City of Experts – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who typically searches for experts or speakers on COE?
2. I have never booked a speaker before, where do I start?
3. Is there a fee to search your experts database?
4. How much do speakers typically cost?
5. Does COE negotiate terms for the experts or speakers?
6. Do I need to go through COE to contact an expert or speaker?
7. What is COE’s definition of an “expert”?
8. How does COE know someone listed is an expert truly is?
9. How does COE promote its experts and speakers?
10. How does someone become a COE expert?

  1. Who typically searches for experts or speakers on COE?
      COE is used by all sorts of searches for all sorts of reasons.  Some come to COE because finding a LOCAL person is their top priority.  Some come to COE because they know the experts and speakers listed are qualified individuals.  Some come to COE because they need a local quote to finish out an article.  The following is short list of the kinds of people who have used us in the past:
      • Meeting Planners
      • Media
      • Trade Associations
      • Non-profit Organizations
      • Human Resource Departments
      • Sales Organizations
      • Program Chairs
  2. I have never booked a speaker before, where do I start?
      COE….
  3. Is there a fee to search your experts database?
      No, searching and connecting with COE experts is FREE and EASY.  Link here to get started with your search.
  4. How much do speakers typically cost?
      Speakers fees are determined based on a number of factors, including type of speaking engagement, amount of time involved, potential publicity from the engagement, etc.  Typically expenses are in addition to the speaking fee but because you are using COE which is centered around finding LOCAL speakers, your expenses are greatly reduced.  It is best to simply start with a conversation.  Share with the speaker what it is you are trying to accomplish and then start the negotiations.
  5. Does COE negotiate terms for the experts or speakers?
      No, COE serves more as a connecting agent between talented, local experts and speakers and those people looking for them.  We do not get involved in negotiations with speakers.
  6. Do I need to go through COE to contact an expert or speaker?
      COE makes it very easy to contact our experts.  Simply do a search to find someone or someones you would like to contact.  We make it easy by having a link to their website right on their profile page.  We also give you instant access to the experts and speakers through email.  Simply click on “Email This Expert” and introduce yourself.
  7. What is COE’s definition of an “expert”?
      City of Experts identifies experts as those who have been recognized professionally and achieved special training and experience. Many are accomplished authors, speakers, consultants and industry professionals.
  8. How does COE know someone listed is an expert truly is?
      COE……
  9. How does COE promote its experts and speakers?
      City of Experts has developed strategic partnerships with professional associations, as well as a marketing campaign that encompasses postcard mailings, on-line promotions, website banners and internet search engines. City of Experts has in place on-going public relations programs and affiliations with media.
  10. How does someone become a COE expert?
      It’s easy.  Simply click on Become a Member.  You will be asked a series of questions regarding your expertise.  Once this form is complete, COE will review your application and notify you when your membership in COE is to begin.