An intersting exchange is noted in the comments for the posting Speaker Fees
that merits a comment about doing lectures without a fee. Generally this bothers me a bit. I do find it troubling to think we'd expect a mechanic to do our car repairs for nothing because he belongs to the same ball team as we do.. But I am not bothered by the idea that he might offer to do it for nothing. Consider the following case
Lets assume that Tracy is a professional genealogist who works about 25 hours a week researching for clients, writing articles for Family Chronicle and Everton's Genealogical Helper and teaching a 6 session beginning genealogy class every fall at the community college. She makes just above the poverty line annually, but things ar getting better she thinks. She'd like to work more, but she wants to be home after school for her kids to supervise homework etc. She thinks her lectures, expanded from some of her lessons are worth $75 for 60 minutes time because she's invested hourds in putting them together, time awy from client research. So she let's it be known that she's available as a speaker in Snodgrass and adjacent counties. Snodgrass County Genalogical Society offers her $40 for her lecture. Its a start. Then the Peapod Co. Historical Society and several others offer similar amounts and she's got a start. But constantly offered less than she thinks she'sworth. Then along comes the Rosebud Community School's brilliant idea to host a FREE genealogy fair with no vendors, just demonstrations and student exhibits, and 16 free classes. They approach Tracy. THey have nothing to offer, but they ask for her help though her children never attended there and she's never been involved before.
Give me four good reasons why she should accept the committment to give two free lectures on a Saturday.
Now, change the sponsor to the LDS Family History Center, and think about those resons. would they be different?
Finally, what proportion of one's total number of lectures given in a year should be done without charg?