Public Speaking: Why Holding Your Own Event Is a HUGE Mistake

If you’ve been a speaker for any period of time, you’ve likely heard the advice: run your own events.  There are guru-types out there, running their own events, teaching you how to run your own events.  It’s great, they say. You’ll make a lot of money, they say. Just hold a free event and the … Read more

Why Speakers Should NEVER Photoshop Your Headshot

Imagine you’re in the market for a car. Let’s say you’re into cute and classic – like this sweet little blue Volkswagon Beetle pictured here on the right. You do all your homework. You search the internet, call dealers, ask loads of questions, read reviews, and are SO happy to have found THE ONE. After … Read more

Where to Find Speaking Opportunities for International Events

Professional speakers often have the same or similar questions. The most common of those is: “where can I find speaking opportunities?” Today’s question comes from a Facebook group of professional speakers. The woman who asked the question added a twist. She wondered about international speaking gigs. Here is the question and my answer, which seems … Read more

Speaker One Sheet Question: How Many Pages Should A Speaker Sheet Be?

Speaker one sheets are a powerful tool professional and emerging speakers need to market their businesses. Many speakers know this, but they aren’t sure where to start, how to use them, what should be on them, etc. You can see that confusion in a question recently posted to Facebook (recognize the blue background as one … Read more

6 Elements to a Successful, Comprehensive, and Profitable Speaking Business That Makes You Money Whether You’re On Stage or Not

Public speaking is a dream for many people. If that’s YOU this post is written for you to help you avoid the costly mistakes so many beleaguered, ragged, worn-out speakers make thinking the ONLY way to make money as a speaker is when they are on stage alone.  If you were alive and in the … Read more