Speaker Bureau Services - An Overview For Our Clients
What are the benefits of working with American Program Bureau?
Speaker Selection & Program Consultation
The American Program Bureau (APB) takes pride in our extremely qualified group of Program Consultants. The essence and face of our organization, combined they boast nearly 200 years of experience working with speakers, organizations, associations, nonprofits, and colleges and universities alike to help deliver cutting edge, creative, and contemporary programming.
Skilled in matching just the right speaker to the right event, our Program Consultants are known for maintaining a steady pulse on current events, and for their developed knowledge in the areas of politics, literary arts, business, education, popular culture, and healthcare. They aren’t just searching a database for a name – they are drawing on culture, knowledge, experience, and philosophy to recommend someone appropriate for your event. It is demonstrating such attention to programming needs that sets our associates apart from the rest in the industry, resulting in an unsurpassed quality that clients have come to expect over the past 40+ years.
Travel & Event Logistics
When you book a speaker through APB, we take care of the details so that you can focus on your event. APB’s client services department is a full service travel agency with access to over 98% of the world’s airlines, hotels and ground transportation outlets. We take care of it all.
Available around the clock should something go awry, you can trust in our team’s experience, organized itineraries, and attention to detail. Throughout the entire process, we keep you up-to-date, notifying you of any changes in travel or last minute arrangements. We make it so our clients can count on all of the benefits of a trouble-free speaker arrival and event execution, without the added hassle of coordinating needs and scheduling.
Creative Programming Ideas
At APB, we understand that building a successful, entertaining, informative program can be a challenge. How do you attract the attention of an audience, hold its interest, and all the while effectively reach the goals your program set out to accomplish? At APB, we have had over 40 years of experience in helping clients address these and other overwhelming challenges associated with event planning – whether you are coming to us with an idea in mind and need slight guidance in developing it, or you are coming to us with a clean slate from which to get the ball rolling.
Our program consultants have seen what works and what doesn’t. This experience, coupled with their intimate knowledge of our vast roster, creative thinking, and incredible foresight into the trends and hot button issues of the day, results in a program specialized to your needs and successfully aligned with your objectives. We work hand in hand with you to create programs that will impress, intrigue, and engage an audience, ultimately making you look your best.
VIP Website: Online Access to Event Details Around the Clock
In our constant effort to make working with our speakers bureau easier and to provide our clients with the most helpful and supportive tools for each event, we created the Virtual Information Planner (VIP). Housed on secure site, you can gain access to the detailed information about your event(s) with the personalized login information that we send you when you book with our speakers bureau.
With offices in 14 countries around the world, our global reach affords clients more than just an amplified roster of international political leaders, authors, business minds, and decision-makers from which to choose. APB associates in these locations offer invaluable perspectives on global voices and current issues that will generate the most interest and appeal to your audience. Not only that, if you are planning an event in an area unfamiliar to you, APB program consultants in that location have the experience and cultural understanding to ensure that the correct protocol is followed, etiquette adhered to, and that logistics are executed smoothly.
Extensive Speaker Roster
With a global network of speakers, we can accommodate any topic, budget, or event. We represent celebrities, authors, Nobel Laureates, distinguished world leaders, renowned experts from any field, and many others. Our speakers offer a multitude of backgrounds and experiences and can speak on such topics as diversity, healthcare, politics, international affairs, motivation and inspiration, children and family issues, and more. We can also provide you with world-class performers, entertainers and comedians for your event entertainment needs.
Joining with industry leaders Teleportec and International Creative Management (ICM) has enabled APB to further expand our roster and the ways in which we can provide effective, innovative programming. A pioneering three-dimensional virtual technology used to deliver speakers, Teleportec offers the next best thing to an in-person presentation. Our partnership with ICM has not only allowed us access to an even broader selection of talent, but our relationship has changed the landscape of creative programming and entertainment in the lecture industry. With ICM’s solid reputation as a leading talent management firm, their roster is ever-expanding, allowing us to offer you endless possibilities and direct access to the highest caliber celebrities, authors, and entertainers.
Support and Solutions for Cancellations
At APB, we are pleased to boast an extremely low cancellation rate among our speakers. When the occasional cancellation does occur, it is generally attributed to something that is out of both APB’s and the speaker’s control – such as a sudden emergency or unforeseen circumstance. Otherwise, we have a thorough process in place when planning speaking engagements that ensures accordance with our speakers’ schedules to prevent any hiccups or cancellations.
In the highly unlikely case that an emergency does arise and a speaker must cancel, we will either work with you to find an appropriate replacement, or refund the payment including the deposit in full. A complete outline of the cancellation policy can be found on your contract, or you can request one from your program consultant to review prior to booking the speaker.
The most important thing to remember is that APB is here for you. We will work our hardest to ensure that your event goes on. Our extensive global network of speakers offers countless options in case of any emergency, and our staff is available around the clock, more than ready to handle any last minute complications should they arise. Whatever the problem may be, and whenever it may occur, we are here to help.
APB's Long-Term Approach
At APB, we focus on building solid relationships – with both our clients and our speakers. We work hard to marry our goal of understanding exactly what clients are looking for with understanding exactly what our speakers stand for. With this mindset, we are able to support our mission of providing the best fit instead of achieving the largest profit. When a client is satisfied with their experience working with APB, the relationship that ensues is much more powerful than a onetime booking. Developing such lasting connections with our clients, as well as continuing to strengthen current bonds with our speakers, ultimately leads to an even more value-added experience for everyone in the future.