Gordon Brown’s debut as a conference speaker has netted him £60,000 for his first 50 minute speech in India. He’s no longer the Prime Minister so, this counts as a serious debut Gordon speech. And it’s good news for the Brown family, because it was only in August that we considered the size of future Gordon Brown public speaking fees.
Britain’s former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer signed to a London-based speaker’s bureau in August this year. So, after a few months, he just he gave his debut conference-circuit speech in New Delhi as a keynote speaker at the Hindustan TimesTM annual Leadership Summit.
This debut Gordon speech set out the causes of the banking collapse in 2007/ 2008 and suggested policies to prevent another collapse happening in the future. An excellent subject. But will it stand the toll of time? However, his choice of a conference in New Delhi was also somewhat bizarre. India was, of course, one of the many Asian countries to be pretty well untroubled by the collapse of banks in America and Europe.
But the speech, Lessons from the Last Global Crisis, took the theme of India playing a fuller role in the G20 group of economic nations and other economic bodies. So, this was all good stuff for his audience. And good stuff for Gordon too, since his new book will be published very soon. There is, of course, one thing of which we can probably assure ourselves. A Gordon Brown speech will not go down the route of a Cherie Blair speech, full of gossip. No chance.
Gordon Brown is unlikely to command the speaker fees of Tony Blair. That’s because people estimate that Tony Blair conference speech fees are in the order of £200,000 for a speech. And that’s good money if you can get it. But watch out Gordon, it’ll be gone in a flash.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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