The legitimacy of reviews is critical to you, so it's critical to us.

That's why we run every review through a battery of tests to ensure that the reviews you read are reliable and given by credible sources. Here's how our review verification process works, and how it may affect your experience on 

Q: Can I give an anonymous review?
A: Yes. Although we take steps to verify the identity of each reviewer, reviews may be published anonymously. Realize that when a real name is attached to a review, it's usually perceived to be more believable than anonymous reviews.

Q: What questions will I be asked while giving a review?
A: You will be asked some basic questions about yourself (name, email, decision-making authority) and then a few questions about the speaker (name, whether you recommend speaker or not or with reservations). We ask you to rate the following items on a standard five-star scale: contracting process, speaker preparation, active partnership, content customization, effective takeaways, stage presence, visual aids, evaluations. Reviewers can also rate the speaker on a "PITA" factor (pain in the a**), which runs from 1 (not at all) to 10 (very much so). We gather a few more details that outline the experience with the speaker, then your review is wrapped up by giving it an all-encompassing title of 5-7 words, followed by a more thorough text review/description which should support your scoring.

Q: Who's eligible to give a review?
A: Anyone who has contracted a speaker within the past two years, with at least some decision-making authority is eligible to give a review. Speakers may not give reviews about their services or their competitors' services. All reviewers must agree to and affirm that their review complies with our terms of use.

Q: What can I write in my review?
A: Every review is read and processed by a real human being to ensure that it meets our strict standards. The review is scanned for slanderous, libelous, profane, or otherwise objectionable content. We respectfully ask that you do not mention names in your review (other than the speaker). We take steps to ensure that the reviewer is who they say they are, and is in fact a client of the speaker being reviewed.

Q: When will my review be published and when will I be able to read reviews?
A: Because a human being verifies all reviews, the publication process is not automated. We do our best to ensure that all reviews are processed and published within an hour. As soon as your review is published by a site administrator, you'll receive an email notification, and you'll have access to read reviews.

Q: What if I want to rephrase or remove my review? 
A: Assuming your review meets our standards, it will be posted exactly as it is submitted. As a reviewer, you can update your review to fix typos, provide new information in your narrative review and adjust your star ratings. Realize that your updated review will be held for processing, but you will not lose access to read reviews. You can also remove your review.
Q: How long will my review be posted on the site?
A: Outdated reviews can sometimes provide an inaccurate view to the person seeking feedback. We archive reviews that are more than two years old. You can still read archived reviews, but you deserve to know that you're reading a potentially stale review. 

Q: Can anyone pay to have my review deleted?
A: Absolutely not. Speakers can reply to reviews, but only the reviewer may delete their review. Even under threat of legal action, Review My Speaker will not delete a review without consulting with the reviewer. Nobody can pay to have a review removed.