Apply to Be a Speaker
Thank you for your interest in joining the CAMPUSPEAK roster. We receive over 100 submissions annually from individuals wishing to work with us in the college market. Annually CAMPUSPEAK welcomes 8-15 new speakers. Our speakers have entertaining, engaging keynotes rooted in educational messages. Some come to us with a lot of experience, and others have no professional speaking experience. We’re looking for speakers who will get our customers excited, and they come in every shape, size, age, color, and perspective. It’s about the value of the message and your unique, authentic ability to deliver it.
We are now accepting New Speaker Applications for our Fall 2022 cohort.
Before you apply, please review the information below about our process as the answers to many initial questions you may have can be found below.
Due to the immense amount of work it takes our modest team to review submissions and get new speakers up and going, we encourage speakers to review the application requirements prior so that you can submit the best application to represent yourself. We are happy to answer questions anytime (see our frequently asked questions first) but will only be accepting applications during the designated windows. Becoming a CAMPUSPEAK speaker is a long-term exclusive relationship, based on a relationship of mutual value.
Is CAMPUSPEAK Right For Me?
We look for professionals who will make a strong, lasting commitment to our team, our business model, and their career as a campus speaker. If you’re looking to enroll with a booking agency, then CAMPUSPEAK is not for you. We are not a speakers bureau. We do better with speakers for whom money is not the chief motivation for wanting to speak on college campuses. For our speakers, the money is great, but it’s about connecting with students, making a difference, and shaping how people think about a particular issue.
Furthermore, we also know that being represented by an agency isn’t the right choice for many speakers. We also know that CAMPUSPEAK’s services don’t fit everyone’s best business model. That is why CAMPUSPEAK created the College Speaker Academy. The online program is designed to help create ethical and impactful speakers for the college market. College Speaker Academy isn’t a feeder to our application process for new speakers, BUT it is a great investment in your speaking business if you are wanting to learn more bout the BUSINESS of the college speaker business before applying. Learn more at campuspeak.com/csa-online/
Below is an outline of the general timeline for our process.
|Fall 2022 Cohort||Spring Cohort|
Priority Deadline Feb 15
Deadline to Apply: September 15
|New Speaker Selection||April||October|
|New Speaker Training||June 22 – 26, 2022||End of November/Early December|
|New Speaker Launch||July 2022||January|
Application Material Requirements
Here’s what you need to apply:
We require that potential speakers take the time to submit a comprehensive package to us for consideration.
- An online clip of no more than 15 minutes of a presentation you have done in the last two years. The clip can be on Vimeo, YouTube, or on your website, but it should not require our team to download a copy – streaming only. You can submit up to three links, but we may only review the first link. We cannot assess an application without a working video.
- A professional photo that you would use for promotional purposes. If you don’t have one, just send us a nice clear photo that reflects your personality. If selected, we can help arrange a photoshoot.
- Program Titles, topics, intended audiences, and description paragraph of keynotes. Strong applications include learning outcomes for each program.
- Your website address, if applicable so that we can dig a little further on you if needed.
- A link to your book or articles you have written, relevant to your proposed speaking topic.
- A list of previous colleges and/or conferences you’ve presented at if any.
- Time to answer a few questions about yourself, why you’re uniquely qualified to speak to college students, and your speaking ambitions.
- At least an hour to devote to completing the application.
What type of Speaker are we looking for?
Although not an exclusive list, these are some of the topics and qualities we are on the lookout for:
- Unique personal stories that offer teachable moments for others
- Hazing speakers with a powerful personal story, preferably with strong athletic components or an ability to captivate multiple audience types
- Fraternity/Sorority Life Speakers with lots of energy, enthusiasm, and credibility
- Sexual assault prevention and Title IX compliance expertise
- Social justice advocates that help make having tough conversations approachable
- Speakers with a lot of energy and a great sense of humor
- Speakers who have developed a strong, established social media presence
- Keynotes with a strong interactive element
- Special “niche” topics we don’t know exist that you’ve found a demand for!
Application Evaluation Criteria
Potential speakers are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:
- Do we need this topic on our roster? Does the demand exist?
- Quantity of business we can expect from the speaker
- Speaking style and comfort with large audiences
- Is there something here that will “click” with college audiences?
- Enthusiasm and overall professionalism/attitude of the speaker
- Realistic expectations for the first year in the college market
- Does the proposed program have educational value?
- No existing or conflicting obligations to other agencies
- Letters of recommendation from other speakers and/or college student life professionals
- Unique expertise and approach on a topic
- Does the speaker exhibit some depth? Or is it all fluff and personality?
- Willingness of speaker to invest in marketing to ensure their success
- Is the speaker an appealing person? Is he/she friendly?
- Are we the best agency to market this sort of topic and speaker?
- Would a campus pay at least $3,500 for this program?
- Is this speaker interested in an entirely EXCLUSIVE commitment for college bookings with us?
- Will this speaker be low-maintenance and easy to work with?
Topics we aren't currently interested in
Generally, we are NOT interested in these things:
- Duos, groups, or troupes
- Programs that would be classified as more motivational/inspirational than educational
- Programs about “success after college” or in “the real world”
- Fear-based programs that are “doom and gloom” and endeavor to scare audiences
- Programs that have political, religious or inflammatory themes
- Personal finance and money management topics
- Speakers with a dozen different topics; we want experts committed to a particular topic
- Speakers who are overt about their religion while presenting
- Anything theatrical, in which the speaker acts out characters
- Speakers who are more workshop-oriented (we need keynoters)
- Speakers whose primary qualification is publication of a book
- Speakers who seem more appropriate for corporate or high school audiences than college ones
- Academic-type programs better suited for classrooms
- Programs about foreign cultures or travels to far away places
- Programs on drinking and driving, or impaired/distracted driving
- Hypnotists, mentalists, jugglers, slam poets, demonstration artists, or other entertainers better suited for an entertainment focused agency
That being said, you could be the speaker that changes our minds. So if you believe you would be a good fit you are still welcome to apply.