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Frequently Asked Questions

The following address questions IASB frequently receives from Meeting Professionals. If you have a question that is not addressed below or need more information, please contact the IASB Office at (480) 839-1423 or

Q: How do I find a speakers bureau to help me secure a speaker for my meeting, convention or event?

A: On the IASB website home page ( click on Bureaus. This will take you to a searchable database of IASB members. You may search by any key word by typing the word or words in the Search Box. As you type the word the list of bureaus will be filter for listings that match your key words. Each listing provides the contact information and website address.

Q - Why should I work with a speakers bureau to secure a speaker rather than contracting with a speaker directly?

A - You may know what you want to accomplish with your speaker, but don't know who to contact. A bureau is able to secure the right speaker for the right price to meet your needs. Another benefit in working with a speaker bureau is when a speaker must cancel, just before they are to be on the platform. The bureau provides a best-effort search for a replacement speaker.

Q - How much more will it cost to book a speaker through a speakers bureau?

A - Typically, you will pay the same fee for the speaker, when you book him / her through the bureau, as you would if you went directly to the speaker. A few speakers require the bureau to add-on a service fee.

Q - May I book speakers with more than one bureau?

A - As the buyer you may choose to work with any speakers bureau you wish. The exception to this is when you have signed a contract with a bureau stating that you will book all future speakers through that bureau. It is important to understand the contract you sign.

Q - If a speaker has an exclusive contract with a given speakers bureau, must I book the speaker with that bureau?

A - Most "Exclusive Speakers" are available for co-brokering. That means if you wish to book a speaker through a bureau that has an exclusive contract with another bureau, the first bureau usually can co-broker with the bureau that holds the contract.

Q - Why should I book speakers through speakers bureaus that belong to the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB)?

A - Those bureaus that belong to IASB have pledged to conduct their business in accordance to the IASB Code of Ethics. In addition, if there is a problem that a customer is having with a member bureau, the customer may file a complaint with the IASB Ethics Committee.

Q - If I have a bad experience with a speakers bureau that is a member of IASB, what can the association do to assist me with my complaint?

A - IASB has an Ethics Committee that reviews written complaints filed against members for violations of the Professional Standards. The Standards and complaint form are available online (click here). Articles about the Speaking & Events Industry by our Members:


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