One of the most common questions I get is “How do you practice for keynote speaking tours?” The answer isn’t sexy, and the practice isn’t fun, but it’s helped me earn over $15 million dollars in speaking fees over the course of my career. Not as much as some, but enough to help us leverage these speeches into multi-year, 6-7 figure corporate training contracts, which is where we’ve had most of our success. This practice strategy was given to me by the great Bill Gove, back in 1996, which I explain in this short video. (5-minutes) The good news is that the opportunity to pass many of the biggest speakers in the business is still there, because many of them are far too comfortable to keep practicing. For me, it was the chance of a lifetime. I hope it will be the same for you.

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Apr
23

Speaker’s Practice Schedule

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Professional athletes practice every day. So do professional musicians, actors, singers, guitar players, jugglers, magicians, etc. But what about professional speakers? The top speakers practice every day, but many middle of the road speakers don’t. New and emerging speakers spend more time worrying about marketing themselves than they do on building world-class speaking skills. Many speakers grossly overrate their platform skills and end up confounded when they can’t get booked. Watch this short video (3-minutes) that I taped in the Guitar Room at the Bona Allen Mansion. I’ll forward to your comments.

 

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Mar
24

Getting on TV and Radio?

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The fastest way to get your message out to millions of people is through the mass media. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media are great, but ANYONE can broadcast on those mediums, which means they have little credibility in the speaking business marketplace. Last week I kicked off a 9-month mass media tour for my new book, Secrets Self-Made Millionaires Teach Their Kids. I did TV interviews in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Champaign Illinois, Chicago and St. Louis. Watch this short video on getting yourself in the media and if you’re interested, here’s my interview on WGN-TV in Chicago this week.
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Mar
09

Speaker’s Deadly Mistake

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Back in 1996, Bill Gove, the 85-year old father of professional speaking, told me about the one mistake most speakers make that holds them back from ever reaching their potential. I took what he told me to heart, and it catapulted my career. Watch this short video (3 minutes) and make sure you don’t fall into this trap.

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Mar
02

Want to Speak in Atlanta?

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The Georgia Speaker’s Bureau will be hosting the Bill Gove Speech Workshop, which trains speakers in professional level keynote speech writing and delivery skills, on May 18-20, 2018 at the Bona Allen Mansion, near Atlanta. This workshop is designed to help you develop the skills and strategies necessary to qualify for representation in the bureau and beyond. The Georgia Speaker’s Bureau markets exclusively to Atlanta-based corporations, organizations and associations. Watch this short (4 minute) video for details. You can register for the waiting list at www.speechworkshop.com

 

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Feb
25

Your Legacy as a Speaker

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One of the buzzwords of the speaking business in the past few years is “legacy,” as in, what will be your legacy as a speaker? When I first heard this I didn’t really know, but then I finally figured it out. Watch this short video (5 minutes) I taped on the steps of the Bona Allen Mansion and I’ll look forward to your comments.

 

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Since word got out a few months ago about the launch of Georgia Speaker’s Bureau, we’ve been bombarded with unsolicited demo videos from speakers. We’ve watched as many as we can, but most of the speakers make the same grave error in their video production that leads us to turn it off and exclude them for representation. Watch this short video (3 minutes) for the full explanation and how you can avoid it. (Note: please don’t send us unsolicited demo videos. We’re not accepting any more of them right now.)

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Since opening the Georgia Speaker’s Bureau, we’ve been flooded by emails from so many speaker’s that we’ve had to stop taking inquiries. We’ve also had tons of calls from Atlanta-based companies asking for our services. The reason speaker’s get turned down for speeches is the same thing over and over. As a matter of fact, you could add up the next 10 reasons and it wouldn’t equal the #1 reason. This is a BIG deal. I always knew it was huge, but until we opened the speaker’s bureau, I didn’t realize just how many speaker’s made this mistake. Watch this short (3 minutes) video I shot in my office at the Mansion, and see if you’re falling into this trap.

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Feb
04

Where Is Your 3rd Place?

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Professional speaking is a career of creativity. That’s one of the reasons I love it so much. You are constantly challenged to create new ideas, speeches, books, articles, products, programs, media angles, marketing pieces, sales scripts, blog posts, and a host other things that make up our business. It’s so much fun, and we actually get paid to do it! About 20 years ago, I was at an NSA meeting when I heard this speaker talk about the power of having a “3rd Place,” and it was a game changer for me. Watch this short (1:30) video I shot in San Pedro, Belize, last night and I’ll look forward to your comments.

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Jan
27

Speaking in the Media

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Getting in the media can catapult your speaking career, yet very few speakers understand this. Being interviewed on TV, radio, and in print gives you and your message a level of credibility that is difficult to get in any other way. In just the past 72 hours, I’ve been interviewed on TV, radio and in print for the Wall Street Journal, FOX News, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, MSNBC and about 6 others, for my new book, Secrets Self-Made Millionaires Teach Their Kids. If you’re serious about getting your message out to millions of people and super sizing your speaking career, watch this short video I taped backstage in the green room minutes before my FOX 57 TV interview in Columbia, South Carolina.

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