How to Become a Professional Speaker

How do you become a professional speaker? Don’t believe everything you read or watch about this online. There’s a lot of money in selling people how to get rich quick in professional speaking. From ‘just tell your story’ to ‘just get on as many stages as possible’ to ‘get discovered as the next big motivational...

Speakers Don’t Get Discovered

The latest speaker marketing lie is that professional speakers get discovered. This is NOT how the business works. This idea is sold to people who are trying to break into the business, and earnestly trying everything possible. If you’ve fallen into this trap, don’t feel bad because it’s easy to do. In this video I...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Georgia Speakers Bureau Needs New Speakers

Georgia Speakers lost 66 speakers over the 2-year Covid shutdown, and is actively searching for new talent. Our main clients are in Healthcare, Big Pharma and Financial Services. We’re looking for motivational, insprirational and business content experts. GSB was a full service bureau for 10 years, but has transitioned to a referral-based bureau. That means...

Most Famous Speech in American History

n 1959, a brilliant young speech writer named Theodore Sorensen graduated from the Bill Gove Speech Workshop. He was talented and ambitious, and Bill Gove took notice of him immediately. Bill Gove taught him his famous vignette system of professional speechwriting, and Theodore Sorenson was a quick study. 2 years later he would pen the...

Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Professional Speaker?

Professional speaking is a unique career, and frankly, it’s not for everyone. Successful speakers have a mix of content, credibility, charisma, expertise, platform skills, marketing savvy, etc. After speaking professionally and running the world-renowned Bill Gove Speech Workshop for 25 years, our team has designed a Professional Speaker Assessment Tool to help you determine whether...

How to Launch a Professional Speaking Career

The #1 question we get from people who attend the Bill Gove Speech Workshop is “how do I get started?” I remember asking everyone I met in the business the same question back in 1996, and most of the answers were wrong. There’s money to be made selling naive new speakers ‘get rich quick’ advice...