We have provided additional details and frequently asked questions below the contact form.
What is Your Budget?
Believe it or not, we want to fit within your budget. In fact, we want the budget to be the easy part. The larger consideration should be the fit between the speaker and your strategic event objectives. Please visit Patrick’s video blog for examples of his approach and delivery and if you decide that Patrick is the best fit, there is almost always a way to make it work.
For overseas events, Patrick has a three-night minimum at the event destination; two nights before his speaking session and one after. This is to allow him to adjust to the time change and get some rest before addressing your audience. Two hotel nights (one before his speaking session and one after) is acceptable if his arrival time is before 12 noon on the day prior to his speaking session.
Are Fees Negotiable?
Fee flexibility is often counter-intuitive. For example, most people believe that a short lead time reduces flexibility, but the opposite is often true. If your event is just two or three weeks away, and if Patrick actually has the dates available on his calendar, we will be very flexible to secure the opportunity. But if your event is still four or five months out, there are fewer reasons to justify a discount.
The point is: contact us either way! There are many considerations and each event is different. Our #1 priority is to spread Patrick’s message of opportunity and optimism and we will look at all possible options to put something together. Patrick has spoken at many events that seemed unlikely at first.
Contracts and Deposits
Can we Pay in Cash?
Paying in cash does not affect the flexibility of the speaking fee. Patrick declares all of his income, regardless of its source, with IRS and the US Customs and Border Protection Services where applicable. However, paying in cash may indeed affect the 50% deposit required to secure your event date on Patrick’s calendar. Contact us for more information.
Wire Transfer Instructions
First, Patrick does dozens of events each year and often only has a week or two to focus on any given presentation. As such, he makes significant adjustments to the slide deck right up until the last minute. While last minute adjustments will be avoided if necessary, those adjustments often make material improvements to the presentation. We will meet all deadlines but request the opportunity to submit updated versions closer to the event date.
Second, Patrick’s slides are highly visual and rarely have more than three or four words on them. Looking at the slides without Patrick’s verbal narration will not provide much indication of his salient points or underlying message. Also, most of his 60-minute presentations have 100+ slides. His goal is to create a documentary-style experience for his audiences, relying on the visual slides to add perspective and depth to his comments.
Third, because of the visual nature of Patrick’s slides and the number of them in each presentation, his Powerpoint files are generally 20 or 30 MB in size. Files of that size can’t be emailed because most platforms have a 10 MB limit on attachments. Instead, Patrick will “share” a folder on Google Drive or Dropbox so you can download the file directly. Please let us know when you have successfully downloaded the file.
Finally, for the same reasons, it’s not easy to use event-specific templates for his presentations. If the use of an event-specific template is required, we will do our best to accommodate it, but the picture-based slides will remain clear of border branding unless the graphic can easily be added on top of the primary image. We are happy to use templates for the opening and closing slides and feel that that this is often sufficient to maintain branding congruence for the event.