While planners are being asked to do more with less, speakers’ fees continue to rise, says Ruth Levine, founder of Speak Inc., a speakers bureau based in San Diego. But there are strategies that can help trim the bottom line, Levine advises. She suggests hiring a multitalented speaker, for example, who can deliver both a keynote speech and serve as an awards host. The speaker’s full-day fee will not run much more than the cost of a keynote alone. Another strategy: Book next year’s speaker ...

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