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PAID to $PEAK in these 5 steps!

PAID to $PEAK, outlines how I started my speaking journey while working full-time on college campuses.

The book also provides a roadmap for exactly what I did when I quit my full-time job to launch my speaking business 10+ years ago.

The roadmap I lay out for you is my system - a proven process that I stand behind. I even guarantee PAID results if I work with you 1:1.

PAID to $PEAK works and my process is even what I would do now if I were just starting out and/or wanting to grow further.

I've organized PAID to $PEAK in 5 Modules that build upon each other step-by-step. To my knowledge, no other book about public speaking exists that actually walks you through an orderly process that is PROVEN to work! Most books about professional speaking are misleading and a hodge-podge of self gratifying junk.

PAID to $PEAK is available in any format you need - print, eBook, audiobook and my new Online Course. It also includes a private website where you can download samples of what I share throughout the book, Module worksheets AND a complimentary 30 minute coaching session with me after you complete the book. I'm an Educator at heart and honored that I can leverage what I know about professional speaking to help others at various levels.

As I was contemplating what to write this morning for this e-newsletter and reading some coaching inquiries from the weekend, I wanted to sum up PAID to $PEAK in 5 steps that align with each Module. My goal is to make the complex simple as it relates to helping you find PAID speaking engagements. See below:

Step 1: Know what type of speaker you want to be (Module 1)

There are many ways to speak and get PAID for speaking. And you can get PAID in different ways for each engagement! You just need to know how.

Step 2: Develop a proven presentation (Module 2)

What constitutes a presentation? A title, description, learning outcomes and bio gets you started. Most speakers don't have this. Work through PAID to $PEAK and you will!

You don't even need presentation slides. I know extraordinary speakers who just require a microphone. However, I recommend at least a few slides to provide visual stimulation and intrigue that align with your content. Slide design is fairly simple.

What do I mean by proven presentation? Well, a presentation that is ready and referable. Nothing else matters if you're speech needs work.

The speech is the product of any successful speaker and speaking business. The speaker is the messenger.

A great speech will ALWAYS be referred! My August speaking calendar was 80% from referrals and people who had seen me speak in the past.

Having a great, proven presentation is the minimum requirement for any successful speaker. It's an expectation meeting planners, executives and conference organizers will have of you. PAID to $PEAK can help you not only get ready but be referable!We started Speaking Professionally Toastmasters to help you get your speech ready.

If you're out there speaking but not getting PAID speaking inquiries and referrals afterward, then your speech needs work, respectfully.

If you want to get out there speaking and wondering where to start, then begin with your speech by (a) working through PAID to $PEAK (Module 2) and attend Speaking Professionally Toastmasters.

We meet the first Tuesday of each month from 12pm - 1:30pm EST. We meet monthly, virtually, and usually on the first Monday of the month.

We open up the Zoom meeting early at 11:45am for some pre-meeting connection. Once the meeting starts we don't accept guests late ...

*** If you plan to attend, send an email to our Membership Chair (click here) so we know to expect you and can filter away any Zoom bombers!

Step 3: Identify your target audience (Module 3)

Most speakers get stuck here too because they think their audience is anyone. It's not.

Pick a lane. Start with one industry. Identify the premier association within that industry. I walk you through how to do this in Module 3 of PAID to $PEAK and I reveal three (3) criteria I look for to ensure that association has the ability to pay speakers.

You also want to be set up on FREE platforms where speaking opportunities can find you without you doing a thing! I share several strategies with you in Module 3.

Step 4: Know when and what to charge (Module 4)

Do you have an established speaking fee? How do you know whether your audience can afford you? Are you charging enough? Do you have a speaking proposal that is professional? Is your proposal organized into 3 different options?

These are some of the basic questions that Module 4 helps you answer!

Step 5: Have a system that glues everything together (Module 5)

The most important aspect of any successful business is having a system that runs itself ... at times even while you're sleeping. It's not just one thing; rather, it's several. The system is the "glue" that keeps it all together, feel organized, appear organized, and reveal professionalism.

Throughout Module 5 I share numerous tips and strategies that are my glue. Module 5 is especially where my private website is valuable because you have access to these samples and resources as a reader of PAID to $PEAK!

If you've read this far, congratulations! Commitment and accountability are essential.

By outlining PAID to $PEAK in 5 steps, I sincerely hope I've made the seemingly complex a bit more simple for you!

If you have questions and want to set up a coaching call or set up a time to explore enrolling in my PAID to $PEAK coaching program where I guarantee $2,500 speaking engagements, click here.

Earn greatness today! Onward and upward!


Want to speak professionally, part-time or full-time?

Not getting PAID speaking engagements?

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.


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