APB is a Global Speaker, Celebrity & Entertainment Agency

Frequently Asked Questions



What are the benefits of using a speakers bureau?

Working with a speakers bureau to secure talent for your events ensures that booking speakers, programs and entertainment for your event is the easiest part of your planning process. From developing creative programming ideas to securing the speaker to managing contracts to arranging logistics and travel plans, our experienced staff will be there with you at every step in the process.


What types of speakers does APB represent?

With one of the largest rosters in the industry, APB has speakers to match any topic, budget, or event. Our dynamic voices includes past officials, world leaders, celebrities, entertainers, business leaders, best-selling authors, renowned experts from nearly every field and more.


What type of events are APB speakers available for?

APB's speakers are available for a wide range of programs, events and non-traditional engagements, including:

  • Keynote Addresses
  • Headlining Entertainment
  • Debates & Panels
  • Recognition & Observation Months
  • Customized On-Site Seminars & Workshops
  • Executive Briefings / Retreats
  • Event MC / Host
  • Freshmen Orientation
  • Commencement
  • Community Read / All Freshman Read
  • Grand Openings / Product Roll-outs


If I don't see a speaker listed on your website, can you still book them for my event?

Of course! APB features nearly 1,500 speakers on our website, but our network consists of thousands more. Our program consultants have access to speakers spanning the globe, and, as a member of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus, we have the ability to secure other speakers bureaus' exclusive speakers on behalf of our clients. If you are interested in a speaker not listed on our website, please email or call us at 617.614.1600 and we will contact them for you.


How does someone become a speaker with APB?

If you are a professional speaker and are seeking speakers bureau representation with APB, please visit our representation page for instructions on how to submit your materials for review.


How much does it cost to book a speaker?

The cost to book a speaker can depend on a number of different factors, including the type of event, how far a speaker has to travel, length and number of presentations and demand for a speaker's services. Your program consultant will clearly outline the costs during your booking process—there are no hidden fees in using a speakers bureau.


How far in advance should I start planning an event?

Optimally, events are planned 6-12 months in advance. However, we know this is not always possible. Our program consultants and event coordinators are experienced with working in shorter timeframes and are adept at coordinating last minute bookings or replacement speakers in the case of an emergency cancellation. If you are looking to secure one of our higher profile speakers or host an event on a popular date, we advise that you begin planning as early as possible, as many of our top speakers have dates scheduled up to several years in advance.


How can I evaluate a potential speaker before booking them?

Our experienced program consultants will work with you to understand your programming and event needs, give you customized recommendations and provide you with the tools you need to properly evaluate each option for your event. Our website showcases speaker biographies, topic descriptions, videos, testimonials and more. If you do not see materials for a specific speaker on our site, call us at 617.614.1600 to see if we have them available offline.


What if my speaker has to cancel because of an emergency?

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. In the unlikely event that a cancellation does occur, APB is here for you. Our extensive global network of speakers offers countless secondary options and our staff is available around the clock should any last minute complications arise.