The Speakers Bureau Myth

Speak and Deliver

One of the many myths about the speaking industry is that Speaking Bureaus will line your pockets with money, promote you to stardom, and remove any need for you to market yourself. Successful - In other words, you already get plenty of speaking engagements, and they can parlay your marketing efforts to line their own pockets by helping take over the marketing machine you've already built. In Godfather speak, it's not personal, it's business.

From Free to Fee: How Experts Get Paid to Speak

Pivotal Public Speaking

The transition from speaking for visibility to paid speaking is like jumping off a cliff: if you survive that first leap, the rest will seem easy. Go Where the Gigs Are. The first change you have to make is where you speak. The easiest way to get paid is not with associations; there are too many speakers in those venues willing to speak for free. The flow of your speaking must be very smooth and transitions seamless.

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