Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #6 (of 101) – Build a Following of 1000 True Fans

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
You have a great message, right?  You believe that your message is useful to your audiences... or else you wouldn't waste your time presenting it/them... [caption id="attachment_250" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Build a Following of 1000 True Fans!"][/caption] Fact is, no matter what topic you pick, chances are that there are  millions of people out there who want to learn what you are  teaching... or who want to hear what you have to say about your topic. A gentleman named Kevin Kelly came up with the concept of  building a following of 1000 true fans; the concept being that there anyone can build a following of 1, 10, 100, 1000 "true" fans - individuals who totally like what you are providing (your sevices, products, etc) and one should be able to make…
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Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #5 (of 101) – Build a Relationship with Your Audience Members; Always Get Your Audience Members’ Contact Info!

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
[caption id="attachment_240" align="alignright" width="110" caption="Always Collect Your Audience Members' Contact Info!"][/caption] Always collect the audience members’ names and email addresses.  Offer them an eCourse, a hot report, a hot eBook… that ties into the niche-topic that you talked about.  Make sure your offering has a hot title, such as “The 7 Little Known Secrets on How to…”  Make it an IRRESISTABLE OFFER.  ALSO! Tell your audience, before they put their business card in the bowl – or before they put their contact info on the sign-up sheet that goes around – tell them to write “NO NEWSLETTER” if they do not want to receive your weekly hot tips on […?... – whatever your niche is] - this will ensure that your communication with them will not be perceived as SPAM.…
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Secrets to Paid/Public Speaking Success – #3 (of 101) – How to Set Your Speaking Fees

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
I regularly meet speakers who've been speaking for years - mostly speaking ocasionally - but never got paid.  Several of these speakers, spoke at annual conferences to rather large crowds, yet never got a penny for their efforts. What I found in my years of speaking is that some organizations - especially federal funded social service related programs - have little to no funding for their events, and they rely on volunteer speakers.  Usually, however, they do have some money for the main speaker - the keynote speaker (at times paying thousands of $$$s to this lucky guy).  When speaking for these organizations, however, you usually get your hotel and food covered, and at times they even pay your mileage (though a handful of organizations will not provide any of…
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Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #4 (of 101) – Shamelessly, but Subtly, Promote Your Services

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking, Get Paid to $peak!, Market/Promote Your Speaking
[caption id="attachment_230" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Don't Forget to Promote Your Speaking, Coaching, etc. Services"][/caption] To get more paid speaking engagements, make sure to let your audience know about your availability for public speaking engagements and about your coaching or other services... During your presentation, include success stories with your coaching/consulting clients (or whatever profession you have), just to plant the seed that you are also a solo professional who’ll be able to help the audience members in person as well.  ALSO mention casually that “Whenever I speak to groups – whether it’s a corporate group, associations, youth groups, etc. – I always make sure to bring the best and latest information out there” – the key, again, is to let the audience members know that you speak to different groups…  Also,…
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Secrets to Paid/Public Speaking Success – #2 [of 101] – How to Get More (or your first few) Speaking Gigs

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking, Get Paid to $peak!, Market/Promote Your Speaking
Signup here, to get future posts in your email inbox:  In the summer of 2003, my coach (Jennifer-Hoy Saint-Laurent) asked me a simple question – right in our first coaching session: “If there was nothing to stop you, what would you attempt to accomplish?” (it’s a bit rephrased – I don’t recall the exact wording, but it’s really close); and without hesitation I said “I’d de be the next Anthony Robbins!  I’d love to speak to crowds, motivate people, entertain them… and potentially inspire my audience to create some meaningful changes in their lives..” “And… what is stopping you?” she asked.  And, boy, did I have reasons…  The truth is, I always knew that I wanted to become a motivational speaker, but I always knew that I’d never become one. …
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Secrets to Paid/Public Speaking Success – #1 [of 101] – Be Authentic

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking, Improve Your Speaking Skills
Many of us start out in the speaking business as a result of being inspired by another speaker.  For me, for example, it was Anthony Robbins.  I thought "One day I'll be the next Anthony Robbins"...  Which often leads us down on a path of non-authenticity, trying to be like someone else. I'll be honest, when I gave my first keynotes and workshops, I was so tensed that I forgot everything about Anthony Robbins; but instead I tried to be really "politically correct" and not screw up.  I was terrified that I'll say something wrong, I'll freeze and forget what I have to say, or make a full of myself in some other manner... It took me only about 2 years of regular speaking - 2 to 5 times/month - to…
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