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Frequently Asked Questions
As a keynote speaker I get many questions from organizers of events and conferences. I try to answer many of them in the speaking FAQ on this page. But if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TOPICS? Bev is a violence expert and is Certified as a QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor, and DeKalb County Court Victims Legal Advocate. Bev specializes in Workplace Violence and Safety including Micromanagement, School Safety including Bulling, Cyber-Bullying, and Suicide, Family Violence, Child Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Church Violence.
Bev other topics are Christian Growth based on Biblical Principles.
HOW MUCH TIME IN ADVANCE DO YOU NEED FOR A BOOKING? For events that requires travel outside of Georgia, I prefer to have a minimum of 30 days but can work with you if you have a dire need. For travel within Georgia, a minimum of two weeks in advance. However, in either case, it always best to book Bev as early as possible to ensure her availability for your program.
WHAT IS YOUR SPEAKING FEES? Bev have a strong commitment to fee integrity and has published her fee range on her website. Also, there are some variables that can sometimes be taken into consideration, for example, Bev will speak for free or for a nominal fee for some non-profit and church events based on her availability, and for some events designed for her exposure, and book sales. Whatever your situation is, Bev will partner with you to create the most attractive offer for your event and that will fit within your budget. It does not hurt to ask!
CAN WE NEGOTIATE YOUR FEE? The fees are fair, consistent across countries, dependent on local purchasing power, and they are negotiable within reason.
DO YOU CHARGE TRAVEL EXPENSES? No, my fee includes travel expenses and accommodation. This means that I do not ask you to arrange anything for me. Also, my travels are better managed by myself. Of course, I will coordinate my travel times and locations with you.
DO YOU WANT US TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS? No, thanks. Only I know exactly what I need, and you don’t know all my frequent flyer numbers, etc. Besides, my travels are often too complicated (with multiple destinations) to allow organizers to book flight tickets for me. Trust me, a simple return ticket is a rare event for me!
CAN YOU SEND A COPY OF THE FLIGHT TICKET RECEIPT? After the event I will send an invoice which will list the speaking fee and any additional expenses. My fee includes travel expenses, but if you want I can mention flight costs separately. However, I don’t send copies of receipts because it doesn’t make sense to send you an invoice and a receipt. Tax offices require either one or the other, not both.
DO YOU WANT US TO BOOK YOUR HOTEL? That won’t be necessary. However, I appreciate suggestions for any 4- or 5-star hotels in the vicinity of your event.
CAN WE CHECK YOUR PRESENTATION IN ADVANCE? I think the quality of presentations can only be properly evaluated by professional public speakers. Movie viewers cannot rate a film by just looking at the script. Likewise, customers cannot rate a presentation by just looking at the slides. If you want a sense of what I can do for you, it is better to browse the videos on my website.
CAN YOU SEND YOUR PRESENTATION BEFORE THE EVENT? Sorry, I prefer not to do that. The presentation is useless without me, so why should I send it? You can be sure that I bring the presentation with me, both on my own computer and on a USB stick. Furthermore, I always tweak presentations the day or night before an event. Any presentation that I send earlier will not be up-to-date anymore when I go on stage. Last but not least, I know my presentations work fine on my computer. Other computers usually don’t have the correct fonts, the correct software, etc. As the maker of my presentations, I am the only one who can see if all slides look exactly as they should.
PLEASE USE OUR COMPUTER Sorry, but I prefer not to. I use my own computer because it is optimized for behaving well during my presentations. It has the right PowerPoint version, the proper fonts, settings, etc… Whenever I had problems in the past, it was always the computers of organizers that were giving me trouble, so I stopped using them. Doctors, painters, and photographers all prefer using their own tools. It’s the same with presenters. And yes, I bring a Windows PC.
WHAT DO YOU NEED DURING YOUR PRESENTATION? I prefer a hands-free microphone (a headset or a clip-on mike), a place where I can see my own presentation when I’m speaking (either my own computer on the stage, or a duplicate screen in front of me), a bottle of water (FIJI or Dasani), and an interested audience that you have advertised to and wooed to your program.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR LUNCH/DINNER/PANELS? That sounds great, but of course it depends on my travel schedule. Feel free to check with me before the event.
CAN WE MAKE A VIDEO OF YOUR TALK? Depends, this requires a discussion ahead of time. In most cases, Yes, you can make (and publish) videos of most of my presentations. However, I make an exception for my latest/newest presentation, to maintain a sense of exclusivity for other paying customers.
CAN WE MAKE YOUR SLIDES AVAILABLE? You can make my presentation available for attendees of your event via email, Dropbox, or other services. However, I do not allow publishing of my slides on a public website, because I want to keep them all together in one location, on my SlideShare account.
WILL YOU HELP US WITH THE MARKETING OF OUR EVENT? I add all public events to my speaking calendar and on my websites. I sometimes also inform the people who are subscribed to my newsletter. But please don’t expect a significant marketing effort. I attend dozens of events each year, and I prefer not to be seen by my followers/readers as a marketing spam machine.
WILL YOU BE AVAILABLE DURING THE WHOLE EVENT? That depends on the circumstances. I will provide 100% foe serviced paid for. If I am free, I can hang around if asked. However, because I attend many events each year, people cannot expect me to attend all sessions and participate in all discussions at each of their unpaid event. Sometimes I hang around in the hallways, doing a bit of work. Sometimes I have to leave and travel to the next event. If my availability during your whole event is important to you, let me know well in advance. Maybe we can agree on the conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BEV MUST CANCELS? Cancellations are very rare in this industry. Bev will do almost anything to ensure she make it to the event except fight with Mother Nature's serious storm warnings. Bev knows it’s her job to get there! However, there are times when emergencies or illness cause a cancellation, when we book or plan events, we never knows what lies ahead, health wise. Times like these are extremely rare, but it’s important to know that Bev is always prepared. Bev will utilize her knowledge and contacts to quickly find excellent replacement options for you and work to ensure the event is a total success. Bottomline, your satisfaction and successful program is priority one.