Archive for Speaking Strategy

May
21

How to Practice Your Keynote Speech

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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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Feb
10

#1 Reason Speaker’s Don’t Get Booked

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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
22

Speaker’s Classic Mistake

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Are you connecting with your audiences, or making the classic mistake of giving them too much information? Watch this short video shot on Lake Lanier and I’ll look forward to your comments.

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Nov
02

Why Do You Speak?

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Why do you want to become a professional speaker? Believe me, there are much easier ways to make a living! If you don’t have a compelling reason to make it in this business, you will fail. It requires years of hard work and persistence to earn money speaking. Watch this short post, and I’ll look forward to your comments. (Steve Siebold)

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Nov
12

#1 Reason Keynote Speakers FAIL

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In this short (2 minutes) video I discuss the #1 reason keynote speakers fail in this business. After earning over $13 million in speaking fees, I’d attribute most of my success to making sure I covered this one area well. Luckily I had the best mentor in the business, the great Bill Gove, the father of professional speaking. Bill drilled this lesson into my head for the 5 years we spent on the road together speaking in many of the largest auditoriums in America. Bill’s teaching lives on in the Bill Gove Speech Workshop www.SpeechWorkshop.com, and the more advanced course, the Million Dollar Speakers Club. www.MillionDollarSpeakersClub.comĀ 

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Oct
04

Speaking at The Vatican

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As a professional or emerging professional speaker, how much do you believe in your message? Your level of belief will have a major impact on your audience response, and ultimately, on your speaking career. Watch this short video I shot at The Vatican a few days ago and I”ll look forward to your comments. (In the video I mistakenly say I’m in Rome, Italy, when I’m actually in Vatican City… apologies to my Catholic friends!)

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Public criticism comes with being a thought leader in your area of expertise. It’s part of the job. The paradox of public criticism is that the more you are criticized, the more publicity you get and the more popular you become with your fan base. Critics, for all intents and purposes, are your friends. Welcome to the twisted world of being a public figure! :) Watch this short video on taking a stand (as a speaker) and enduring criticism.

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Jun
22

Professional Speaker Live Broadcast Q&A

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Join us for a LIVE BROADCAST “How to Break into the Professional Speaking Business Q&A” on Thursday, June 23 at 12 Noon EDT
http://www.speechworkshop.com/prospeaker/prospeaker-social/

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If you’re serious about making it big in the speaking business in 2016, watch this short video (3 minutes) and apply for our Speakers Apprentice Team. This is more than about licensing content; it’s about learning the business from the ground up directly from a million-dollar speaker. Nothing like this has ever been offered in the history of the speaking industry. After you view this short video, visit www.SpeakersApprentice.com

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