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...

Million Dollar Speaker Experience

Several years ago a young author from Minnesota followed me around the country over the course of a year to document the life of a million dollar professional speaker. He followed me backstage, taped my speeches, attended TV and radio interviews with me, and asked me every question imaginable. The result was a book called...

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...

Bad Motivational Speech

What’s the difference between a good and bad motivational speech? Plenty, but in this video I’ll share one of the most important ones. If you want to speak to the smartest and most sophisticated audiences, you’ll want to take notes on this video.

Speaking at Corporate Turnarounds

One of the most profitable areas of the speaking/training business is helping companies increase sales and marketshare for low performing divisions/teams. This was my main focus for 23 years, and we increased sales (collectively, over 23 years) by $1.3 billion dollars for our corporate clients. Most divisions saw increases between $25-75 million dollars over the...

(Jealously Guarded) Keynote Speaking Strategy

In the age of mobile devices and short attention spans, capturing and keeping an audiences attention is tougher than ever. Everyone seems to want to be somewhere different than they are. Keynote speakers arm themselves with a battery of strategies that they implement to offset this cultural phenomenon. Many speakers (amateurs) are terrified of the...