Are you Ready to Start or Grow your speaking Business?
As a new member gift, you will receive a free copy of the the 7 Power Principles to Propel You to Professional Speaking Success.
Black Speakers Network (BSN) is a organization focused on developing aspiring professional speakers, primarily of African descent, who seek to leverage speaking as a means to generate income. We provide education, support services, products, empowerment and development opportunities that facilitate the transition from novice to professional speaker. Learn more in our FAQ Page.
Welcome Survey- Once you join BSN you will immediately receive a welcome survey via email with a few basic questions to help us better learn about your journey as a speaker and how we can best support you. Please complete the survey as soon as possible so that we can begin partnering with you! In addition, we will host monthly welcome calls (via webinar or conference call) as an opportunity to review the opportunities at BSN and give you an opportunity to ask questions live as well as provide feedback. If you joined but missed the Welcome Survey, you can complete it here.
Professional Speaking Tools and Resources - At BSN, we offer customized products, tools and recommended resources to help you grow as a speaker. As a new or rising professional speaker, it is critical to develop the fundamental skills and mindset for success in our industry. When you join BSN, we will work with you to develop a holistic approach to building your speaking business by focusing on what we call the" 5M Speaking Business Model" which includes:
- Mission - Uncover your authentic passion and purpose as a speaker
- Message - Refine your core presentation and communication skills
- Marketing - Develop strategies to reach and engage your target audience
- Monetize - Create multiple streams of revenue for your speaking business through repacking and re-purposing new and existing content
- Management - Create systems and processes to manage and grow your speaking business
Speaking Opportunity Alerts – Email notification of new speaking opportunities based on your topic interest, expertise and geographic area. Through our speaker opportunity alert tool (found here) meeting planners will occasionally contact BSN to find speakers. Once the need is qualified, select BSN members will receive a Speaker Opportunity Alert via email and can respond directly to the opportunity. These opportunities will include both paid and non-paid engagements. BSN may exercise the option to charge a referral fee (between 10 to 25%) for engagements that our speakers accept.
Attend Live Events and Seminars - Jump start your speaking business with one of our live events. Also, learn about events hosted by our members. Click Here to check out our calendar of events
Joint Ventures Opportunities - We believe that iron sharpens iron and that we can accomplish more collectively then we can individually. Joining BSN puts connects you to a powerful network of speakers, emerging thought leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals from a vast array of industries. Thus you have the opportunity to collaborate with other speakers to produce information products such as books, cd’s, video, programs, live events and more that will position your reach, effectiveness and profitability as a speaker.
Product Development and Promotion - Work with our members and partners to develop your speaking products (books, audios, webinars and more) and promote on our BSN Online Store
Virtual Collaboration Forums – Access to a closed member only forum (Facebook Group) to connect with other BSN members, share best practices, and provide encouragement. Content shared on this group is strictly moderated. No spamming allowed.
Platform Partners: Our Platform Partner Program is designed to give BSN members direct access to a cadre of products and services that will support your speaking business. This includes but not limited to photography and video production services, website design, marketing, legal, professional and financial services. Each partner will operate independently of BSN as a contractual affiliate. Platform partners will pay a yearly membership fee, and pay BSN a negotiated fee of up to 20% of gross revenue driven by BSN members. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Platform Partner, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Competency Circles – These specialized speaker development masterminds are designed to provide you with virtual mastermind to discuss and address specific challenges related to the speaking and training industry. Participation will be limited.