by Jonathan Vatner | December 14, 2009

Hiring a keynote speaker can drain a significant portion of a meeting's budget, so why limit the appearance to just an hour? Once a high-profile speaker gets her fee, plus transportation and housing, she probably will be willing to speak a second time at the conference or provide other coaching services for a fraction of the original cost. Thanks to motivational speaker Barry Maher (888-243-8062;, based in Helendale, Calif., for the idea.