Instructions and tips on inviting people to speak at your university..

Somewhere Samuel Clemens says it's no great accomplishment to get people to cheer after your lecture: the real challenge is to get them to stand up and cheer. Ever seen that at an academic conference?

Another impossible model, Demosthenes.

Searching the internet for images of "absolutely amazing speaker" or "astonishing speaker" turns up some interesting people.

How to Invite a Speaker

Unpublished essay (2005)

This essay was originally intended as an anonymous contribution to the Chronicle of Higher Education, but it was rejected three times. Meanwhile I have gotten a number of requests for it, so it's uploaded here.

 It is a guide for administrators and others who invite speakers, with information and suggestions about everything from the efficient use of email to bargaining over honoraria.

It turns out that this is the most popular essay I've written, by far: four times as many people have read this as the next most popular essay. (This is from Academia.) C'est la vie!

I would be interested to hear from people with ideas about things to add to the paper.