Getting Plugged into the Professional Speaker Market

Name-brand, well-known, highly experienced professional speakers make five-and-six figures per speech. Although it takes a lot of work (and many years) to reach this level, you can make money as a professional speaker early in your speaking career. As long as you have patience and passion, here’s how you can make some cash with your silver tongue:

1. Choose a topic you’re passionate about and become an expert in that topic.

Are you a health nut? An animal enthusiast? Have a passion for project management? The subject really doesn’t matter as long as you research it well, find a market for your topic, and have some patience. To become an expert, blog about your chosen subject matter, write articles for online publications, and read everything you can about your topic. And yes, book speeches. When you are just starting out you may have to speak for free just to get your name out there. But, rest assured, as you practice your speaking skills and continue to become an expert on your topic, you will be able to ask for – and get – good fees for your speeches.

2. Write a book

Okay, this isn’t going to happen overnight. (Hey, I said it takes many years to reach brand-name status on the speaker circuit.) But writing a book–especially one published by a well-known publishing house–can bounce your speaking fees into the your-friends-will-be-green-with-envy level. Before my book was published, my average daily speaking fee was $5,000-$8,000, depending upon the organization. Five months after my book was published, I landed a speaking gig that paid me $30,000 for a one-hour keynote. (That was also, however, after being on the speaker circuit for over a decade.)

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