Is what the CEO told me when we first met. He runs speakers bureaus in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, The UK, The Netherlands, and the US.
What all those countries have in common is one thing: speakers have a tough job. They are alone most of the time. They research alone, they go to their jobs alone and they handle much contact through emails. They also ask for help, that the bureaus are often not able to give them. There is a good reason for that. The reason is based in - not laziness but statistics. It is a bad business case. In a later blog post we’ll get into why.
What is dumb, he explained is that all these people share the same issues. How should they negotiate, how can they get on stage in the first place, and what is the market even looking for these days?
“But they don’t talk to each other. Maybe we can change that,” the CEO suggested.
And the need for some advice and help is real. We surveyed speakers to get a clearer picture, and this number seems very high: