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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is The Lavin Agency?

For over 30 years, The Lavin Agency speakers bureau has helped a diverse range of clients find the perfect speakers for conferences, keynotes, workshops, and more. We represent authors, scientists, business leaders, humanitarians, politicians, economists, and other remarkable people making the world a smarter, and better, place. For keynotes on technology, education, the arts, social justice, science, and any other topic or industry, we are North America’s premier intellectual speakers bureau.

Why should I book a speaker with Lavin?

We’re not your typical speakers bureau. That means we’re in the business of anticipating the zeitgeist—we need to know who is hot next year, and why. And that means we work with the best speakers in the industry. Genuinely world-changing, headline-making thinkers, writers, and doers. 

How do I learn the availability and cost of a specific speaker for my event?

Call us! Our agents are more than happy to walk you through the booking process.

I can’t find a specific speaker on your website. Can you help me book them for an event?

Lavin has been in the business for over 30 years, and we have an extensive, constantly refreshed database of keynote speakers. If you can’t find the speaker you’re looking on our site, send us an email or give us a call, and one of our agents will simply find the speaker you’re looking for.

What’s the difference between exclusive, non-exclusive, and unlisted speakers?

We maintain a close relationship with our exclusive speakers, know their work intimately, and have chosen to highlight them for a reason—they’re some of the most interesting, articulate, and gifted leaders in their fields. So think of our exclusive speakers as a curated list of the best of the best. We also list a select number of non-exclusive speakers on our website: people we work with regularly and are pleased to recommend. But, as mentioned, we can help you find any speaker you’re looking for, regardless of whether they’re on our site.

I need to book a keynote speaker, but I don’t have a theme or organizational focus for my event yet. What should I do?

Our agents love helping their clients curate an outstanding event, and can help you determine what you’re looking for—even if you don’t know it yet. By establishing your goals, audience, topics, and interests, we can find the perfect speaker (or speakers).

How do your fees work? Are there any hidden charges?

There are no ‘hidden’ fees—our costs are included in the speaker’s fee. There are usually expenses to cover transportation and accommodations, but your agent will clearly outline these throughout the booking process.

How long are the speakers available to talk for?

Every speaker has different preferences. Many are comfortable with 45 minutes. A few might speak for 75–90 minutes. It all depends. Your agent will tell you how long each speaker is willing to speak.

I’d like to contact a speaker with a media request—an interview, broadcast, feature article, pitch, or something similar. Can you put me in touch?

The Lavin Agency only handles paid speaking requests.

Can the speaker appear at or participate in extra functions before or after the keynote? Can they stay for dinner, a reception, host a workshop, or take part in a Q&A, book signing, or class visit?

This all depends on the speaker, and their availability. Your agent will let you know your speaker’s preferences. If you do have additional requests, be sure to communicate them early in the process so that the speaker is properly prepared.

What happens if I encounter problems—if there are delays, cancellations, or other problems with the venue or transportation?

We are here to help in the event of any problem. Call our 24-hour assistance line outside of normal business hours, and we’ll do everything we can to get your event back on track.

When, and how, can we start promoting the event? Does The Lavin Agency or the speaker help with promotions?

We’ll let you know when the paperwork is finished, at which point you’re free to start promoting your event. We can provide you with official speaker-related marketing materials, including head shots, bios, stage introductions and more for posting, programs, save-the-dates, and so forth. It’s up to each individual speaker whether they want to promote your event, but we can ask them on your behalf.

Will my speaker customize their talk to suit my organization or event theme?

We provide our speakers with background information on you, your event, your audience, and why they’ve been booked. Whether you’re holding a company retreat, a conference, a fundraiser, a workshop, or a fireside chat, our speakers will know all about you—and most will take such things into account as they design and customize their keynotes and presentations.

Will my speaker have a rider and specific A/V requirements?

Yes—each speaker will have unique needs for their keynote involving audio-visual equipment, lighting, microphones, refreshments, lecterns, screens, and other components of a great presentation. As mentioned above, you will be provided with an event itinerary containing all pertinent information and requests from the speaker long before the event itself.

Can I get copies of my speaker’s book(s) for sale or signing at the event?

Yes. We are happy to liaise with your speaker’s publisher in order to make books available at your event.