Ruth Levine


Founder, Speak Inc.

Ruth Levine founded Speak Inc. in 1989. Called upon by hotel chains and meeting planner associations to present workshops on speaker trends and the speaker bureau industry, Ruth also contributes articles to meetings industry publications. She is a recipient of the prestigious "Member of the Year Award" from the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, a native of Manhattan, and a graduate of Skidmore College. Find more at the Speak Inc. Web site:

The New Keynote: Artists as Speakers 
Scaling the world's peaks, triumphing over adversity, 12 steps to mega-motivation? Your attendees have heard it all before. That's one reason to consider an artist for your next keynote.
Where Are All the Women Speakers? 
Requests for Women speakers by financial services and insurance companies are on the rise as more female representatives are attending meetings. In the
Should You Hire a Meeting Host? 
Using a professional master of ceremonies (also known as a meeting host) can energize your program and involve your audience.
Choosing a Speaker for an Incentive 
Incentive winners share several traits: They are bright, energetic, confident go-getters, so they do not like to sit in their seats very long. This is
Business Speakers The New Breed 
BUSINESS SPEAKERS ARE once again in high demand, and new corporate themes are the focus at many financial services and insurance events across the country.
4 Steps to Budget-Friendly Speaker Bookings 
If speakers won't reduce their fees, find out how they can add value instead.
Booking Speakers for Incentives 
HAVING RECENTLY RETURNED from the Insurance Conference Planners Association Summer Educational Forum in New Orleans, I want to share some tricks of the
Male Speak, Female Speak: Bridging the Gap 
EVERYONE KNOWS that professional speakers love to tell stories and use generalities in their speeches. What better topic to have fun with than that of
Choosing Speakers for Attendees of Merging Companies 
For the employees of merged companies, the greatest test is learning to play on the same team with colleagues who used to be competitors.
Negotiating with Speakers 
As we continue to experience a lagging economy in which meetings are postponed, canceled, or scaled back, planners and speakers bureaus are working together
Are Standardized Speaker Contracts a Good Idea? 
FOR SEVERAL DECADES, the language used in speakers bureau contracts has been largely based on the legalese that makes up standard entertainment law. This
Searching for a Speaker? 
Companies spent $120 billion on professional speakers in 1999, according to the National Speakers Association. Why? Because professional speakers can
The Truth about Speakers Bureaus 
I could write a novel on the subject of working with speakers bureaus. Here are the questions I hear most often about how we work.How are speakers bureaus

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