From Free to Fee: How Experts Get Paid to Speak

Pivotal Public Speaking

You’re already on the speaker’s circuit, using concurrent session programs at industry events as marketing opportunities. If you still want association gigs, ditch the concurrent sessions and go for the keynote slots with state and regional associations. National associations with bigger budgets usually use more high-profile personality keynoters, so pitch for the general session, where lesser-known experts are used.

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Speaking for Dollars by Vickie Sullivan

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You’re the industry star, the one who always gets asked to do the high-risk presentations for your company. It’s not impossible to make money or develop a second career on the speaking circuit; it just takes more work than most people imagine. Therefore, to get the big fees – or any fee at all – you must compete in the keynote or general-session market. A keynote speech and a session workshop are two completely different animals.