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From questions about booking speakers and talent, to the contractual process and what you can expect on the day; with two decades experience at the forefront of our industry we've hopefully answered most of your queries here, but if not, please call us and one of our experienced agents will be happy help you.

Can I speak directly with the speaker or performer before my event?

Whether a telephone conversation or 'briefing call' is necessary between you and the Artist prior to your event will depend entirely on what, or who, you have booked, and what they will be doing at your event.


Stand-up comedians, headline musicians, dance groups and other speciality acts that are performing a standard routine or, 'act as known', are unlikely to require a briefing call. This is because the routine they will be presenting is one which they'll most-likely have performed hundreds of times previously.

However, a technical conversation may be advisable between your AV company and the Artist's Tour Manager or Sound Engineer, just to ensure all will run smoothly on the night and that any props or equipment they've requested in the Rider has been, or will be, provided.

Speakers and Presenters

Conversely, when booking speakers and hosts or presenters there are often specific details about your event that make it nearly always necessary to speak with the artist beforehand. So we'll certainly encourage a briefing call between you and the Artist. In fact, we will usually insist upon it.

Whether you're booking an after dinner speaker to deliver a light-hearted and entertaining talk, a keynote speaker to deliver a serious industry presentation or a host to preside over your annual awards dinner, it is always advisable that you speak on the phone beforehand.

The call needn't take a long time. On average, around 15-20 minutes will suffice. Having introduced yourselves, you'll most likely want to discuss the overall aims and objectives of the night, the running order and timings, plus scripts etc that have previously been exchanged, and run through the schedule of events.

Whatever is required for your event, to ensure its smooth-running and uninterrupted execution, the NMP Live team and booking agent overseeing your event will arrange everything with you, and in plenty of time ahead of the day.