1. "I won't take the whole time". These are the ones that always go overtime....especially when time is tight.
2. "Don't worry; I can make this talk relevant". Yep; you know the rest of that story.
3. "Call me back in 6 months". For some years it has been my privilege to be part of planning a national event for College Ministers. We usually schedule our main speakers about a year in advance. Two different times a potential speaker we contacted said, "That sounds really interesting, but I'm only scheduling 6 months out now. So, call me back in 6 months". In 6 months that person says something like, "I've decided that's not the type event I'm going to focus my time on".
4. "I would love to be part of your ministry. I charge a thousand dollars a day". These are the speakers that
5. "I could never get peace about this talk". Then they speak....and you lose your peace.
6. "How much time do I have left"?
7. "I'm a preacher; if you wanted a speaker, you should have gone to Radio Shack".
8. "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Charles Stanley"?
My all time favorite thing a speaker said: When contacting a possible speaker, worship leader, etc, I always ask immediately, "Do you have a set fee"? When someone says no, I ask what's the least and most you have gotten for doing a similar event and then I can see where I might fit into that range. My favorite was a singer who said, "I've gotten from a sweatshirt to $1,000". Now that is a range I can fit into!
When paying a guest speaker, worship leader, etc, here are some things to remember.
1. Find out up front, if they have a set fee.
2. When inviting someone without knowing that, send them a letter or email stating the date, that you will provide any necessary housing if it's overnight, mileage (or a plane ticket) and what you will pay them. Even if you make the arrangements by phone, send them the basic information in written form.
3. Remember, there is a difference in people who have a "day job" and those who do it full time.
4. For those locally or in the area who do things for you and don't want or expect an honorarium, a gift card to a restaurant is usually well received. If you work for someone who does not allow gift cards to be given (I have.), take them out for a nice meal.
5. Send them a thank you note after the event.