Red Adair was one of the leading, if not the BEST oil-well firefighters in history. He was most notable for capping the oil fires in Kuwait after the Gulf War.
He was expensive, sure, but he was at the top of his field because he could get the job done! He was valuable.
And it makes sense. Who do you value more, a contractor who has to refer to the manual everytime he or she goes to a new jobsite? Which would you prefer to wear to that career interview, the Armani Suit or the latest ‘fashion trend’ from Wal-Mart? And what do you do with that dollar store widget that breaks in the middle of using it the first time? You throw it away! You don’t go back to the Dollarama to return it. It was only a dollar. It wasn’t valuable enough.
The same can be applied to entertainers. Professional entertainers ARE expensive. Why? Because they know how to step up on stage and deliver what is most valuable to their audiences – entertainment. Plus, they know how to deliver what is most valuable to their clients – a hassle free event. Amateurs just don’t have that kind of experience. When it does matter to you the outcome of your event, if you want to look good in front of your peers and you value the experience you will give them, it is ALWAYS the right thing to do hiring a professional. An amatuer will just end up costing you more in the long run.
When you hire an amateur you end up losing 100% of your investment because they were yet incapable of doing the job they were hired to do. When you hire a professional, you will only lose the difference between the two fees – because you were prepared to invest the lesser fee already.
And of course, you wouldn’t lose anything. You would gain everything becasue you made the right decision hiring a professional.