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A Speaking Engagement Agreement, also sometimes called a Speaker Agreement, is a document through which two parties come together to form a contract for speaking services at an event. The two parties are called the speaker (the party who is doing the actual speaking) and the event host (who is hosting the event where the speaker will be). Speaking Engagement Agreements are very common for both big and small events. This type of agreement can be used for a speaker giving a speech at a large event, like a conference, or even for a speaker giving a talk at a small event, like a meeting of just a few people.
Speaking Engagement Agreements are necessary when the two parties are getting together for speaking services, because these agreements help outline all of the most important terms of the parties' relationship.
Many speakers operate as independent businesses in and of themselves. In fact, due to the popularity of hiring different speakers at different events based on subject-matter expertise, most speakers work entirely as their own entities, making a living speaking at various events. The speaking engagement can cover any topic area.
In an agreement like this, standard contractual clauses are also included, such as choice of law and venue.
How to use this document
This document can be used in any scenario in which a speaker and event host would like to begin their relationship. It can be used by either party - in other words, for an event host or venue looking for a standard template for speakers invited there, this would be a good fit. The size of the engagement doesn't matter; this agreement can be used for both small and large functions.
In this document, basic identifying information about the parties will be entered, such as names and address details. Then, details about the actual speaking services and event are included. This information includes fees, the details of the event such as date, time, and venue, and of course, what the speaker will be talking about.
After this document is filled out, it should be printed so that both parties can sign it. Then, a best practice is for both parties to keep a copy.
Speaking Engagement Agreements are normally subject to individual state laws, governing general and commercial contract principles.
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