At ConFoo, we use a speaker agreement to ensure that accepted speakers take their commitment seriously and understand the impact of a cancellation. We used to lose thousands of dollars due to speakers cancelling after we already purchased their flight (as a non-profit, that hurts).
It’s also an opportunity to remind them to be respectful and make sure that we maintain a pleasant learning atmosphere.
With this agreement, the responsibilities are clear. It’s really short, so instead of describing it, I’ll let you read it. Feel free to download it and use it for your own conference.
Did all speakers sign it? Absolutely! Not a single one of our 100 speakers voiced any concerns about the clauses of the agreement. It’s straightforward and fair.