Sitting at her kitchen table with a phone in her hand, Esther Eagles started booking speakers more than 30 years ago. Based on her success booking her
husband, Gil Eagles, CSP, CPAE, she
built Eagles Talent Connection in South
Orange, N.J., which books speakers,
sports stars, celebrities and entertainers.
Here, Eagles tells Randall Munson,
CSP, CPAE, how she selects speakers.
Randall Munson, CSP:
What makes your bureau special?
Esther Eagles: We truly care about our
clients, so we do lots of repeat business.
We have worked with some clients for
more than 20 years.
What do you look for in a speaker?
I look for a speaker who can fulfill my
client’s meeting objectives and deliver
content tailored to the audience.
Stage presence and delivery style also
How can speakers get
recommended to your clients?
I appreciate a quick response when I
ask about availability and fees, because
a bureau must respond to its client
quickly. When they’re on the road, I
appreciate speakers who have someone
in their office who can answer questions
and are authorized to put a hold on the
speaker’s calendar. I will recommend a
speaker who is easy to work with, but
not a prima donna.
What does the CSP designation
What materials matter most to you
mean to you?
The CSP designation lets us know that
this is a professional speaker, which is
very important if we haven’t worked
with the speaker before.
and your clients?
When we make initial contact with
speakers, we usually acquire their bios,
program descriptions and a current