• Connecting Speakers with Audiences™


Register by Jan 31 for Training and Branding Event in Feb 2024

Register by Jan 31 for Training and Branding Event in Feb 2024 545 431 I Need A Speaker

When our team promotes speakers on the I Need A Speaker directory, the first thing an event planner will say is, “Send me their speaker sheet and sizzle reel.” (If you’re not sure what those are, see our blog post from Jan 1, 2024.)

We know that many speakers have a phenomenal stage presence and a compelling message, but without that proof, buyers may be hesitant. To better position speakers to be booked, we’re pleased to offer a two-day, in-person, cohort-designed training and branding event. Our first event is scheduled for February 8-9, 2024 in Scranton, PA.

Why Invest in Public Speaking Training?

Leadership Enhancement: Empower yourself or your corporate leaders to deliver powerful messages that inspire and influence audiences.
Brand Representation: Ensure that your public-facing representatives embody your brand’s values with clarity, charisma, and confidence.
Increased Visibility: Stand out in your industry as your company spokespersons address audiences at meetings, public events, and conferences.

Package Includes:

  • Electronic press kit (EPK)
  • Logo
  • Hair and makeup services (prior to video recording)
  • Professional headshots
  • Sizzle reel
  • Video evaluation
  • Inclusion in I Need A Speaker marketing reel
  • News release for first speaking event

Program Details:

Cohorts Begin: February 2024

Group Size: Limit of 10 paid participants per cohort, plus one scholarship recipient.

Nationwide Expansion: After their debut event in Pennsylvania, our programs will be offered in various U.S. cities throughout 2024. Stay tuned for dates near you!

Corporate Opportunities: Corporations have the opportunity to elevate their leaders and public-facing personnel with this program. Consider sponsoring participants from your organization, and witness the positive impact on your brand’s image and success. Corporate training is also offered at a discount for groups of 10-12 individuals from the same company. Training takes place on or off site.

To learn more, register for the February cohort, or book corporate training, e-mail info@ineedaspeaker.com. 



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INAS Changes Business Model for 2024

INAS Changes Business Model for 2024 672 445 I Need A Speaker

Looking back, 2023 was an exciting, productive year of growth. I Need A Speaker continues to hit new milestones, changing the way speakers connect with audiences. And we’re doing it one person at a time.

I Need A Speaker was launched in 2020 to solve a problem. I was part of a committee to plan a speaker event. The committee had $1,000 to spend on a speaker, and the team was unable to identify the right speaker based on personal networks. Team members also knew that with just $1,000 to spend, we couldn’t afford to work with traditional speakers’ bureaus to find the right person for our theme, our event, and our audience. Traditional speakers’ bureaus often serve speakers who charge at least $5,000 for in-person events and sometimes $3,000 for virtual events. Then the bureaus add one-third of the speaker fee to cover their services in making the connection. Even at the lower end of their roster, we couldn’t afford any of those speakers. We were at a loss. The discussion around finding a speaker was futile, yet it lasted a painful three hours.

That day, I drove home from the meeting, wondering why there wasn’t a central place to connect qualified speakers at any fee range with the people who want to book them. So I built it.

For the first two years in business, I continually fought the association with any type of speakers’ bureau. I didn’t want my business model to resemble those in any way. In 2023, I participated in a tech business incubator program. As a participant, I was tasked with talking to speakers and event organizers to find out what they really want. I was surprised by what I learned.

Buyers told me that they wanted qualified speakers with the brand materials that reinforce credibility. In other words, people who book speakers want the confidence that comes with – at minimum – a speaker sheet and a sizzle reel. A speaker sheet is a single sheet that includes the speaker’s image, background, credentials, signature talks, and contact information. A sizzle reel is a brief video of the speaker in action, typically speaking before an audience. Some event planners call these materials social proof, and others refer to them as proof of performance. Regardless of the terminology used, planners agree that the materials are a basic requirement to consider booking a speaker.

Speakers told me that they wanted help elevating their skill set and developing their brand. They want to know how the public speaking business works. Often, they ask how to get started and move into progressively more desirable bookings. Speakers also said they view the value of services like those offered by I Need A Speaker are deserving of a 20% commission, paid from the speakers’ fee.

Based on what I learned in this process, I and my advisory board have implemented some changes to our business model.

  1. We will charge a 20% commission on bookings made through our website.
  2. We will offer training and branding packages for emerging speakers.

Our site and services will continue to evolve over time to continue delivering value to the people we joyfully serve.

Wishing you every success in 2024!


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Browse our speaker directory for several types of events

Browse our speaker directory for several types of events 1707 2560 I Need A Speaker

I Need A Speaker was built to end the pain of repeatedly reviewing personal networks to locate speakers. We are on a mission to amplify new voices.

You can support that mission – and make your speaker event better – by using our speakers for all types of events.

Book one of our accomplished speakers for:

  • podcasts
  • emcee opportunities
  • guest lectures at colleges and universities
  • panel discussions
  • webinars
  • employee events
  • corporate programs
  • training
  • workshops
  • keynotes
  • media interviews
  • conferences
  • fundraisers
  • community events
  • roundtable discussions
  • educational presentations
  • motivational speeches
  • stand-up comedy (for fundraising or corporate events)
  • recognition functions

In today’s virtual speaking space, you’re not even limited to your own country! We now have users in seven countries who can collaborate to help find the right speaker for your event and your audience.

E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com to learn about our fundraising program.


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