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How to Set Your Speaking Fees as a New Speaker

There is a lot of work that goes into becoming a successful professional speaker, and when you’re just starting out, it can seem like a lot to juggle. You’ve got to create speaking topics, submit applications (which are not always short and simple!), prepare your bio, promote your speaking engagements, and so on. All of these are essential pieces of the puzzle, but I encourage...

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How to Choose the Right Speaker for a Wedding Industry Event

To answer the question that often stumps even the most well-seasoned event organizer, there are many facets of the ‘right’ speaker when it comes to selecting someone to share expert insight with your crowd. For instance, it’s crucial to take a look at their past speaking experience, what content they can deliver to your audience, and how their message might resonate – to name a...

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7 Tips for Success as a New Speaker or Presenter

As with most things, public speaking will feel natural as you gain experience in the field. However, when you’re new to the game, it can feel confusing and scary to book your first several engagements. In addition to the actual speaking part, you also have to work through the logistics of preparing to take the stage. Every organization and association is different in the way...

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Why Everyone Wants to Be a Wedding Speaker

More than ever, we’re seeing an incredible increase in the number of wedding and event professionals that are eager to take to the regional and national stage to share their expertise. Not only does this give them an excellent footing to make some contacts in the industry and spread the wealth when it comes to continuing education, but it can open the door to several...

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Audiovisual Requirements List: What It Is and Why You Need It

When you first start out on the speaking circuit, the world of audiovisual requirements can seem a bit overwhelming. You’ve got your ticket booked, your presentation is finalized, and you’ve practiced your face off in the mirror for hours on end. Now, wouldn’t it be a shame to show up and find out that no one can hear your quips past the third row? Or...

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Checklist: 8 Things You Need to Bring to a Speaking Gig

When you’re making your way to a speaking engagement, there are a number of obvious must-haves—your computer, charger, travel documents, etc. Over time, however, I’ve come up with a short list of not-so-obvious must-haves for speakers to ensure the event is seamless: A Tech-friendly Backpack I officially gave up the good fight with my messenger bag after giving a friend’s backpack a try. I was...

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