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I will try to keep a calendar here of my speaking engagements. Currently some of them are tentative. I will update as I get them finalized.
Tentative Schedule through the end of the year. Some links are provided and details for venues and times will be posted on those as they become available. If you'd like to save money and me time, I'll be driving to most of these so if youíre on this path and youíll put me up, you can get a bargain as you wonít have to pay travel costs. If you are interested please drop me an email (see email address above).
10 Feb 2013 Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild's 3rd Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
I am available to speak most any weekend Iím not scheduled already if we can work it out so I don't miss work. The question that comes up, of course, is what my fees are. I wish this were simple to answer, but itís not. I am transitioning to doing beekeeping and speaking full time, so I need to make a living at this. First, let me say if you think itís not in your budget give me a call and we will see what we can work out. There are things that we can do to reduce my costs and time and therefore the fee. For instance, if you schedule something where Iím already in the area and I donít have to spend a day traveling to get there and another traveling to get back, it saves me two days and it may save you the expense of paying my transportation. A day whether traveling or presenting costs me the same as far as my time and work. As far as room and board, Iím more than happy, and would actually usually prefer to stay with some beekeeper who doesnít mind staying up all night talking bees, and will feed me, rather than a hotel and restaurants. Part of my dilemma, of course, is that I donít want to price my time so high that I miss something I could have otherwise done, but at the same time, especially during queen rearing season, it could cost me more than I make to speak. If I miss a round of queens, it could be pretty significant income that I could have otherwise made. So my base price here is different for "queen rearing season" than "not queen rearing season". Also I am assuming that I will be allowed a table somewhere to sell my books (some written by me and some not). Since I got booked up all through queen rearing last year, I'm raising that price this year to hopefully keep my queen rearing season open for queen rearing.
As far as what I am available to do, I can do as many presentations as you like while Iím there (within reason of course). I can do seminars on queen rearing or hands on demonstrations on any topic if you can provide the bees and the equipment.
So my fee per day (whether traveling or presenting) is:
As an example, a typical seminar might be two days traveling and one day presenting. That comes to 3 days. In queen rearing season that is $1,125 total plus travel expenses (airline tickets, etc.). In the off season that is $375 total plus travel expenses.
Travel can be lowest air fare or IRS mileage (I prefer to drive if it's 500 miles or less so I can take boxes of books). You should probably plan on me flying out 24 hours in advance to minimize cancellation issues by airlines.
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