Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #9 (of 101) – FailProof Your Speaking Business

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
Image via Wikipedia Paid public speaking - or professional speaking - is very competitive; there are literally tens of thousands of speakers who want to make a living, or some on-the-side income, by presenting at conferences, association events, college and high school events, company training, or wherever they pay a speaker to deliver their message. The attraction to paid speaking is understandable.  An average speaker gets paid anywhere from $25oo to $5ooo per speech - be that 2o minutes or a 2-day workshop.  Just multiply that by 3 or 4 per week... or by 12 or 15 per month - that is, the number of times an "average" speaker speaks at different events.  That's an income that will attract lots of flies - oups, I meant people :) So, is there such…
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Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #8(of 101) – Increase Your Bookings with Good Follow-Up

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="227" caption="The Devil is in the Follow-up! "][/caption] I'm not proud of it, but I'll admit it. I suck at follow-up and I probably lost 1os of thousands of dollars of speaking gig opportunities due to this little handicap.  Now 7 years after I started, I'm much better at it [and I have an assistant who takes care of most of it] and it definitely shows on the # of bookings I'm getting.  So...  make sure when you talk to a prospect and you promise to follow up, do so promptly, on the date you promissed you'd do it the same applies if a meeting organizer - or a speakers' bureau rep - emails you or lives you a message on the phone, DON'T put off answering those…
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