The BIG LIE in Professional Speaking

Back in 1996, my first year as a full-time Professional Speaker, the BIG LIE was everywhere, and I bought into it. Thats why I lost $50,000 my first year. In 1997, I attended the Bill Gove Speech Workshop, and Bill Gove told me the truth. He gently explained that I had been duped by marketing...

How to Become a Million-Dollar Speaker

Becoming a million-dollar speaker is parallel to becoming a million-dollar actor, comedian, singer, dancer or musician. It happens, but it’s rare. That said, if you’re crafty, hardworking and you have excellent mentorship, you have a shot. You just can’t approach it like you’re applying for a job at Home Depot. There’s more to it than...

Speaker’s Apprentice Opportunity

If you’re an emerging or aspiring fee-paid professional speaker, or a professional speaker ready to level up your fees, the Speaker’s Apprentice Opportunity may be for you. The $15 billion/year personal development industry is starving for new talent, yet only 1 in 10,000 new speakers ever hit the $100K mark. Watch this short video that...

97/100 Speaker’s Make This Mistake

Just wrapped up our 7th national convention in the past 7 weeks and witnessed more of this mistake than I’ve seen in the past 25 years of being a professional speaker. At first I thought it was because there are so many new, young speakers in the business, due to technology. But I’ve also seen...

How to Captivate an Audience: The Genius of Marcus Lemonis

Last week Marcus Lemonis, famous for his hit TV show, The Profit, on CNBC, delivered a unique closing keynote speech in Orlando, Florida. Few times in the past 25 years as a professional speaker have I seen a speaker captivate an audience at this level. It was a masterclass on how to connect with an...

Speaker’s FATAL Mistake

Amateur speaker’s make a lot of mistakes on the platform as they ascend to the professional level. I certainly made my share. But there’s one mistake you must avoid at all costs. I just returned from 2 weeks on the road and 4 national conventions, and watched a total of 57 different speakers. In my...

Join the Personal Development REVOLUTION!

Speakers, Authors and Success Coaches unite for the first time in over 100 years to the personal development message to promote positive change around the world. This is our REVOLUTION! Come join our fight to offset fear, greed, and corruption by becoming a Founding Member of the International Personal Development Association. www.ipdar.org

Speakers: A Call to Arms

To my speaker friends around the world: This is a call to arms. I need your help. It’s no secret that the world is a mess. Never in any of our lifetimes has any of us experienced this level of global negativity and psychological suffering. War, terrorism, corruption, political polarization, economic uncertainty, pandemic, school shootings,...

Can Personal Development Save the World?

The world is on fire. Global pandemic, war, terrorism, economic uncertainty, conspiracy theories, media bias, corrupt leaders, social unrest, political polarization, just to name a few of the threats to democracy, freedom and our way of life. Depression and suicide rates are soaring. Many believe our best days are behind us. The world is on...

Matt Kinsey Becomes President of Toastmasters International

Matt Kinsey, a 2005 graduate of the Bill Gove Speech Workshop, has become the new President of 350,000 member Toastmasters International. Dawn and I just returned from the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, where Matt delivered an inspirational acceptance speech. In this video I dissect the path Matt took to this amazing achievement, and how you...