How much does it cost?
Negotiable. I try to clear $1000 a day plus travel costs, but I also try to say yes to as many invitations as I can manage . Some hosts can afford more, some considerably less. Keep in mind the biblical injunction: “The laborer is worthy of his hire.” Also bear in mind that it isn’t just the time I’m actually speaking. A great many hours of preparation go into these trips.
Travel costs are shared out between hosts.
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If you need a speaker photo and/or a biography, two are available on this web site: “Jim Forest: an alphabet of his own design” — a short biography, and “Getting From There to Here” — a longer biography of Jim Forest.
What sort of accommodation is required?
I try to avoid hotels and, even more, motels, preferring to stay in a host family’s guest room.
Special dietary needs?
Apart from being on a low salt diet, I am not a fussy eater.
It is helpful to have some quiet times for prayer, reading and correspondence between speaking events. If an art museum is not too distant, and there is time to visit it, I always welcome such opportunities.