Part of my connectivity with people includes speaking at events like conferences and workshops.
Since 2004, I have developed a wide range of knowledge and some expertise in the still-emerging and broad area of social media, its impact on business and communication, and how organizations can best use new media channels to foster and develop true engagement between people.
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Like many of my peers in the organizational communication field, I receive invitations to participate in conferences, etc, as a speaker. I’m always happy to consider being part of a conference or other event and doing my bit to make it a success for everyone, organizers and participants alike.
Fee or pro bono?
As a general rule, I charge a fee and out-of-pocket expenses (such as travel and accommodation) to speak at a conference, workshop or other type of event, especially if the event is organized for profit, ie, the organizer charges people a fee to attend and/or the event is sponsored by one or more organizations.
Sometimes, I’m willing to consider participating in an event on a pro bono basis (ie, not charge a speaking fee) if the organizer or the event beneficiary is a not-for-profit organization, or the event has a compelling appeal to me such that I really want to be involved, fee or not.
I may waive a speaking fee at a for-profit event if no other speaker is receiving a fee or other form of compensation.