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December 22, 2004 11:49 PM   Subscribe

How much would you pay to have an "Accelerationist" speak at your next event? You'll have to call and find out. Same with The “Wantivator”, Phil Steffen. Some people are up front about how much they want to speak at an event but if you want Deepak Chopra, you'll have to call his people. Seems like everyone from the very famous to the not-so-famous has an audience.
posted by KevinSkomsvold (12 comments total)
"Frank Reich -- Legendary NFL Quarterback"?

Hmmm...well, he did have that one big come-from-behind game...

Reading these fees, I feel like I'm in the wrong line of work.
posted by First Post at 12:17 AM on December 23, 2004

Wow--very interesting. There are some rather big names here.

Maybe you could get Ann and Al to speak on the same stage. They don't list their prices, but they've gotta be cheaper than Dick.
posted by zardoz at 12:19 AM on December 23, 2004

I want to book these two at the same event just to see what happens.

Heheh First Post. That was the same reaction I had to the Frank Reich page. Now Magic Johnson on the other hand; that would be almost worth seeing.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:30 AM on December 23, 2004

Zell Miller will come speak to your group... no mention on cost of pistols or if you need to hire a first hand.
posted by StephenV at 12:33 AM on December 23, 2004

It's really interesting to see the different fees for this wide range of people. Can you imagine getting $35,000 for one speech? Incredible.
posted by deafmute at 1:08 AM on December 23, 2004

Perhaps you'd like to catch up with...Flounder?
posted by MrZero at 5:52 AM on December 23, 2004

I saw this guy years ago - he was funny, but not $11,000 funny.
posted by grateful at 6:11 AM on December 23, 2004

Episode 4 summed this up perfectly.
posted by fungible at 7:36 AM on December 23, 2004

At my old school, the SGA had a big problem with wasting money on bringing horrible 'speakers' to the campus. We've had Tina Wesson from Survivor and Mike and Coral from The Real World. Why? I guess the money was burning a hole in their pocket.
posted by PantsOfSCIENCE at 7:48 AM on December 23, 2004

I wonder who Sparky Anderson does impressions of. He is listed under that category.

We saw a Humor Your Stress video at my old job. She was very funny. But I guess it was more effective to show the video than to have her do it for us in person.

Did anyone else have the annual motivational speaker assembly in high school?
posted by SisterHavana at 8:00 AM on December 23, 2004

Loretta LaRoche and I had books coming out at the same time once, and let me just say that it really, really sucks to have to try to get the sales force interested in your book right after a professional motivational speaker has made them all fall in love with hers.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:34 AM on December 23, 2004

I saw this guy years ago - he was funny, but not $11,000 funny.

I dunno:

"Durwood Fincher provides an unexpected, hilarious experience for your audience. Introduced to your audience as Dr. Robert Payne, a bumbling, bureaucratic Washington D.C. stereotype, "Dr. Payne's" presentation-customized to your industry or organization-is filled with enough bureaucratic rhetoric, jargon, buzzwords and hollow platitudes to spin heads. As the audience listens they slowly begin to realize that he is saying nothing at all and that, in all respects, something funny is going on. Laughter erupts and the fun really begins when they catch on that they're being put-on and he shifts into a spirited, uplifting presentation stressing the importance of humor and clear communication in the workplace."

I pay someone to do this weekly in my home for me and my family (3 kids), and it's costing me easily $30,000 each time. I'm a garment inspector for a major Chinese subsidiary of a Korean interest with holdings in Malaysian textiles, not Donald Trump! Jesus Christmas ... the nerve ... But our family really needs a speaker to come to our home every week, and one who concentrates on communication in the workplace - a sense of humor is a plus, for the kids - and it's not like people are doing it for free. This would be some savings. Plus, I like the look of this Durwood Fincher. If I were a rich man I'd pay him his fee just to keep him smiling. Alas, I'm a humble man of modest means, but one with a dream of inexpensive and humorous public speakers with uplifting presentations who emphasize the importance of clear communication in the workplace.
posted by krinklyfig at 12:59 AM on December 24, 2004

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