FAQ’s – Booking Conrad as a Speaker

Hi, I’m Vikki and look after Conrad’s speaking enquiries. Below are the questions I tend to get asked the most about booking Conrad for a speaking engagement. If you have a different question please don’t hesitate to give me a call on +44 (0) 77363 17754 or email vikki.cheung@sportenvironment.com

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  • What is the process for booking Conrad for my event?

    Give me a call on +44 (0) 77363 17754, or use our booking form on the main menu, or send me an email to check if Conrad is available on the date of your event and to discuss your requirements. During the call I will be able to give you a quote depending on your requirements (keynote speech, training day or workshop) and geographical location (UK, Europe or the rest of the world). I will then put a pencil booking in Conrad’s diary. There is no obligation to book Conrad as your speaker but it ensures that if we get two enquiries for the same date we can be certain to offer you the option first. If you would like to proceed with the booking I will draw up a Speaking Agreement (like a contract) and email this to you to sign and return by post or electronically. Please note that if you have worked with Conrad previously and were introduced to him through a speaking agency the above is not applicable as we would kindly ask that you go back through the agency for any repeat bookings.

  • How will Conrad work with us to tailor his presentation?

    In the month before your event I will email you a link to an online Pre-Event Questionnaire to complete. This provides Conrad with useful information about your event, the delegates, your company and what you hope to achieve by including Conrad in your programme. Following this, Conrad will do his own research on your company and the industry sector you work within. We will then arrange a briefing call so the finer details can be thrashed out until everyone feels confident that the right key messages will be included. This call normally takes place two weeks before your event.

  • What AV equipment and technical support does Conrad need?

    Conrad has a variety of audio-visual material he likes to use to illustrate his speech. A Keynote presentation with embedded movie files will be specifically prepared for your event following the briefing call. Normally a projector, lapel mic and amplifier for the sound is all that’s required. We are happy to work directly with your AV company/conference venue if you would prefer or Conrad can run the presentation from his own laptop. All audiovisual material can be provided in advance if necessary.

  • Can you provide a biog for our conference manual and some ideas about how to introduce Conrad?

    We will be happy to provide you with a suitable biog and photo of Conrad for your delegate information pack. We will also provide you with some suggested introductions for Conrad that the MC/host can use on the day. Photos and introduction ideas are also available to be download from our Event Kit under the Book Conrad menu.

  • Do you have any supporting material you can provide for our delegates?

    Conrad has created supporting materials that Delegates can use to apply Conrad’s messages to their own situation. Please give me a call if you would like a sample. Some clients also choose to purchase a copy of Conrad’s DVD, “Against the Odds, Conrad Humphreys Official Story of the Vendee Globe” as a delegate gift. Again, please call or email for a sample. Discounted rates are available for bulk purchases. Conrad will be very happy to sign all of them.

  • What is the payment process?

    We will send you an invoice 30 days before the date of your event or after receipt of the signed agreement if you are booking within 30 days of your event. This will include the agreed fee plus VAT at 20% (if applicable) and business travel expenses. Payment is due by the date of your event, preferably by BACS/electronic transfer to Sport Environment Ltd – bank details will be provided on your invoice.

  • Do we still have to pay if our event gets cancelled or the date changes?

    Cancellation fees are payable subject to the proximity of your event:

    • 1-30 days prior to the event: Full fee as detailed in the agreement
    • 31-90 days prior to the event: 50% of fee as detailed in this agreement
    • More than 91 days before the event: 25% of fee as detailed in this agreement

    VAT is not applicable to cancellation fees.

    If you have to cancel the original date but are able to re-schedule your event within four months of the original date no cancellation fees will be incurred.

  • How long should we allow for Conrad’s speech?

    The optimum length of time for Conrad to speak is one hour, which can include a time of Q&A if that would suit your event but doesn’t have to! Conrad can do a shorter version of his speech for 30 minutes or include workshop elements for a longer session if required.

  • We are a charity / school and therefore have a limited budget.

    Is it still possible to book Conrad for our event? Yes, Conrad does offer reduced rates to not-for-profits. However, we do try to fit them around other paid work and family commitments so we cannot guarantee that he will be available on the date of your event. We also get more requests each year than we can fit into the diary so some months it is necessary for us to say no (as much as it pains us to do so!).

  • Our speaker has dropped out at the last moment. Could Conrad help us out at short notice?

    Yes. If Conrad is not away with other work commitments then he can often help at very short notice, sometimes even if you call us on the morning of your event. He lives in Plymouth but is often on the road anyway so providing he can get to you in time he’d be delighted to help you out of a sticky situation.