Frequently Asked Questions

Most speakers are available to provide their programs in a virtual format. Please submit a speaker request and indicate that you are seeking a speaker for virtual event.

The Missouri Speakers Bureau offers a selection of “basic programs,” which are presentations addressing topics chosen by our speakers. See the available speakers list to review the many options.

While the Speakers Bureau will try to assist your organization by recommending potential speakers for topics not on the list, we will not coordinate arrangements for non-affiliated speakers.

Both non-profit and for-profit organizations can apply, but for-profit groups will have to pay a higher fee.

Basic program

  • Non-profit organizations with an annual budget of less than $50K: $75 per presentation
  • Non-profit organizations with an annual budget over $50K: $100 per presentation
  • For-profit organizations: $325 per presentation

Custom program

  • Non-profit organizations: $250 per custom program
  • For-profit organizations: $500 per custom program
  • Additional travel fee
The Missouri Speakers Bureau will cover travel expenses up to $150. Travel is reimbursed at a rate of $0.56/mile. Speakers’ travel expenses in excess of $150 must be paid by the host group and will be included in the group’s fee.


Program fees must be paid in advance. Your reservation for a program will not be confirmed until a check for the full amount (including additional travel fee, if appropriate) has been received.

Reservations for a program must be made at least 60 days prior to the date of the presentation.

Yes. Any organization will be able to host only two speakers per year.

  • Host organizations are asked to invite their legislators to the presentations.
  • The minimum suggested audience for a small host organization is 15 people.
  • The minimum suggested audience for a larger host organization is 25 people.
  • A minimum of 45 minutes should be set aside for the presentation.
  • An additional minimum of 15 minutes should be set aside for questions and discussion.
  • Host organizations will not directly contact speakers.  All arrangements will be made through the MHC.

For more information, or if you have questions about speakers or programs, contact Missouri Humanities Council at (314) 781-9660.