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10.75 Actions to Get Paid to Speak

One way to survival, stability and success is finding your voice and using your voice to get paid to speak.

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The speaker business is easy to get into, although tough to make money in and even tougher to stay in. Spending five days at the National Speakers Associations Influence11 Conference was smart.

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Paying the bill, enduring the stress and aggravation of travel was smart.

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Here, I share what I have learned, free:

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The top 10.75 actions you need to take to get paid to speak:

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#1. Delusional value:  Add so much value that leaders, teams and people think you are delusional. Water the Bamboo man says, “A genius is a delusional, crazy person whose ideas work.”

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#2. Find one client: Just one. Read action #1. DO that. The trend noticed at NSA11 was that every successful speaker/business model started with one client!!! They all get paid more, now, than they did when they started. You can potentially earn $20,000 per keynote speaker engagement. If you’re new you don’t need to feel the pressure to charge that. For me, that freed me to think how to carry out “Success Steps”. That is, the small next one or two steps needed.

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#3. Speak often:  You become a better speaker when you speak more often.

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#4. Write daily:  Write so much that you’re discovered. Jeffrey Gitomer says someone will notice you if you speak AWESOME, you are a writer, and any book is a good start for your first book. You’ll get better as you go.

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#5. Build Video:  Streamit video home of the Gummi Green Frog candy is the place to start. Blast videos out to your network. See what content works. Start charging for what works. Don’t let people download or own your video. Google Streamit. They’ll tell you.

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#6. Meet some people:  Not the online types, the REAL human kind. Begin to ask people, “Who do you know that might hire someone who does what I do?” When they ask what you do, hand them a one-sheet of what you do. Deep breathe. Ask, “Would you pay for this? Do you see any value in this for you? For anyone?” When they say, ”No,” then revise the one-sheet and repeat. Once you find people who brutally tell you, “no,” then switch to, “Yes, I will pay you,” then you know you have found something.

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#7. Up Klout: Google Klout. Do you have any? To get paid to speak you need to know real people, have Klout in social media, and have business common sense. It’s not one or the other. AND means you’ll have abundance. OR means you’ll have limitation, competition and fail.

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#8. Study, become a PhD. of getting paid to speak:  You will become the books you read, the people you hang out with and the mp3′s you listen to. Are you a golfer? Energy, time and $$$$$ spending seven hours golfing per week is a handicap.

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#9. Get yourself a yellow pad:  Begin to practice your material on your yellow pad. Make charts, graphs and pictures. If anyone at all is paying attention, then tear out that sheet and give it to them. If you’re new at getting paid to speak, then make a copy first. Because if someone is actually paying attention to your yellow pad idea you’re on your way to getting paid to speak.

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#10. The OODA loop: (for observe, orient, decide, and act) is a concept originally applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in military operations. It is now available for your use. Life is like dessert storm; grab a spoon; get some chocolate sauce and switch tactics when needed. The faster the loop, the faster you get paid to speak. That said, avoid years like the year I lost one million dollars. You’ll need to use discernment to know when too fast needs to slow down.

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#10.75 What’s your niche? Focus each day on dialing in your niche.

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My goal at Influence11 was to find my niche. I found much more. The better news? Here is a niche for you to give me feedback on …

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Lost1million Inc. shows teams, leaders and people how to break down obstacles to survive, have stability and reach success.

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Steps to survival, stability and success.

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Now, tell me brutal honest yes or no: would you or do you know someone who would pay for this?

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2 Responses to “10.75 Actions to Get Paid to Speak”

  1. Can you explain a bit more about Lost1Million? Personally, I’m at the beginning of those steps you outlined above, dipping my toes into the speaking business as a career. I’ve done speaking for years, but not on the level that I want to, so I’m learning the steps to kick it up several notches. If you could teach me to get to my first million, then yes, this is a service I’d pay for.

  2. Excellent question Karen. AND where you are at is great news because you are asking the same questions we are answering.

    Lost1million Inc. shows teams, leaders and people how to break down obstacles to survive, have stability and reach success.

    Let’s find a time to communicate what issues your facing that keep you from earning what you deserve in your business.

    There wouldn’t be any fee for this. You can then get a feel of what our team does.

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    To give you an example of how we approach this task …

    Tomorrow afternoon I’ll meet with my team. At that meeting we’ll take what I learned at Influence11 and come up with “Success Steps”.

    Our team is gifted at breaking down big picture thinking, issues and opportunities into small one or two next steps. Actually, they’re over achievers. OA -ers like to do three steps which means we’ll come up with three next steps.

    We then work the steps daily until we need new steps. Poof. We wake up with achieving success.

    As I have been telling the story of the year “I Lost One Million Dollars” it has become clear that we can help others achieve success, dreams and goals.

    People talented, with better ideas than I and highly skilled. Yet they never seem to be able to break down what they need do to create success.

    Lost1Million Inc. creates success.


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