Much as I appreciate straightforward offers from conferences and organizations asking me to speak, I hope they also appreciate straightforward terms from speakers. Here are mine.
My standard speaking terms for North American travel, updated November 2015, are as follows. My standard honorarium for a keynote address is $2000. In addition, I expect to have arrangements made for or to be reimbursed for:
- Round-trip air travel from Ottawa or Montreal to your event
- Mileage compensation between said airport and my home in Potsdam, NY, and transportation between the airport and hotel at the destination
- Minimum 2 nights hotel stay, one the night before I speak and one the night of my speaking engagement
I may consider other terms (either up or down!) if:
- the speaking request is for something requiring more or less travel,
- if the speaking request will require more or less time and preparation than a keynote address,
- if the engagement is SUNY- or New York-related, or directly related to my job responsibilities.
I am willing to consider offers of consulting work, or respond to RFPs, in areas in which I have skills and knowledge to offer to your organization. Fees and agreement will depend on the project and my availability.
I believe that mentoring works best when there is a natural existing relationship between the mentor and mentee, and a specific task to be accomplished. I have not had good experiences with blind date mentoring programs, and am unlikely to agree to more. However, I’m happy to answer specific questions about a personal situation, or offer an opinion about a problem — but my willingness will depend entirely on my available time when you ask! I make no promises.
I also rarely have the time to review individual cover letters and job applications for strangers. Please do not ask.