Inviting Me to Speak
Unfortunately, I cannot accept every invitation. When you contact me, please let me know the date, time and location of the meeting. If the location is not within a 4-5 hour drive of Madison, WI (zip code 53589 if you want to map the distance), please let me know the closest airport to fly into.
Expenses & Fees
I ask that the hosting club pay for travel, lodging, food and a speaking fee:
- Travel – Cost of a round trip airplane ticket from Madison, WI to the nearest airport, all parking fees, luggage fees and any transportation transfers necessary (cabs, trains, etc…). I will make my own travel arrangements, pay for the tickets and ask for reimbursement when the tickets have been bought. Driving reimbursement will be $.55/mile round trip from my zip code (53589) to the zip code of the meeting site.
- Lodging – I am happy to stay in the home of a club member. All that I ask is the the home is free of tobacco smoke and cats, is clean (the stories I can tell…) and has a bed for me (couches are tough on 50-year-old bodies). I prefer to make my own hotel reservations. Let me know if the club as an arrangement with a hotel that they normally use. I have been booked into some very bad hotels before.
- Food – I expect the club to pay for meals while I am being hosted by the club.
- Speaking fee – I ask for a $200 speaking fee per event. This is not something that is set in stone, so please let me know if this is a problem for the club.
Length of Stay
Whenever possible I prefer to not fly in and out in less than 36 hours. Please plan for a two night stay. I like to visit members’ fish rooms and spend time with your club members. Sometimes I have friends or family in the area who I will try to visit. I do not expect the club to bear the expense of an extended stay in the area. Whatever your club will pay for I am willing to accept so long as the expenses listed above are paid for.
Love to do ’em! Many clubs have started hosting ‘in home events’ the night before or day after a meeting. Some clubs have booked rooms in restaurants for a group and had me give another talk there. Go for it! Get the most out of your money. I have lots of talks and am willing to give them.
Conventions, Shows, Weekend Workshops & Multi-Day Events
Every thing above applies to bigger club events.
The links below will permit you to download my bio, talk descriptions and an image for use in advertising the talk: