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Have you been searching high and low for your next speaking engagement? As you work to fill up your calendar as a speaker, you may be tempted to instantly start looking to land the"big stages".
I mean, who would not want to be a keynote speaker at a big national conference with thousands of people hanging on our every word. This was my mindset when I first started speaking and it is still what I often see from newer speakers in Black Speakers Network. Why do we ignore the opportunities right in your own back yard? After all, the size of the stage does not determine your impact.
I quickly learned, smaller venues can potentially book you faster than larger conferences and have the capacity to bring you in more frequently. Plus, they tend to be much more open and flexible with selling products or services. I believe if we shift our mindset, we can stay booked more consistently, make more money and serve more people.
No one knows you or your business like you do, no one can describe your business or your services like you do, so why not take a few minutes and write an introduction letting the host or MC know exactly how you want to be introduced. This is your opportunity to shine and make not only a good first impression but a lasting first impression.
Imagine the power of a marketing strategy that many of your competitors were too intimidated by to even try. In the noisy online marketing world of algorithms, funnels, social media, and keyword campaigns; public speaking is one of the best marketing strategies to help you cut through the noise and grow your small business.
How much do you value yourself? Think about it. You value and invest in so many material things: clothes, car, home, etc. They are all a part of your overall budget and they are important. They make us comfortable, but in comparison to these “things” how much do you invest in yourself? How much value do you place on your spiritual and overall growth as a person who is confident in who they are and whose they are.
I don't know about you all, but when I hear the name Eric Thomas aka ET The Hip Hop Preacher, the very first thing I think of is "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful". This weekend I realized that wanting it badly is just the prelude to the work it takes to get it.
As a speaker, your first responsibility is to see your craft as a business, especially if you intend on making a living from it. Your second responsibility is to avoid being a part of the status quo, especially because a recent study by the University of Scranton suggests that only 8% of people actually achieve their goals. To avoid being part of the 92%, here are four tips to help you achieve your goals. (Click Title To View Full Article)
Name any one of your favorite public speakers, past or present, and I bet they have written at least one book during their careers. No matter what your expertise or industry, writing a book can quite literally change the trajectory of your speaking business. Here are 5 reasons why every speaker should focus their efforts on authoring at least one book during their speaking career.