audience reviews
    • If you are unable to find a speaker that fits your criteria, reach out to us at info@speaknspark.com. We have a large network to draw from for any topic. Try us out!
    SpeaknSpark will thoughtfully expand to other fields- our focus is on fields that are collaborative and communication heavy - where sharing knowledge is crucial.
  • To stay updated with SpeaknSpark expansion or suggest a topic/field that could benefit from a SpeaknSpark community- tell us here

How can I create an account?

  • Creating an account is simple- Sign Up
  • Choose the Speaker, Event Leader, or Audience Member profile. Demo videos for creating an account and using the site as a:
    Event Leader
    Audience Member

How is SpeaknSpark different from a traditional speakers bureau?

SpeaknSpark is an improved modern version of a speakers bureau. As a marketplace to source expertise, SpeaknSaprk is an innovative and convenient centralized resource to browse, bridge, and book Speakers and Experts across disciplines. This marketplace offers more choice, more information, and more access for Event Leaders. This end-to-end marketplace allows Event Leaders to conveniently browse, securely book, and collect customized audience feedback. Modernizing the traditional Speakers Bureau, Speakers create their own profile offering instant visibility and potential to share their messages with a broader audience. Speakers decide their interest, schedule, and specific event fee after receiving extensive details included the event request process.
IMPORTANT: SpeaknSpark is structured to empower all Experts to share their knowledge and every event organizer to directly access expertise. SpeaknSpark charges no listing fees and no search fees. Speakers manage their schedule and fees without any exclusivity clauses or minimums. Structuring SpeaknSpark, we've purposefully removed all barriers encouraging Experts to join and amplify their field. .
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How can I search and browse SpeaknSpark Speaker listings?

  • Simple Search- Enter the location (city or zipcode) or keyword
  • Advanced Search- Narrow your search your location, focus, language, session type, and budget criteria

How do I change my password or update my account information?

Update your account information or password- Sign In and update both under the “My Account” user menu.
Forgot your password- Sign In and select the “Forgot your password” link and follow the prompts.
To update your Speaker Profile, Sign In, find the top "My Account' menu, select "Speaker Profile", and click on the Setting button to the right of your profile name to choose edit.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Each Speaker selects their own cancellation and refund policy. Their policy is listed on their Speaker Profile page. If an Organizer needs to cancel an event, they first need to contact the booked Speaker(s) to see if there can be an alternative arrangement. If not, the Event Leader will need to contact SpeaknSpark at info@speaknspark.com and refunds will be processed according to Speaker refund policy. Service fees are nonrefundable.

I have a question- who can I contact at SpeaknSpark?

We would love to hear from you at info@speaknspark.com

Do you have an app?

Not yet, however, our website is responsive and is optimized to be used on mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops.
When creating or completing your Speaker Profile, we do suggest using a laptop or desktop for ease. Pur preferred browser is Chrome.

Can I sign up as a Speaker or Audience Member and still book a Speaker?

You may wear many hats and with separate emails, you can sign up as each type of user. You must sign up as an Event Leader to book speakers. If you have already signed up as a Speaker or Audience member, sign up as an Event Leader with a different email and you will manage each account separately. Speakers and Event Leaders can also review speakers.

What is an Event Report? What is an Event Report vs Speaker Report?

The Event Report and Speaker Report are customized feedback and analysis for both the Event Leader and Speaker to make it easier to collect and interpret audience feedback. As an enhanced feedback tool that collects and combines audience feedback and audience demographics to create a visual report of audience reviews. The customized generated Event Report provides additional insight and potential areas for growth. The Event Report includes custom feedback about the event and each specific Speaker.

The Speaker Report is specifically designed for speakers. Similar to the Event Report’s analysis but the Speaker Report is narrowed to reviews related to the Speaker. This report analyzes reviews by demographics of age, gender, industry, experience, and education.

Both reports are an enhanced feedback tool designed to foster growth and success for Event Leaders and Speakers.

Speaker Profile Listings

Can I save my Speaker profile without submitting it?

Yes, your profile will automatically save until you are ready to submit it. Once you've submitted your profile you can edit and update it at your convenience

What is the difference between the Short Summary and the Highlights sections of the Speaker Profile?

The Highlights is basically a condensed version of your summary section.
Short Summary: a narrative of your total experience as a speaker. The short summary should give a condensed clear understanding of your expertise, experience, skills, and history relevant to your speaking. The short summary is a key component of your speaker profile for an Event Leader to get a good understanding of you as a Speaker.
Highlights: a quicker version of your short summary that is meant to show, well, highlights. The highlights section shows up on the search results page and is a core aspect of the first impression of viewers.

What should I choose for my cancellation policy?

Choose the cancellation policy that best suits your flexibility and the demand for your speaking skills. Event Leaders maybe influenced in their decision to book you based of your choice of cancellation policy and flexibility.

How important are high-quality photos?

A media rich speaker profile is key. We suggest quality photos, quality videos, and examples of decks from a previous presentations.

How do I make a stronger Speaker Profile?

View our Tips and Suggestions to enhance your Speaker profile.

What if I do not have Paypal?

Speakers and Event Leaders are currently required to use Paypal. Learn more about what Paypal has to offer here.

Speaker, Expert, Trainer, and Consultant Questions

What is the SpeaknSpark service fee?

  • Creating an account, submitting a profile, receiving event requests, and replying are always free.
  • SpeaknSpark follows the standard service fee model for bookings. Traditional Speaking Bureaus charge 30-50% of a speakers event rate. SpeaknSpark charges speakers 7%. The booking service fee is the only cost for utilizing all the features of the site. The service fee includes access to the payment platform and customized Event Report. The more often a Speaker is booked, the higher their profile ranks in search results.
    - If you do not have a speaker fee, there is no cost other than an optional flat rate to access your event report. Keep empowering communities with knowledge!

What happens after I receive an Event Request?

  • You will receive a Booking Request when an Event Leader selects you as a potential Speaker for an event. The event request includes detailed information about the event date, event location, presentation length, audience size, audience type, event goals, delivery type, event budget, visual aids, level of engagement, press, and any other Speaker expectations. The Speaker reviews all these important details and has full autonomy to decide interest and event specific fee. Speakers reply to the booking request by clicking the email link and/or signing in to their account. If not automatically directed to the Booking Requests page, locate the upper right "My Account' menu, select the "Booking Requests" page, find the listed event, and click the appropriate accept or decline reply button with the option to write a note. If the Speaker needs more information or a clarifying question, there is the option to message the Event Leader prior to replying to he request.
  • The Event Leader receives all the selected Speaker responses and based off their criteria, they make a Speaker selection. Speakers who responded with an accept are notified of final Event Leader selection

How do I contact the Event Leader before, during, and after a booking?

  • Speakers can message Event Leaders at their convenience. After a Speaker receives a Booking Request, they message the Event Leader questions or comments through the site's messaging system. After a Speaker is booked, the Speaker receives a confirmation email with the Event Leaders contact email and phone number. Speakers can contact Event Leaders as needed prior to the event.

How much should I charge for a speakers fee?

  • Speakers list a speaker fee range on their Speaker Profile page as part of profile creation. When you receive an event request, it will include details such as presentation length, audience size, audience type, event goals, delivery type, budget, visual aids, engagement, press, and any other expectations. Taking those details and your time (prep, travel, event) into account, you will respond to each event request with your event specific fee. Keep in mind the Event Leader may be sending the event request to a list of speakers. Speakers fees really vary so widely by person, experience, event, and motivations. This article is a good base: "How Much Should You Charge for a Speech?"

How can I list that my Speakers fee is flexible?

  • Speaker set a minimum and maximum speaker fees as a range. The Speaker responds to each Booking Request with an event specific fee. If you are flexible and open to all kinda of opportunities, you can list that as part of your summary section.

I created an account, how do I create my Speaker profile?

You signed up as a Speaker here. The next step is to confirm your account email (so many bots!). After clicking on the "activate your account" button you’ll sign in and will automatically be directed to your Speaker listing page. On the Speaker listing page you'll follow the flow and fill in the boxes and drop downs. Some questions have an icon you can click for more details. We created this demo for extra guidance: here When you are ready, you submit your profile. Now your profile is public and the next step is to add media. You can add, edit and update your profile at your convenience.

How do I get paid?

Speakers will be paid through Paypal. Prior to the first booked event, Speakers need to add their Paypal account information to their account page. To do this, sign in sign in and under the "My Account" top right menu hover on the "My Account' option and "Payment' will appear to the right. Link your Paypal account. Speakers will receive their Speaker fee 48 hour after the event directly into to their Paypal account.

Where is my data stored and how is it secured?

We follow industry best practices for all data storage and delivery. Your connection with this website is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption. We do not store any financial information other than your Paypal ID.

What is the optimal image size to upload for Speaker Profiles?

Profile Picture Tip: for best results, the image should be 800 x 800 px. Allowed Extensions - jpg,jpeg,gif,png.

Can I share my profile?

Yes, we suggest you share your SpeaknSpark profile on all your networks. Go to your public profile, copy the unique url and share away. Share a post on your LinkedIn page about why you joined SpeaknSpark. Share your profile with your colleagues and invite them to join: example. At the minimum, we suggest every speaker list their SpeaknSpark profile URL on LinkedIn.

My event booked me through SpeaknSpark, how do I access the reviews about me?

All Speaker reviews will show up on your Speaker profile. To access a report of a specific event's reviews, go to your User Menu “My Reviews,” find the specific event and click the "Request Speaker Report” button. The report will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The Speaker Report will show you all the reviews from a specific event analyzed further by audience demographics. You can only access the Speaker Report for an event if you were booked through SpeaknSpark and there are sufficient reviews for the event.This enhanced feedback tool is designed to provide additional insights for Speakers to adapt and grow. We specifically ask the audience for feedback that is professional and constructive. You can encourage your audience members to submit reviews by building in the request at the end of your presentation or as part of a post event email.
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