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Jul
10

Toughest Business

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Professional speaking is a tough business. It spits people out faster than anything I’ve ever seen, yet internet marketers love to tell people how easy it is, even when they’ve never been paid a fee to deliver a speech. I’ve watched this for over 20 years, and people still buy into it as much as ever. Watch this short video that sets the record straight and prepares you for success in this profession.

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Jun
27

Speech Structure

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How do you structure a paid, professional speech? Ask 100 of the highest paid speakers and you’ll get 100 different answers. Speech writing is an art. That being said, Bill Gove, the father of the industry, taught me his best secrets. I share one in this short video that’s helped me earn over $15 million in keynote speaking fees. I’ll look forward to your comments.

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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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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
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
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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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
19

What Are You Adding to the Conversation?

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As a professional speaker, what are you adding to the conversation? As I discussed in my last post, most speakers are saying the same thing, yet its what you add to people’s lives that’s different that makes your career. Watch this short video and I’ll look forward to your comments. (Steve Siebold)

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Nov
12

What Makes You a Unique Speaker?

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What are saying to audiences, writing in your books and espousing to the press that makes you unique? Are you saying the same things as the other 95% of the speakers, or are you unique? Watch this post (3 minutes) and I’ll look forward to your comments. (Steve Siebold)

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