August speaking calendar ... in your area?
First, if I'm in your area for any of these upcoming speaking engagements, let me know. There is a chance you might be able to go behind-the-scenes with me onsite.
I reserve this opportunity for my coaching clients first and foremost, so contact me to inquire which event you are requesting.
Also, a common question I receive is, "How do you find PAID speaking opportunities?"
Using my August calendar above as an example, all 10 of these engagements are PAID.
7/10 of these engagements are full speaking fee ++. The '++' means they went with Option 2 or 3 which could include copies of my books, additional presentation, welcome video, eBook download day, follow up virtual presentation, etc.
3/10 of these engagements I provided a slight discount. However, when providing any discount, they compensate me accordingly in different ways. See PAID to $PEAK (Module 4: How to set speaking fee) for different ways how I do this. I also include the details in my speaking agreement (i.e. contract) AND have a fee confidentiality clause. Even if I discount, I still quote full fee and list it in the agreement.
Lastly, 8/10 of these engagements are sourced from referral. Only 2/10 came from my own outreach. This means, 8/10 of these PAID presentations came from someone who either saw me speak directly or who heard about me from someone else who found value.
I love the lifestyle that speaking provides. I not only love the experience presenting, but I also love helping people, the travel opportunities, the flexibility of my schedule, the ability to be my own boss, and the fact that speaking can be very lucrative. If you read the Preface in my book, PAID to $PEAK, then you already know how much I struggled when I first started. I walk you through just a few of the challenges and pitfalls I had. I was working a full-time job and I viewed speaking as just a side passion project. I wasn't good at it and I rarely got paid. BUT I felt something inside that compelled me to keep doing it. I got better and better, and ultimately I was able to quit my day job to discover my true dream job of professional speaking and coaching speakers. If you are new(er) to speaking or aspiring to speak, I truly feel I am no different than you as it relates to the potential and possibility to develop a great speech and learn how to get PAID presenting it. If you already have some experience and are looking for ways to grow further, then PAID to $PEAK is my outline giving you a roadmap of how to accelerate to the next level. I show you how I did it so you can do it for yourself. Regardless of where you are at in your speaking and what your goals are, what's most important is having a system to follow and executing it. PAID to $PEAK is my system and you have access to it. When I hired my first speaking coach (again, see Preface on how to withdrew $$ from my 401K to afford it!), he showed me the way and guided me. I became aware there is a process for successful, PAID speaking. I just didn't know what it was at the time.
** So if you're putting a LOT of time into cold calls, cold emails and expensive outreach strategies and 'lists,' STOP!! I wish you the best but you're gonna get tired. It's going to feel exhausting at times and you might even quit. The key for successful speakers is to start with great speech that is proven to be referable.
What makes a referable speech? (That will be another blog for another day!) But basically, it's polished art strategically designed to help a specific audience solve a specific problem.
In my experience, a great speech will always be referred. Designing a great speech is Module 2 inside PAID to $PEAK. The pie of speaking is large my friends! In Module 5 of PAID to $PEAK, I've dedicated an entire section on the importance of giving referrals. After each speech, I make recommendations to the client on other speakers they should consider for their next event. I then tell those speakers I made a referral for them. Happy to discuss with you ... click here if you'd like to schedule a session with me.
Earn greatness today! Onward and upward!
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I've been honored to present for over 1,000,000 people through 1,150+ audiences in all 50 states and several countries. Whether I'm on a stage or in a training room with professionals or students, I absolutely LOVE motivating and inspiring people for higher performance. And in addition to my own speaking business, I have a passion for helping and coaching speakers learn how to catapult their speaking whether part-time or full-time. My book, PAID to SPEAK, outlines a proven model for speakers and is now an online course as well! Click here for online course info!
If you are serious about becoming a professional speaker, explore my coaching and mentorship options. I don't want you to flounder like I did and be frustrated.