Speaking Engagements

I spend a lot of my time around the UK and abroad speaking about the issues that interest me to a whole variety of different groups of people (take a look at my speaking calendar to get an idea of some of the things I do).

I love getting out and about and would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like me to come and speak at an event that you are organising. To help you with that, here’s some information that I hope will be helpful.

Timing

Although I travel a lot, I try to balance that with my other commitments around my family, my community involvement, my church and my allotment and pigs. To facilitate that I have set a limit that I won’t be away for more than two weekends in any month and so that means we may have to juggle dates together a little. Please be patient while we find a date that suits us both.

Payment

I don’t state a set speaking fee as I recognise that different events vary in what they are able to pay. Money is not my motivation and I wouldn’t want to say no to something for that reason alone. At the same time, of course, this is one of the ways by which I am able to pay the bills and so I would ask that all expenses are covered and some sort of speaking fee is added on top, at a level at which you can afford. Please note that I do need to be paid in money and not in book tokens, as I’ve found that I can’t buy food at my local shops with those! Please feel free to talk with me about how much your event is able to pay me.

Travel

It’s important to me that I travel in as carbon-light a way as possible. So, whenever I can I will travel by public transport rather than car. That often means that I will need to stay a night before or after your event and will need you to provide travel to and from the station. If I have to fly somewhere then I ask that you contribute an appropriate amount to Climate Stewards as part of expenses, to offset my carbon emissions.

Contact Me

If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement you can reach me through the ‘Leave a Reply’ box underneath or email me at ruth@ruthvalerio.net.

3 Comments

  • Reply paulthebaptist May 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Ruth, I was involved as a Worship leader at an A Rocha conference in London some 8 years ago. I now lead a large Baptist Church in Northampton – would be glad to welcome you here one weekend to speak about A Rocha (Sandra Cobbin is a good friend of Dave B’s, and Godparent to our children). Could you contact me at paul@mountpleasantchurch.com to talk some more? Thank you!

  • Reply Shirley Hoy January 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    I heard you speak very inspiritingly at the PWM Conference some years back, so when the opportunity became available for me to put the name forward of someone who is able to speak about our Christian duty (and pleasure) in caring for the environment I thought immediately of you.

    I’m the secretary of the Oxford branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, and we have managed to arrange for Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg to speak on the subject from the Jewish perspective on the 4th of April 2019.

    We are hoping also to have Colin Tudge speak alongside him. It seems appropriate though to have also a Christian on the panel.

    Would this be something you would be interested in doing?

    If so, would you be happy with my seeing whether the event can be at St Aldate’s?

    You asked to have mention made of the amount that you would be paid. We have policy not to pay for our speakers, only to reimburse fees, but if you do need a fee then I am prepared to fund it (within reasonable bounds, so please do let me know how much you’d expect).

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Shirley

    • Reply Ruth January 9, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Hello Shirley, thank you for this and it’s great to hear of the event you’re doing. Rabbi Jonathan and I know each other and he will speak beautifully. I’m afraid though that I can’t make it. But, I would be happy to look at finding someone else for you if that would be helpful? Could you email me: ruth@ruthvalerio.net and let me know? All the best, Ruth

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