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What is SpeaknSpark?

SpeaknSpark is a database of Emergency Management Speakers, Experts, Trainers, and Consultants. As a marketplace, the site connects Event Leaders and Speakers in Emergency Management. The focus is on working professionals who have knowledge to share, startup Speakers and professional Speakers. SpeaknSpark is set up as an accessible community resource of Speakers and Experts across disciplines at all levels- neighborhood, city, county, state, and national. The goal is to facilitate connections and collaboration across all Emergency Management disciplines. Post event, Event Leaders utilize SpeaknSpark as a simplified tool for collecting speaker reviews and enhanced event feedback analyzed by audience demographics.

Do I need to be a professional Speaker?

This is most frequently asked question. No, you do not need to be a professional Speaker - you just need to have experience or knowledge to share. Different than traditional speakers bureaus, SpeaknSpark welcomes all Speakers: professional, startup, and working professionals who have knowledge to share. You do not need to be the top Expert; SpeaknSpark’s goal is to increase public engagement at all levels- neighborhood, city, county, region, state, and national. Having all levels of Experts on one platform strengthens the resource across the entire Emergency Management field.

If I am not directly in the Emergency Management field, should I still join as a Speaker?

Yes! SpeaknSpark was created to increase access, build connections, and encourage collaboration across all Emergency Management disciplines. If any aspect of your experience or career is related to Emergency Management, you are encouraged to join. Joining will result in increasing your exposure for sharing your message. Examples:
  • Psychology: PTSD techniques and implementation
  • Law: regulatory compliance and grant management service
  • Business: Continuity
  • Community Organization: Vulnerable populations
  • Utility: Public Power Mutual Aid Network

I don’t charge a Speaker fee because it's part of my job. So why should I join?

Great question, you should join because SpeaknSpark is a platform for ALL Emergency Management Speakers whether you are a Consultant, a working professional, or sharing innovations as personal EM passion. Charging a Speaker fee is not required. When creating a profile, simply select the “willing to waive fees” checkbox and set the minimum and maximum speaker fee to $0. If outreach is your goal, SpeaknSpark is a powerful new tool for you and your organization to reach broader audiences. SpeaknSpark is going to innovate and benefit the EM field with more choices and more access. You can help build this powerful and innovative resource.

I am undecided about speaking at a lot of events. Should I still create a profile?

You have complete autonomy to select which events interest you. After creating an account and a profile, you will be ready to start receiving Event Requests which include detailed event information. Based on your schedule, interest, and comfort, you are empowered to decline or accept. SpeaknSpark keeps the open a door for new opportunities.

Ok, I love this idea but how does the money part work? Is it going to cost me?

SpeaknSpark strives for transparency. Creating an account, creating a profile, receiving Event Requests, and replying are always free of cost. SpeaknSpark follows the standard service fee model for marketplace bookings. Traditional Speakers Bureaus charge 30-50% of a Speaker’s event rate. SpeaknSpark only charges Speakers 7%. The booking service fee is the only cost to utilize 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 charge a Speaker fee, there is no cost other than an optional flat rate access to your Event Report. Keep empowering communities with knowledge!
  • As an amazing high powered, highly knowledgeable, and high paid Speaker, Trainer, or Consultant and you’ll get access to increased bookings, a payment platform, and a customized Event Report.

I am currently a Consultant, Trainer, and/or professional Speaker. Why should I join?

Join because SpeaknSpark is transforming the way Event Leaders search and book Emergency Management Experts, Speakers, Trainers, and Consultants. The SpeaknSpark vision is:
  • Expanded connections for EM Experts, Speakers, and Trainers to Event Leaders and events
  • Increased access and cooperation across EM disciplines
  • A centralized location of EM Experts that is publicly accessible
  • Enhanced feedback tool to support insight and growth for Speakers in the EM community
  • Increased professional exposure for Emergency Management Speakers
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion
  • Expanded training to broader audience base
  • Kickstarting sharing innovations and unheard ideas
SpeaknSpark’s vision is collaborative progress. Join now as a founding member and your suggestions will shape the development of this movement

General Questions

What types of Speakers can I find on SpeaknSpark?

  • SpeaknSpark is focused on the Emergency Management field. The most common professions and experts are:
    Fire, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Nonprofit, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT/NERT), HAM Radio, MRC, Search and Rescue, ER Physicians, EMT, Homeland Security, FEMA, CDC, Military, Flood Plain Managers, Geographer, Geologic Service, County Government (Emergency Managers, PIO), Hazardous Material Mgmt, Risk Assessment, Disaster Survivors, Emergency Preparedness for Hospitals, Universities, Utilities, and Business as well as Disaster Survivors. When you create a profile you select which specific Emergency Management topics you have expertise to share. We also encourage disaster survivors to share their personal stories and lessons.
  • 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?

How is SpeaknSpark different from a traditional speakers bureau?

SpeaknSpark is an improved modern version of a speakers bureau. It is an innovative and convenient centralized resource to browse, bridge, and book Speakers and Experts across Emergency Management 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 Emergency Management Experts to share their knowledge and every event organizer to directly access Emergency Management 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 all EM Experts to join and amplify the Emergency Management 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 by criteria such as location, focus, language, session type, and budget

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 sets 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 arrangements made. If not, the Event Leader will need to contact SpeaknSpark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refunds will be processed according to Speaker refund policy. Service fees are non refundable.

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

We would love to hear from you- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.

Event Organizer Questions

How much does SpeaknSpark charge for me to book a Speaker?

Creating an Event Leader account, searching Speakers, and browsing profiles is always free. SpeaknSpark is structured to empower all Emergency Management Experts to share their knowledge and give every Event Organizer direct access Emergency Management expertise. SpeaknSpark charges no listing fees and no search fees.

When you request a Speaker, Trainer, Expert, or Consultant, they will reply with their speaker fee based off of the event details you provide. To fully utilize the payment platform and access the Event Report enhanced feedback tool, SpeaknSpark charges a flat 7% service fee at booking. This is significantly lower than the market standard 30-50% and that standard does not provide audience and event customized feedback analysis.

Our goal is to increase access, build connections, and encourage collaboration. Shaking up the traditional limitations for speaker selection, SpeaknSpark supports innovation, increased representation of diverse perspectives, and enhanced inclusion

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What If I don’t have a budget to pay for a Speaker?

There are amazing Emergency Management resources and professionals that are outreach oriented. You can search the directory for speakers who waives speaker fees. In the advanced search column there is a "willing to speak for free" box to check to narrow your search to Speakers who may waive their fees. When booking a Speaker without a Speaker fee, to access the Event Report collection and review tool, Event Leaders can select to pay a nominal flat fee. We support Emergency Management learning in all communities on all levels.

Are you a speaking agent?

SpeaknSpark is a tool for Speakers to become their own agent and for Event Leaders to have increased and direct access to all Speaker options. Different that a speaking agent, SpeaknSpark Speakers have the autonomy to create and update their own profile, set their own fees, and manage their own schedule and engagements.

Why is SpeaknSpark better than using my speakers bureau?

SpeaknSpark gives Speakers and Event Leaders more control and freedom than a traditional Speakers’ Bureau. For Event Leaders, SpeaknSpark provides direct access to a wider range and diversity of Speakers, the control to browse more speakers, and the excitement to expand across disciplines.

For Speakers, Trainers, Experts, and Consultants, SpeaknSpark is does not charge to create a profile, gives instant increased professional exposure, and a tool to get better audience feedback. SpeaknSpark does not charge the 25-50% commission that traditional Speakers’ Bureaus do. SpeaknSpark is community-based and centered around fostering better learning.

I’ve submitted a Booking Request but I need to edit some of the details- how can I make the edits?

You can edit event details and add more Speakers to your booking request up UNTIL the first Speaker responds. After a Speaker has responded, you will need to make a new booking request with the updated event details.
How to edit
  1. Go to the “Booking Request” section of the "My Account" Menu
  2. Click on your event name
  3. Select the “edit” button on the right side
  4. Update details as necessary and click- submit.
The updated details will be re-sent to all the Speakers.
Note: If you want to add Speakers, you need to add them to the previously selected Shortlist first before completing the process above.

Where can I access my Event Report?

To request an Event Report, sign in to your Event Leader Account and select the “Booked Events” on the user menu.
Locate the event as listed chronologically and click the “Request Event Report Button.”
As an Event Leader you will need to be proactive about outreaching to your audience for audience reviews. Consult your confirmation emails for suggestions for encouraging audience reviews. Event Reports are only available post event and with sufficient reviews.

If I send a Booking Request to multiple speakers can I only choose one?

You can select as many Speakers as needed for an event. You will need to make sure and “checkout” all speakers you would like to book for the event in one transaction. If you need to add a Speaker to an event, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I send one Booking request for an event with multiple sessions and topics?

There is a lot of coordination and organization that happens for larger events. You could consider creating separate booking requests for each topic but for event reviews to function you will need to book all Speakers under the same event booking request name and use that event pin. If you need assistance coordinating these details for a large event, reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaker, Expert, Trainer, and Consultant Questions

What is the SpeaknSpark service fee?

  • Creating an account, creating 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 only 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 access to your event report. Keep empowering communities with knowledge!

What happens after I receive a Booking Request?

  • You will receive a Booking Request when an Event Leader selects you as a potential Speaker for an event. The booking request includes detailed information about the event date, budget, audience, speaking type, topic, and physical location. The Speaker reviews all the important details and decides to accept or decline within 48 hrs. If the Speaker accepts, they reply with an event specific fee and option for a note. Speakers reply by signing in to the account, locating the upper right "My Account' menu, select "Booking Requests" page, find the listed event and click the appropriate reply button. If the Speaker needs more information or a clarifying question, there is the option to message the Event Leader prior to replying tot he request.
  • The Event Leader receives all the selected Speaker responses and based off their event criter, will make a Speaker selection. Speakers who responded with a Speaker fee will be notified either way 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 can 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?

  • Speakers select fees listed as a range on the Speaker Profile page and then select specific speaker fees per event requested. We do not set a minimum or maximum for speakers. We suggest Speakers calculate a Speaker fee based off the total time a speaking engagement takes (prep, practice, travel, etc) x your appropriate hourly rate.

How can I list that my Speakers fee is flexible?

  • Speaker set a minimum and maximum speaker fees. The Speakers respond to each Booking Request with an event specific fee.

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

Sign up as a Speaker here. After confirming your account, you’ll be asked to sign in and will automatically be directed to your Speaker listing page to create your Speaker Profile. You can edit and update your profile as needed.

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 under the "My Account" top right menu. Speakers will receive the 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.

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, you can share your SpeaknSpark profile and we suggest you share this profile through all your networks. Go to your public profile, copy the unique url in the search bar and share via email and social media. We suggest every speaker at least list their SpeaknSpark profile URL on LinkedIn.

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

All 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” and select the “Speaker Report.” The Event Report will be emailed to you within 48 hours. You can only access the Speaker Report for an event if you were booked through the SpeaknSpark platform and there are sufficient reviews for the event.