In general, most public speakers charge per-event fees for their services. This means that the rate for each conversation will vary depending on the speaker's time spent on stage, as well as any additional travel fees incurred. For instance, motivational speakers who specialize in giving inspirational speeches at banquets or dinners may include travel time away from the office in their rate. This could mean that a 3-day conference could be quoted at a rate based on four or five days, depending on how long it takes the speaker to travel there.
The first step to becoming a motivating speaker is to improve your public speaking skills, according to Dave Oakes, owner of Dave Oakes Seminars. Event planners can find keynote speakers who charge rates ranging from hundreds of dollars and up to many thousands of dollars for their services. It is important to be honest about the amount you can spend on hiring a motivating speaker so that you can plan accordingly for the event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic reducing the number of in-person conferences, meetings and corporate training seminars, motivating speakers are now offering their services online through live talks, on-demand webinars, and digital book sales.
Motivational speakers have the opportunity to generate income by working with corporations, sports organizations, law enforcement and military agencies, schools, and private groups. While some speakers new to the speaking circuit may be willing to speak for a lower price or at a discount, more recognized and recognized professional speakers generally have higher rates. It is important to keep this in mind when hiring a keynote speaker for a full day or half day compared to a short speaker.