For most professional speakers, the startup phase means being responsible for everything in your speaking business, from sales to marketing to operations. However, in time, much of your speaking business can be delegated to other industry partners, including a speakers bureau. If you haven’t heard of them, the purpose of a speakers bureau is to book gigs on behalf of the speakers they represent. For each sale, the bureau takes a commission and the speaker is booked without having to lift a finger. Because of this, working with a speakers bureau can be a win for both you and them. This is especially true if you are an established speaker with a solid sales process of your own. Here, we’ll compare 35 speakers bureaus along with how to reach them. From there, hopefully, you can easily find the ones that are a good fit and get the ball rolling. 👍
- 1. All American Entertainment (AAE)
- 2. American Entertainment International Speakers Bureau (AEI)
- 3. American Program Bureau (APB)
- 4. A-Speakers
- 5. BigSpeak
- 6. BNC Speakers
- 7. Capitol City Speakers Bureau
- 8. Champions Speakers
- 9. Chartwell Speakers
- 10. Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
- 11. Crown Speakers Bureau
- 12. Eagles Talent
- 13. Executive Speakers Bureau
- 14. Global Speakers Bureau
- 15. Gold Stars Speakers Bureau
- 16. Goodman Speakers
- 17. Great American Speakers Bureau
- 18. Keppler Speakers
- 19. Key Speakers Bureau
- 20. Leading Authorities
- 21. London Speaker Bureau
- 22. Macmillan Speakers
- 23. Midwest Speakers Bureau
- 24. National Speakers Bureau
- 25. Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau
- 26. Preferred Speakers
- 27. Premiere Speakers Bureau
- 28. Speakers’ Corner
- 29. The Speaker Exchange Agency
- 30. SpeakerMatch
- 31. The Speaker Agency
- 32. Speakers’ Spotlight
- 33. SpeakInc
- 34. Speaking.com
- 35. Washington Speakers Bureau
- 36. Worldwide Speakers Group
1. All American Entertainment (AAE)
Founded in 2002, All American Entertainment, or AAE, is the parent company of All American Speakers Bureau and is based in Durham, North Carolina. Although the name implies service to the Americas, AAE caters to event organizers around the world and characterizes itself as a “full-service talent booking agency”. This means that, rather than simply recommending a speaker, it manages its own in-house logistics team, allowing for more comprehensive service both before and during the event. This has also allowed it to build an impressive roster of keynote speakers, professional athletes, and renowned business leaders, including Amal Clooney, Magic Johnson, Bruno Mars, and Seth Meyers.
Additionally, AAE supports not only speakers for live entertainment but also those choosing to focus on work in a virtual environment. Over the last few years, especially, this has become more and more common as the demand for virtual events grows and, as a result, so grows the demand for virtual speakers. Considering this, although it may be a tough bureau to break into (due to its high profile list of speakers), there remain opportunities for non-celebrity speakers, if you can work the virtual angle.
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2. American Entertainment International Speakers Bureau (AEI)
Based in Allston, Massachusetts, the next bureau on the list is American Entertainment International Speakers Bureau, or AEI. Like AAE, AEI is another full-service speakers bureau, meaning that it offers a range of services designed to help event organizers throughout the booking process. However, unlike AAE, the team at AEI is made up of only five people. In its own words, for its clients, this means that “you will only need to be in contact with one office–no matter how many speakers you’ve booked”. For you, as the speaker, this also applies, as you’re all communicating through the same tight-knit team.
On top of having a small team, AEI is also a relatively small bureau. In fact, although it promotes speakers across more than 100 different topics, its speaker directory totals just over 1,300 speakers, a tiny fraction of which are celebrities. As a speaker, this decreased competition means that you have a greater chance of getting booked when an event organizer contacts AEI. In addition, despite its small size, AEI provides its services to an international audience, expanding your exposure to a broad range of organizers and allowing you a greater chance to be booked outside of your home country, as well.
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3. American Program Bureau (APB)
Third on our list is the American Program Bureau, or APB. Unlike the previous bureaus we covered, APB both caters to international clients and maintains international offices to serve those clients. Currently, although its main office is in Massachusetts, its organization includes offices in Boston, Chicago, San Diego, London, Paris, Istanbul, Rotterdam, and Moscow. Because of this expansion, clients are able to quickly and easily find a speaker that suits the needs of their event and speaks the language of their target audience. From a speaking standpoint, this also gives you the opportunity to speak internationally and demonstrate language skills you might otherwise be unable to showcase in your home country.
Besides appealing to an international audience, APB is also attractive to many speakers because of its age. As one of the oldest speakers bureaus in this list, it was established in the 1960’s and initially focused on the U.S. speaking market. Since that time, it’s expanded to serve more than 60 countries worldwide and boasts testimonials from many large companies, including Ford Motor Company and Harvard University. APB also represents speakers with a similarly grand reputation, such as Buzz Aldrin, Richard Dreyfuss, and Spike Lee. Consequently, this is another bureau that, although rewarding, may be tough to get into initially.
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Next up is the first internationally based speakers bureau on this list (well, for me anyway 🙂 ), A-Speakers. Based in Odense, Denmark, A-Speakers is the international branch of the Danish speakers bureau Athenas Group, which was founded in 2006 by Danish entrepreneur Soren Kristensen. Between A-Speakers and Athenas, the organization as a whole aims to serve a global market. Considering this, in addition to keynote speakers, A-Speakers provides clients with add-on services or experts for their event, such as seminar or workshop leaders, moderators, or consultants. That way, regardless of the location and size of the event in question, the client’s needs are met. Plus you, as the speaker, can speak with confidence, as you’re matched to the service that suits you best.
In this way, over the last two decades, not only has A-Speakers won a number of awards. It’s also built itself into a growing registrar of reputable speakers and speaking associations. These include membership with the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB), the National Speakers Association (NSA), and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). In short, no matter where you’re reading this blog, rest assured that A-Speakers’s team has experience in your preferred market and they’re worth a look.
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Moving on, the next speakers bureau on the list is another U.S. based organization: BigSpeak. Based in Santa Barbara, California, BigSpeak has steadily grown in popularity in the U.S. since it was founded in 1995. Part of this is due to its specificity. Unlike the other bureaus we’ve covered, BigSpeak focuses primarily on motivational speaking and caters mainly to corporate clients through “the areas of leadership, organizational transformation, change management, and the creation of high-performance teams and high satisfaction work environments”. In short, rather than accept any inquiry, BigSpeak’s database of 2,000+ speakers is best suited to larger businesses with bigger budgets. That way, it can easily represent big-name speakers and still make enough commission for it to be worthwhile.
As far as bureaus go, BigSpeak is also exceptional when it comes to content for the speaking industry. As you may already know, there isn’t a ton of online content right now that’s (a) written specifically for speakers and (b) updated to account for the latest trends in the industry. Fortunately, over the last few years especially, more and more businesses in the speaking industry are rising to meet the demand for content, including BigSpeak. Admittedly, I’m always going to say that SpeakerFlow’s team is the best. However, if you’re looking for another source of information or a potential sales partner for your speaking business, BigSpeak is pretty good, too. 😉
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6. BNC Speakers
Out of Clayton, Missouri, the next speakers bureau we’ll look at is BNC Speakers. BNC Speakers is one of the newest bureaus included in this list, at less than five years old, and sells primarily for speakers operating out of the United States and Canada. Currently, that list only includes a few dozen speakers. However, despite its size, BNC still promotes keynotes across a variety of disciplines, including athletics, business, and entertainment. It’s also an “invite-only” organization, meaning that you cannot be accepted to its roster without first approaching them to prove that you meet its requirements.
Additionally, from a speaking standpoint, representation through BigSpeak can mean more marketing opportunities than through many other bureaus. As a member, not only are your services sold through the BNC team. You also have access to discounted services via the BNC network. These include content writers or social media management, so you can make sure your online presence is up to speed before its team goes to work.
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7. Capitol City Speakers Bureau
Number seven in our list of speakers bureaus is Capitol City Speakers Bureau (CCSB) in Springfield, Illinois. CCSB represents a relatively small number of speakers, compared to some of the giants in the industry, like AAE. Due to its small size, they also operate entirely out of the U.S., making them an approachable option, if you’re still hitting your stride as a professional speaker. Additionally, if you’re located in the Midwest, CCSB is especially valuable because of its home office. While many bureaus may gloss over smaller opportunities for their clients, CCSB routinely books gigs in states like Illinois and Iowa. That way, you can stay close to home while still gaining the speaking experience needed for larger events.
This tight-knit structure is also mirrored in the CCSB team. With only seven members, its staff is one of the smallest of those listed here. However, as with AEI Speakers Bureau, a smaller team generally means more streamlined communication and a closer relationship with the speakers they represent. Consequently, if you’re looking for a less intimidating speakers bureau to boost your sales as you continue to grow, CCSB could be a good fit.
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8. Champions Speakers
Eighth in our list is the UK-based speakers bureau and all-around branding agency, Champions Speakers. Founded in 2003, Champions is one of the newer organizations in this list and started with only two employees, a father and son team named John and Matthew Hayes. Since then, its team has rapidly expanded to include over 120 team members and clients from 66 countries around the world. It also represents more than 5,000 speakers worldwide, making it one of the largest speakers bureaus in the UK, not to mention in this list.
Additionally, besides the bureau wing of their brand, Champions also operates four other media-focused businesses. Related to speaking, these include Champions Music & Entertainment, The Motivational Speakers Agency, and Champions Celebrity Talent Agency. That said, even with such expansion, the Champion team maintains that they have stayed true to their roots, stating, “With significant growth comes significant change. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the values at the heart of everything we do. Our family-run business continues to remain true to what matters most; trust, honesty and transparency.” With this mind, if you’re looking for international work yet still want the experience of a tight-knit team, Champions Speakers is worth considering.
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9. Chartwell Speakers
Next up is another international speakers bureau, Chartwell Speakers. Based in the United Kingdom, Chartwell manages four offices around the world including its home office in London on top of “hubs” in Dallas, Hong Kong, and New York. Through these locations, its team’s aim is to “represent the world’s finest thought leaders, motivational speakers, inspirational authors and world-class experts for events and conferences worldwide” and in doing so, provide clients with the most current and relevant information for their events.
In addition to its global appeal, Chartwell also stands out for the credentials of its team. The current chairman, James Birch, for example, is a Goldman Sachs alum and the residing treasurer of The European Association of Speaker Bureaux (EASB). Similarly, the vast majority of the team has extensive experience in international event organization and logistics. Based on these credentials and their industry experience, this makes Chartwell a solid bet for speakers looking to branch further into international speaking.
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10. Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Based in Los Angeles, California, the next speakers bureau on the list is the Creative Artists Agency, or CAA. Founded in 1975, CAA operates largely in conjunction with the CAA Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to “create positive social change by forging strategic partnerships, encouraging volunteerism, granting financial contributions, stimulating public awareness, and providing in-kind donations”. Because of this goal, CAA speakers bureau differs from a standard bureau in that the goal isn’t just booking gigs. It’s also leveraging the messages of its speakers to create change and positively impact popular culture.
Along those lines, CAA also stands out for its entrepreneurial efforts. Unlike the other bureaus in this list, CAA functions as part of a network of services and businesses, including a venture fund, a sports business, and an investment bank, all of which connect right back to the CAA. Combined, these businesses reinforce the CAA brand of “service-driven” work, making it a good fit if you’re looking to give back as well as get booked.
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11. Crown Speakers Bureau
Continuing on, the 11th speakers bureau is another midwestern U.S-based organization: Crown Speakers Bureau. Established in 2004, Crown Speakers conducts business primarily out of Texas and Oklahoma, although its virtual and live keynotes are available worldwide. In the words of their team, “Just as Warren Buffett doesn’t have to be on Wall Street, we don’t have to be in Los Angeles or New York. In fact, that’s exactly why you should work with us. We’re Oklahoma friendly, helpful, resourceful, and fast.”
Although I can’t personally vouch for this, its speaker list does, as a few of our past clients are among those on the Crown Speakers Bureau roster. Likewise, its client list also demonstrates dedication and value, with glowing reviews from large companies like AT&T, State Farm, and the American Red Cross. Between its speakers and its reviews, Crown Speakers is a good balance between attainable goals and consistently good service. If you’re looking for quality representation without having to be a celebrity, it’s definitely worth a look.
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12. Eagles Talent
One of the largest speakers bureaus out there and the next on our list is Eagles Talent, based in South Orange, NJ. Founded in 1979, Eagles Talent represents just over 1,000 speakers, including some familiar faces, such as Mel Robbins and Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour. Over the last forty years, its full-service approach to managing a speakers bureau has made them a popular source for event organizers, while its impressive speaker list has made them attractive for new and established speakers alike. It’s also a founding member of the IASB and an active partner with the NSA, giving them added credibility in the speaking space.
That said, on top of the standard reasons to work with a speakers bureau, Eagles Talent is exceptionally valuable from a marketing standpoint. In their team’s own words, their organization works with speakers to “maximize exposure with other professional groups and bureaus by providing news-worthy content, updates, videos, bios, programs, and topics”. They also mention, however, that they typically only accept applications from speakers that already have a solid business. This means that you are a good fit for Eagles Talent if you are “in need of partnering with a management service because they are way too busy to handle incoming requests.” When you consider which speakers bureaus to partner with, keep these guidelines in mind.
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13. Executive Speakers Bureau
Similarly, the next bureau we’ll look at is another well-known organization: Executive Speakers Bureau. Like many in this list, Executive Speakers Bureau is based in the U.S. but provides its services to a global audience. Its speaker roster, as a result, is massive and totals more than 3,000 speakers, thought leaders, and business professionals. Essentially, this allows them to recommend speakers that not only meet its clients’ needs. It also allows them to save time and money for its clients, as hiring a local speaker typically means less travel and related expenses.
Executive Speakers Bureau is also notable because of its efficiency. With any speakers bureau, they are only able to sell your services easily if your promotional materials are updated and refined. Yet, for many speakers, knowing what this means can be tricky, leading to a lack of preparation or confusion about what materials to provide. To avoid this, Executive Speakers Bureau states its requirements outright. Considering this, even if you’re not interested in their bureau, specifically, I would recommend looking over the application page. There, you can find a comprehensive list of everything you need to partner with a bureau, no matter which one you’re considering.
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14. Global Speakers Bureau
Out of London, England, the next institution on the list is Global Speakers Bureau (GSB). Another internationally operational bureau, GSB was launched in 2007 and currently manages events in more than 90 countries around the globe. Its speaking categories include popular themes in the speaking industry, such as climate change and innovation, and its speaker list ranges from lesser-known speakers all the way up to celebrities. Through both of these strengths, it has managed more than 1500 speakers and 2000 events over the last decade or so and continues to grow in size.
From a marketing standpoint, Global Speakers Bureau is also one of the most modern bureaus in the industry. In fact, despite its age, there are few existing bureaus that can match it when it comes to modern branding and messaging. From an event organizer’s point of view, this demonstrates GSB’s attention to trends and commitment to staying relevant. Alternatively, from a speaker’s point of view, this shows its pride in making sure the rest of the world sees them positively, which, by extension, makes it easier to trust that it would do the same for you.
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15. Gold Stars Speakers Bureau
On the flip side, while the next bureau doesn’t have a killer website, it does have a unique brand identity. I’m talking about Gold Stars Speakers Bureau. As one of the older speakers bureaus in this list, Gold Stars Speakers Bureau was founded in 1989 by speaker and communication expert, Andrea Gold. Since that time, Gold Stars has expanded to represent almost 700 speakers including Simon T. Bailey, Les Brown, and Ryan Estis. Its speaker list also includes a number of NSA members, and the bureau as a whole continues to collaborate with the NSA to support budding speakers.
Additionally, Gold Stars also stands out from other speakers bureaus because of its transparency with clients. In its own words, Gold Stars “specializes in straight talk – suggesting business speakers, entertainers, trainers, and celebrities who will help your people to transform your organization into a dynamic and successful future.” Its team also focuses on creating an enjoyable experience for everyone, stating, “We feel very strongly about giving you a solid and honest return on your investment. No hype – no pressure!” Considering this, if you’re in the same position and prefer a “service-oriented” approach rather than a sales-focused one, Gold Stars might be worth considering.
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16. Goodman Speakers
Next in the list is the Connecticut-based speakers bureau, Goodman Speakers. Founded in 1979, Goodman Speakers currently represents almost 400 speakers across a variety of fields. These include business, entertainment, politics, and leadership, among others. Within these areas of expertise, you can find a number of well known celebrities and business leaders such as Barbara Corcoran and Bethenny Frankel. You can also find a few of our past clients from within the SpeakerFlow team! Small world, right?
On top of its high-profile clients, Goodman Speakers is also noteworthy because of its add-on services. Although it’s not the only speakers bureau on this list to do so, Goodman offers their clients additional assistance before and after they book a speaker for their event, including logistics management, presentation details, and event requirements. To hear the Goodman Speakers team describe it, for their clients and the speakers they represent, “We negotiate, facilitate, and communicate on your behalf, saving you time and providing you support.”
While, in some cases, these words can turn out to be empty promises, Goodman has a long-standing tradition of proving them to be true. In fact, their founder, Diane Goodman, was one of the founding members of the IASB, when it was originally established in 1986. Consequently, if you’re looking for a well-established bureau with lots of industry experience, Goodman Speakers is definitely one to check out.
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17. Great American Speakers Bureau
Number 17 in the list is another U.S. based bureau, Great American Speakers Bureau (GASB). Operating out of Covington, Pennsylvania, GASB was originally launched as a division of Twenty-First Century Speakers Bureau in 1992. However, while Twenty-First Century Speakers has since closed its doors, GASB continues to grow its speaker list. As of today, that list includes several hundred speakers, all of which vary in their areas of expertise, from health to sports to education. This variety doesn’t just mean a wide range of options for the event organizer considering a GASB speaker. It also means flexibility for you, should you consider GASB as a partner, as speaking on multiple subjects would make you all the more visible on its website.
Another benefit to working with GASB, although it’s based in the U.S, is its international appeal. Over the past 30 years, many of its clients have approached GASB from overseas and, as of late, have included bookings in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In light of this, if you are considering speaking engagements abroad, GASB is yet another option on this list to take a look at. 👍
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18. Keppler Speakers
Moving on, many of you will recognize this global speakers bureau as one of the largest and most well-known in the industry: Keppler Speakers. Founded in 1983 by speaker agent Jim Keppler, Keppler Speakers was started with what its team describes as “a very simple idea – create a speakers bureau that will serve its clients with excellence and treat its speakers with the respect and professionalism they deserve”. Over the next decade, not only would this mission prove possible through the work of Keppler and his team. It also quickly brought Keppler to a new level of speaking, with Keppler Speakers representing a number of notable speakers over the last few decades.
Today, Keppler Speakers embodies that same humble promise combined with a killer speaker list. In recent years especially, that list speaks for itself and includes a wide range of speakers from famous activist Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too’ Movement, to famous actor John Cleese. Nevertheless, despite its reputation, Keppler Speakers also balances this recognition with a standardized, simple approach to accepting new speakers. In short, although this bureau is a bold choice for a new or inexperienced speaker, it’s also a great goal to aim for, as you build towards a larger team further sales partnerships in your speaking business.
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19. Key Speakers Bureau
Next up is Key Speakers Bureau, based in Newport Beach, California. Key Speakers was founded in 1994 with a mission similar to many bureaus in the industry, namely to “provide [event organizers] with an unparalleled range of keynote speakers and artists who truly make a difference and have a lasting impact on their audiences”. At this time, that “range” of presenters includes a little more than 1,100 speakers. These industry professionals don’t just range in their area of expertise, however. They also range in fee and level of fame, making Key Speakers a reasonable bureau to approach for a partnership, even if you’re not a celebrity.
Key Speakers is also exceptional in how it’s constructed its team. When it was originally launched, Key Speakers was owned and operated solely by women. Today, more than 25 years later, that proud tradition continues, and it’s one of the only speakers bureaus managed by an entirely female staff. While this doesn’t necessarily make it exceptional, as a sales engine, it does provide an environment for other women in the speaking industry to thrive, despite the fact that speaking has long been a male-dominated profession.
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20. Leading Authorities
Twentieth in the list is another international speakers bureau, Leading Authorities, Inc, or LAI. Headquartered in Washington, DC., LAI was originally founded in 1990 by long-time speaker and stroke prevention advocate Mark French. French had already established a reputation in the speaking industry and appeared in numerous media outlets by the time LAI was created, giving the bureau a reputation that has only grown since then. Today, although French is no longer with us, the LAI team carries on his legacy of dedication and industry excellence through offices in the U.S. and London. It also remains one of the best-known bureaus in the U.S., thanks to its active role in the industry and its skilled marketing strategy.
Additionally, LAI is unique in that it isn’t purely a speakers bureau. In fact, currently, LAI is composed of three branches in total: the speakers bureau, a video communications firm, and a live events production practice. Through these segments of its organization, LAI takes a holistic approach to managing events. That way, event organizers receive the resources they need in an efficient manner, and you, as the speaker, know you’re supported by the LAI team before, during, and after the event.
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21. London Speaker Bureau
Another international organization to consider is London Speaker Bureau, based in London, England (surprising, I know). Created in 1994, London Speaker Bureau was co-founded by Tom Kenyon-Slaney and started as a single European office in the London area. Since that time, it has expanded to a total of 33 offices worldwide including locations in New York, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Muscat, Moscow, and Istanbul. It’s also continued to expand its services, most recently launching LSB Advisory, “a new service, that offers corporations and governments an interactive day with some of the world’s business leaders.”
Another exceptional quality to London Speaker Bureau is its commitment to its core values, including its support for global relief efforts. Starting in 2016, for example, the London Speaker Bureau team kickstarted their Carbon Neutral Project across all London Speaker Bureau office locations, worldwide. This project not only included continued financial support for environmental organizations. It also set a goal for their own team to “reach net-zero emissions across all [their] speaker events and offices globally, and continue to work with our partners to reach that aim”. In this way, London Speaker Bureau has consistently grown and evolved, tackling issues such as climate change with a “we can do it” attitude and making it a good fit for speakers looking to do the same.
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22. Macmillan Speakers
Next up is Macmillan Speakers. Based in New York City, Macmillan Speakers is the speaking division of Macmillan Publishers, a global publishing company overseen by a family-owned media conglomerate in Stuttgart, Germany. Because of this layout, Macmillan Speakers functions as a source of international authors and thought leaders and regularly works with an international clientele. This makes it an exceptionally good fit if you are either a U.S. speaker looking for international work or an international speaker looking to continue your work abroad.
Additionally, Macmillan Speakers is another example of a full-service speakers bureau. This means that it handles all of the speakers’ materials and logistics, allowing it to represent exceptional speakers at no extra cost to the event organizer. It also ensures that the organizer has all of the necessary information for a flawless event, saving time and stress in the long run. Plus, for its speakers, it means that any events booked through Macmillan are already coordinated. That way, you can focus less on the travel details and more on your presentation, prior to the event.
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23. Midwest Speakers Bureau
Number 23 in our speakers bureau list is another U.S. based option, Midwest Speakers Bureau. Founded in 1998 by marketer and speaking industry saleswoman Angela Cox-Weston, Midwest Speakers Bureau operates out of Des Moines, Iowa. In general, although they’ve partnered with speakers across the country., this structure makes them an especially appealing option for midwestern speakers looking for live events that aren’t far from home. This includes states that span the center of the U.S, such as Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Indiana, and Illinois.
That said, while its focus may be on the midwestern U.S., Midwest Speakers Bureau’s speaker directory includes almost 1,000 speakers from around the U.S. and Canada. Overall, these speakers not only vary in location but also in their fee ranges and in their primary topic. Considering this, if you’re a relatively new speaker, considering a bureau for the first time, Midwest Speakers Bureau is another reasonable option to add to your list. Plus, they’re a decent long-term option, too, to continue working with as you grow.
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24. National Speakers Bureau
Moving on, the next bureau on our list is the National Speakers Bureau (NSB) in Toronto, Ontario. One of the oldest organizations mentioned here, NSB was founded in 1973 by a group of speaking industry experts in order to provide bureau services to the Canadian speaking market. However, although their initial focus was in Canada alone, the NSB currently promotes over 300 professional speakers from around North America. These speakers span a variety of backgrounds and levels of speaking experience, making NSB yet another example of a bureau that accepts celebrity and non-celebrity speakers alike.
Another positive attribute of NSB is its attention to detail, when it comes to client events. One example of this can be seen in the presentations offered by their speakers, some of which are available in multiple languages. Although this isn’t a common necessity in the U.S. speaking market, this allows event organizers to choose speakers that can easily communicate with all members of their audience. That way, whether the crowd speaks English, French, or both, they can ensure an impactful event. As a bilingual or multilingual speaker, this makes NSB a unique bureau option in which your existing skills could already set you apart from other speakers in the list.
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25. Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau
The 25th speakers bureau we’ll look at is another publisher-based organization: Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. Like Macmillan Speakers, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau functions as a subset of a parent publishing company, in this case Penguin Random House. As one of the largest publishers in the world, its speakers bureau, similarly, has established itself as a consistent source of dynamic content and speaking professionals since it was launched in 2014.
Today, their roster focuses primarily on authors that speak secondarily, as a way to share their message. Currently, this list includes a number of well-known names, such as How to Be an Antiracist author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich. In short, while Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau does represent a large number of speakers, most of those in their list have been published through one of the Penguin Random House agencies in the past. As a result, if you don’t already fall into this category, joining their bureau will be more challenging.
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26. Preferred Speakers
Next up is the oldest bureau on this list, Preferred Speakers. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Preferred Speakers was founded in 1938, giving their team more than 80 years of experience in helping “corporate, association, non-profit and colleges and university meeting planning executives to help them find the right speaker or entertainer for their event”. In doing so, it’s amassed a collection of celebrity and non-celebrity speakers alike. These include celebrities like Barbara Corcoran and Ben Stein as well as NSA members like Laurie Guest and Annie Meehan.
Consequently, although it may outrank the other bureaus in this list when it comes to age, Preferred Speakers remains an approachable option. In fact, even if you’re just beginning the hunt for a speakers bureau, the Preferred Speakers team also offers consulting services. That way, even if you’re starting small, you can confidently build in the right direction.
Additionally, with only three members, the Preferred Speakers team also promises smooth communication and lasting relationships with their speakers, giving you peace of mind that you’re not just a number or a potential sale.
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27. Premiere Speakers Bureau
Another major player in the speakers bureau market is the U.S-based Premiere Speakers Bureau. With offices in Franklin, Tennessee and New York, New York, Premier Speakers was originally established in 1994. Every year since then, it’s handled over 2,000 events and continually added to their roster of thought leaders from around the world. This list currently includes almost 2,000 speakers, most of which travel from within the U.S. Because of this, although it works with international clients, Premier Speakers tends to be most beneficial to speakers already working in and near the United States.
Besides location, another factor to keep in mind, regarding Premier Speakers, is the size of their team. With more than fifty full and part-time employees, it doesn’t necessarily provide the same “right knit” experience of a smaller bureau. However, as part of their service guarantee, Premier Speakers is clear that “the ‘big score’ never outranks taking the time to build long-term relationships with really great people.” In light of that, even if your ideal bureau has a smaller team, Premier Speakers may still be a good fit if you want a partnership for the long haul.
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28. Speakers’ Corner
Our next speakers bureau is another example of an international agency: Speakers’ Corner. With its headquarters in London, Speakers’ Corner was originally established in 1997. However, it wasn’t until their current CEO, Nick Gold, entered the team in 2004 that the agency truly took off. Today, compared to the small, family-run business Gold joined, Speakers’ Corner promotes for than 7,500 speakers, making it the largest bureau (in terms of its speaker list) mentioned.
In addition to its large size, Speakers’ Corner is also unique in its approach to presentations. While most bureaus focus on events oriented around professional speaking, the Speakers’ Corner team includes, instead, “the world’s top motivational speakers, after dinner speakers, conference facilitators, keynote speakers, awards hosts, comedians, cabaret acts and personalities for live corporate events”. In other words, compared to many of the speakers bureaus in this list, Speakers’ Corner promotes a wide range of presentation styles. This makes them an especially good fit if your presentation style is closer “entertaining” than strictly “public speaking.”
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29. The Speaker Exchange Agency
Next is another speakers bureau from the midwestern U.S., The Speaker Exchange Agency. One of the newest bureaus in the industry, The Speaker Exchange Agency was launched in Overland Park, Kansas in 2011. Today, their team includes the two founding members, Julie Homsey and Brittanny Kreutzer. It also involves six other women from the speaking industry, making it the second all-female bureau included in this list. As with Key Speakers Bureau, this makes The Speaker Exchange Agency exceptionally approachable, if you’re a female speaker.
The Speaker Exchange Agency is also notable in the size and variety of their speaker list. Currently, its speakers range in industry from sports to societal change to social media, and, with roughly 800 members, the competition for a given topic can be steep. In light of this, although it’s still accepting applications for the coming year, keep in mind that The Speaker Exchange Agency isn’t necessarily a shoe-in, if it’s the first agency you’re approaching.
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Another well-known speaker bureau – and the next on our list – is SpeakerMatch. Founded in 2001 by business technology consultant Bryan Caplovitz, SpeakerMatch operates out of Austin, Texas. In addition to providing added visibility for the speakers they represent, SpeakerMatch also allows event organizers to post “calls for speakers” on the SpeakerMatch site. That way, speakers can easily raise a hand when an event fits their area of expertise, and the organizer receives a quick and easy solution to their event’s needs.
Additionally, unlike the other bureaus listed here, SpeakerMatch is a single component in a six-part ecosystem of speaking industry service companies. These include CruiseSpeaking.com, My Conference Line, and Behind The Podium as well as SpeakerMatch’s speakers bureau. Together, these businesses combine to form the Austin, Texas company Simply Speaking, Inc. which, in the words of its team, provides “tools and services to speakers, experts, and others who have information to share with an audience.” They also mention that they “cater primarily to the emerging speaker/expert audience,” making SpeakerMatch a good fit if this if your first bureau partnership or if speaking is your part-time profession.
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31. The Speaker Agency
Number 31 is another California based speakers bureau: The Speaker Agency. Based in Marina Del Ray, The Speaker Agency was founded in 2005 and has since established itself as a small but steadily growing presence in the speaking industry. Like many in this list, The Speaker Agency describes itself as “a full-service speaker and entertainment bureau with global reach”. This means that not only does its team handle speakers’ logistics leading up to client events. The Speaker Agency is also responsible for extending these services to a global audience, not simply audiences in the U.S.
In terms of its speakers, The Speaker Agency is relatively small, representing less than 600 speakers at this time. This simple and concise approach to the bureau model is also mirrored in the size of the Speaker Agency team. With only five team members, it’s one of the smallest listed here, making it another convenient option if you are looking for a long term relationship with a small and intimate team of speakers bureau representatives.
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32. Speakers’ Spotlight
Next, let’s look at Number 32 and the second Canadian-based speakers bureau in this list, Speakers’ Spotlight. Established in 1995 by Martin and Farah Perelmuter, Speakers’ Spotlight started as a small, two-man operation with no initial clients, no experience in the speaking industry, and no startup income. Today, it’s grown to almost thirty team members and more than a thousand events booked annually with the Speakers’ Spotlight team. These events also extend far outside of its Canadian base, totaling engagements in more than 35 countries over the last 15 years. This means them a great fit for any Canadian speakers reading this as well as any speakers looking to expand their international speaking resume.
Besides the size of Speakers’ Spotlight and its team, it’s also important to note its employee sales policy. For most speakers bureaus, sales representatives are paid largely on commission, encouraging them to book more gigs in order to earn a greater commission. However, in many cases, this unintentionally incentivizes sales reps to prefer speakers with higher fees, leading to fewer gigs for less expensive speakers in their registry. Fortunately, Speakers’ Spotlight operates with a “no commission” policy, paying its employees a regular salary and, in doing so, minimizing the change of favoritism. That way, you can rest easy, knowing that you’ll be booked based primarily on your speaking topic, not your fee.
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Next up is the 33rd speakers bureau in this list, SpeakInc out of San Diego, California. Founded in 1989 by speaking industry alum Ruth Levine-Schmid, SpeakInc promotes its services on an international level as well as for clients local to its main office. As far as bureaus go, it also has some of the smallest turnover rates, and a large percentage of its current team has been around since it was founded. This not only suggests exceptional service within the company and with its partners. It also ensures that any of SpeakInc’s partners are working with a knowledgeable and dedicated team that will sell their speaking services with exceptional ability.
Additionally, SpeakInc is also noticeable for the size of its speaker list. Currently, with more than 1700 active members on record, this directory is one of the largest in the western U.S., making it an attractive starting point for event organizers and speakers alike. At the same time, however, SpeakInc’s team is clear that they are “always open to working with emerging talent” and are proud to “an avenue for new speakers to show us what they can do”. In light of this, if you’re a growing speaker considering partnership with a speakers bureau for the first time, SpeakInc is definitely worth a look. 👌
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Moving on, another experienced bureau is Speaking.com. Founded in 1993 by Michael Frick, Speaking.com functions as an international bureau. As such, although it’s based in Palm Springs, California, it offers booking services to a global audience, including the U.S., Canada, and across Europe. Their speaker roster also includes internationally acclaimed speakers, allowing clients to choose from experienced speakers and allowing speakers to build their international speaking skills.
This theme of convenience allow comes into play in Speaking.com’s booking process. As mentioned for many in this list, Speaking.com is a full service speaking bureau. On top of finding and recommending speakers for their clients, this means that the Speaking.com team manages all logistics, communication, and conflicts between the clients and the speaker they represent. That way, as the speaker, you can focus on more pressing issues, like preparing your presentation or updating your speaker bio.
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35. Washington Speakers Bureau
Our next bureau is another widely known organization within the worldwide speaking community: Washington Speakers Bureau. Also known as WSB, Washington Speakers Bureau was founded in 1980 by Paula and Bernie Swain and Harry Rhoads. At that time, upon verbally contracting with WSB’s first client, Bernie Swain imparted an attitude that immediately brought them attention, saying, “Well, what good is a piece of paper if someone is unhappy with us?”. In other words, why is a contact worth anything if the client that signed it is just waiting for a chance to get out of it?
This service-oriented attitude and lack of contracts ultimately led to WSB representation for countless Washington journalists in the years to follow. Today, WSB’s partner list is made up of some of the most well-known names in American history, including Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke. WSB also currently represents nearly 600 speakers from social, political, and educational positions of prestige around the U.S. Because of this, admission to WSB can be difficult and should be considered only when you are well-established and experienced in managing your speaking business without bureau representation.
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36. Worldwide Speakers Group
Last but not least in our speakers bureau list is Worldwide Speakers Group, or WWSG. Established in Alexandria, Virginia in 2009, WWSG is one of the newest speakers bureaus in this list. However, it’s also one of the most reputable. In fact, of the 550 speakers in their directory, many are well-known celebrities including comedian and political satirist John Oliver and legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner.
Because of this, acceptance into WWSG’s directory is generally limited to established speakers or well-known leaders within a given industry. To hear the WWSG team tell it, “If you are a corporate executive, best-selling author, industry thought leader, leading inspirational speaker or whatever the case may be, we welcome great speakers all the time.” This makes it most worthwhile if you’re already an experienced speaker. However, if you’re still growing your speaking business – no worries! Just add WWSG to your list of goals of the future. 😊
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At this point, we’ve covered 36 different speakers bureaus, dozens of speaker bureau market leaders, and countless tips to help you narrow down which organizations in this list are the best fit for your speaking business. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! Hopefully, this blog helps speed up your search process, as you consider reaching out to speakers bureaus in the future.
On the other hand, if we missed a bureau or two or if you’ve worked with one of the above bureaus, feel free to drop us a line! We’re always looking for ways to provide the best information possible for those in the speaking industry and improve our content, this guide included. 👍
Note from the SpeakerFlow team: Please note that we, as a company, do not have an affiliate relationship or a similar agreement of any kind with the speakers bureaus in this list. With this guide, our intention is purely to provide you with a single place to view them all and consider their pros and cons. That way, you can confidently choose a bureau based on your own needs rather than someone else’s recommendation. After all, no one knows your speaking business better than you do!