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What do you offer to a high-profile speaker when inviting him to an event?

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Unless they live locally it’s almost rude not to offer flights and accommodation—they will certainly expect it.

If you want to make a really good impression, have someone pick them up at the airport and take them to their hotel. It can be a black car, but it’s also a nice gesture if the event organiser does it personally.

For massive bonus points: provide them with a preloaded data SIM card (maybe even in a device that does tethering which they can borrow for the trip). Speakers from abroad will appreciate this enormously.

Have a speakers dinner at a good restaurant.

Don’t be surprised if high profile speakers expect a speakers fee.

This is What do you offer to a high-profile speaker when inviting him to an event? by Simon Willison, posted on 24th June 2013.

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