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What is SpeaknSpark?

SpeaknSpark is a database of Emergency Management Speakers, Experts, Trainers, and Consultants. The site is a marketplace connecting Event Leaders and Speakers in Emergency Management. The focus is on working professionals who have knowledge to share as well as professional speakers. It is set up as an accessible community resource of available Speakers at all levels- neighborhood, city, county, state, and national. The goal is to facilitate and increase Event and Speaker connections across all Emergency Management disciplines. Post event, Event Leaders use SpeaknSpark as a simplified way to collect speaker reviews and receive a detailed demographic based speaker review and event feedback report.

I am not directly in the Emergency Management field. Should I still join as a speaker?

SpeaknSpark was created to increase access and collaboration across emergency management disciples. If any of your experience or career is related to an aspect of Emergency Management, this is for you. Increase exposure to share your and your organization's message with more audiences.

Speaker fee? It's part of my job. Should I join?

SpeaknSpark is a platform for ALL Emergency Management speakers whether you are a professional consultant, a working professional, or sharing a personal passion of yours. Charging a Speaker's fee is not required and there box to check waiving your speakers fee. If outreach is your goal, this is your new tool for you and your organization to reach broader audiences. Read the cost question below to realize this site is win-win for you and the Emergency Management field. We need you to help it thrive.

I am not sure I want to speak at a lot of events. Should I still create a profile?

You have complete freedom to choose the events you are interested. After creating an account and then a profile, you'll receive detailed event requests and based off your schedule, interest, and comfort, you reply with a decline or event specific speaker fee. You may be surprised what opportunities come up. If you are not interested you can also network by suggesting a fellow expert for them to contact.

I am a Consultant, Trainer, or Professional speaker. Why should I join?

SpeaknSpark is going to transform the way Event Leaders look for Emergency Management Experts, Speakers, Trainers, and Consultant as a benefit to the entire Emergency Management field. This vision is for:
-A centralized location of EM experts that is publicly accessible
-Expanded connections for EM experts, speakers, and trainers to event leaders and events
-Increased access and cooperation across EM disciplines
-Enhanced feedback tool to support insight and growth for speakers in our community
-Increased professional exposure for Emergency Management Speakers
-Fostering diversity and inclusion
-Expanded training to broader audience base
As leaders in the Emergency Management world, this vision is progress and you’ll want to be part of it as a founding member. Take the low risk leap forward and create a profile.
More opportunity and new connections coming your way.

Is this going to cost me?

Creating an account, creating a profile, receiving event requests, and replying are always complimentary. 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!
- If you an amazing high powered and deserving high paid speaker, trainer, or consultant, increase your price 7% and you’ll get access to increased opportunities, payment platform, and customized event report.

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 story as a speaker.
  • SpeaknSpark will thoughtfully expand to other fields- our focus is on fields that are collaboration 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 are you different from a traditional Speakers’ Bureau?

SpeaknSpark is an improved version of a Speakers Bureau. SpeaknSpark is a centralized database of a diversity of budget, location, and topics giving Event Leaders more options. Different than a Speakers Bureau, the SpeaknSpark account and profile are complimentary, speakers have the flexibility to manage their own content, fees, event acceptances, and provides additional event insight with a customized Event Report.
The site is designed as a community resource of all available Emergency Management Speakers accessible to everyone. SpeaknSpark focuses on working professionals who have knowledge to share as well as professional speakers at all levels- neighborhood, city, county, state, and national. The goal is to facilitate and increase Event and Speaker connections across all Emergency Management disciplines. As the database of Speakers, Trainers, Experts, and Consultants increases, the more robust a resource for all.

How can I browse 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 needs 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 not 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 completing your Speaker Profile, we suggest a laptop or desktop

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

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 is designed for the Event Leader. The Event Report is a summary of audience reviews of the event and Speaker analyzed by demographics of age, gender, industry, experience, and education. An Event Report analyzes the reviews of both the event and the speaker. Event review questions are selected by the Event Leader prior to the event and all Speaker reviews are standardized.
The Speaker Report is specifically designed for speakers. Similar to the Event Report’s analysis but the Speaker Report is tailored for the audience reviews of speaker(s) at a specific event. 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?

Currently you cannot save your Speaker profile information prior to submitting. We suggest writing all your profile information in a word document and once you are ready, you can copy and paste the information. You can always edit the information after you submit. The ability to save profile information is a priority upgrade and will roll out shortly

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 show up on the search results page and are often the first impression made on Event Leaders.

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.

How important are high-quality photos?

A media rich speaker profile is key. We suggest quality photos, quality videos, and an example of a deck from a previous presentation.

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 cost for me to book a Speaker?

Creating an Event Leader account, searching Speakers, and browsing profiles are always complimentary. When you request a Speaker, Trainer, Expert, or Consultant, each set their own fees based off the event details you provide. To use the payment platform and access the enhanced feedback tools, SpeaknSpark charges a 7% service fee at booking. This is much lower than the market standard 30-50% of a Speakers fee without the audience and event customized feedback analysis. .

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

We believe knowledge is for sharing at every level. You can search the directory for speakers who do not charge speaker fees. In the advanced search column there is a box to check to search Speakers who may waive their fees. When booking a Speaker without a Speaker fee, to still access the Event Report, Event Leaders can select to pay a nominal flat fee that grants them access to the online review collection and Event Report. We think event leaders are so important to building a SpeaknSpark network in all communities.

Are you a speaking agent?

SpeaknSpark is a tool for Speakers to become their own agent and for Event Leaders to have full access to all Speaker options. SpeaknSpark does not function as a speaking agent as Speakers 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 is the tool to access 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 complimentary to create a profile, 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- Go to the “Booking Request” section of the "My Account" Menu. Click on your event name. Select the “edit” button on the right side {photo}
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” user menu. Locate the event 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.

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 complimentary.
  • 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!
    - If you an amazing high powered and deserving high paid speaker, trainer, or consultant, increase your price 7% and you’ll get access to increased opportunities, payment platform, and customized event report

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.