How to Find and Hire the Best Motivational Speakers for Your Event?

If you are planning an event and want to make it memorable, engaging and inspiring, you might want to consider hiring
a motivational speaker.Susannah Streeter event host, keynote speaker and moderator

Motivational speakers are experts in their fields who can share their insights, stories and lessons learned with your audience.

They can help you achieve your goals, overcome challenges, boost morale and productivity, and create a positive impact.

But how do you find and hire the best motivational speakers for your event? Here are some tips to help you:

  • Define your objectives and audience. Before you start looking for speakers, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your event and who your target audience is. What is the theme or topic of your event? What are the main messages or takeaways you want to convey? What are the demographics, interests and expectations of your attendees? These questions will help you narrow down your search and find speakers who are relevant, credible and appealing to your audience.

  • Do your research. Once you have defined your objectives and audience, you can start researching potential speakers. You can also contact Riva Media and we can provide you with access to a wide range of speakers across different categories, such as technology, innovation, business, leadership, sustainability, diversity, health and wellbeing, sports, comedy and more.

  • Check their availability and fees. After you have shortlisted some speakers who match your criteria, you need to check their availability and fees. Ask for their availability for your event date, time and location. You also need to ask for their fees and expenses, such as travel, accommodation, equipment and materials. You should have a budget in mind.

  • Watch their videos and testimonials. Before you make a final decision, you should watch some videos of the speakers’ previous presentations and read some testimonials from their past clients. This will give you a better idea of their style, delivery, content, charisma and impact. You should look for speakers who are engaging, entertaining, informative and inspiring. You should also look for speakers who can tailor their speeches to your specific needs and audience.

  • Book them early. Once you have decided on the speaker you want to hire for your event, you should book them as soon as possible. Speakers are in high demand and their schedules fill up quickly. Booking them early will ensure that they are available for your event and that they have enough time to prepare their speech.

  • Communicate with them regularly. After you have booked the speaker, you should communicate with them regularly until the day of the event. You should provide them with all the details of the event, such as the venue, agenda, audience profile, objectives, theme and key messages. You should also ask them for their requirements, such as equipment, materials, introduction and feedback. You should also discuss with them how they will interact with the audience during or after the speech.

  • Promote them to your audience. To generate interest and excitement for your event and speaker, you should promote them to your audience in advance. You can use various channels, such as email newsletters, social media posts, website updates, press releases and flyers. You can also share some information about the speaker’s background, expertise and achievements. You can also encourage your audience to submit questions or topics they would like the speaker to address.

  • Introduce them properly. On the day of the event, you should introduce the speaker properly to your audience. You should give a brief but enthusiastic introduction that highlights the speaker’s name, title, credentials and achievements. You should also mention why they are relevant and valuable for your event and audience. You should also thank them for accepting your invitation and welcome them warmly.

  • Give them feedback and appreciation. After the event is over, you should give the speaker feedback and appreciation for their speech. You should tell them what you liked about their speech, what impact it had on your audience and how it helped you achieve your objectives. You should also ask them for feedback on how they found the event and how they think it could be improved in the future. You should also send them a thank-you note or gift as a token of gratitude.

  • Follow up with your audience. Finally, you should follow up with your audience after the event and measure its success. You should ask your audience for feedback on the event in general and on the speaker in particular. You should also ask them what they learned from the speaker, what actions they will take as a result and how they will share their learnings with others. You should also share some highlights and key takeaways from the event and speaker on your website, social media and other channels.

To help you find and hire the best motivational speakers for your event, here are 10 speakers from Riva Media that you might want to consider:

Susannah Streeter: A financial and technology presenter, keynote speaker, moderator and podcast host who has hosted flagship business shows for the BBC.

susannah streeter keynote speaker
Ayo Sokale Civil engineer, BBC Presenter, keynote speaker

Ayo SokaleA civil engineer, BBC presenter, former deputy mayor of Reading, sustainability speaker, motivational speaker, STEM speaker and neurodiversity speaker.

Kathryn Parsons: A co-CEO of Decoded, Sunday Times columnist, artificial intelligence speaker, digital transformation speaker, technology speaker, business speaker and motivational speaker.

Kathryn Parsons Keynote and Technology Speaker
Sue Perkins TV presenter awards host and MC

Sue Perkins: A TV and radio presenter, best known for hosting The Great British Bake Off, Just a Minute and The News Quiz, and a Sunday Times bestseller author.

Gary Lineker: A TV presenter, Match of the Day host, Olympic Games commentator, former England footballer, sports speaker, keynote speaker and after dinner speaker.

Gary Lineker keynote speaker, event host and MC
Kevin McCloud presenter architect and keynote speaker

Kevin McCloud: A TV presenter, property expert, environmental and sustainability expert, keynote speaker, after dinner speaker and celebrity speaker.

George Clarke: A TV presenter, property expert, keynote speaker and sustainability speaker who hosts The Restoration Man and Ugly House to Lovely House.

George Clarke presenter architect and keynote speaker
Prof Brian Cox keynote speaker

Prof Brian Cox OBE: A STEM keynote speaker, inspirational speaker, science speaker, presenter and physicist who is famous for his documentaries and books on the universe.

David Baddiel: A keynote speaker, events host, presenter, comedian and author who has written and performed in various shows, such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned.

David Baddiel comedian author and keyknote speaker
Jimmy Carr keynote speaker and awards host and MC

Jimmy Carr: A comedian, TV presenter, host of 8 out of 10 Cats and Big Fat Quiz of the Year, celebrity speaker, event host and after dinner speaker.

These are just some of the amazing motivational keynote speakers that Riva Media can offer for your event.

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