“What sort of gift can we give the speaker?” This is a question we get asked a lot.
The truth is, when you’re working with a paid professional speaker, gifts are unnecessary. In fact, speakers sometime find them cumbersome (especially if they’ve traveled to your event). If you feel compelled to do it – make sure it’s transportable. Another idea would be to make a donation to charity on his/her behalf. This is a wonderful way to say thanks and also help another organization. It’s even more powerful if you donate to a charity that is near and dear to the speakers’ heart.
What’s more important than a speaker gift – is the hospitality you offer them when they come to the event and the feedback you provide following it. One of the biggest drains on a speaker is travel. So a lovely gesture in their hotel room when they arrive (fruit plate or something healthy) or anything you can do to help them feel more comfortable, like early check in on a hotel room when they arrive well before 3 pm!
If you LOVED the speaker, be sure to tell them exactly what it was about their presence and presentation that you enjoyed via a written testimonial. Make sure they have permission to use this in their marketing. Now that’s a real thank you gift!