The speaking industry is constantly evolving. Listen weekly for voices of experience from experts in the speaking industry with tips, insights and knowledge to help you become a better speaker, build a better business, and get paid to speak.

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Build Trust and Grow Your Business with David H...
You have a well-crafted and researched message and you can deliver that perfectly on stage…but people still don’t want to hire you. What’s going on? This week on the show we invited David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE, to discuss how Trust might be the reason meeting planners aren’t booking you, and how professional speakers can make sure they’re always building trust with their clients and partners in the speaking industry.
27 min
Get and Stay Booked with Mary Kelly
You’re looking at your calendar and you realize you have no speaking gigs lined up and you’re not getting paid. What’s your next move? Panicking and looking for upcoming meetings and sending in proposals? This week on the Speakernomics, we invited Mary Kelly, PhD, CDR, CSP, CPAE, to discuss how you need to build systems and processes in your business to make sure you get booked and stay booked.
27 min
Grow Your Speaking Business with YouTube
Pop quiz: You want to make a YouTube video that will lead to someone hiring you; do you focus on a topic that people search 10,000 times a month, or 200 times a month? Today’s guest Michelle Villalobos, CSP, says the real money is in making videos for 200 people. This week on Speakernomics, Michelle will share highlights from her YouTube strategy that helps her generate substantial revenue with daily or weekly videos.
29 min
What Meeting Planners Really Want with Jay Baer
Here’s a hot take from today’s guest, Jay Baer, CSP, CPAE: Your content and presentation skills are probably not that much better than every other professional speaker in your field, which is to say you’re all good speakers. But what can you do stand out to make sure your message transcends the presentation itself? This week on Speakernomics we invited Jay to share his insights about how to differentiate yourself from other speakers so meeting planners choose to work with you.
24 min
Future of Your Virtual Studio with Dan Thurmon
Over the past nearly two years, you built up your home studio to adapt to the pandemic, but now what do you do with it when the speaking industry is ramping back up and in-person meetings are starting to return? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE, who built a vast home studio to discuss what to do with your studio moving forward and why it’s still a valuable tool.
28 min
Leverage your Mental DNA with Jeffrey Magee
Are you someone who really focuses on your expertise, or do you adapt your topics whenever a new trendy topic pops up? If you’re the latter, you might be limiting your success. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Jeffrey Magee, CMC, CBE, PDM, PhD, CSP, to the show to discuss why staying in your lane can help you book more business and how to turn all of your experience into different resources for your clients.
27 min
Business Models Post-COVID with Randy Gage
After countless hours of practice and experience, you’ve perfected your key stories and their delivery, but what is the audience truly getting from your stories? Are they walking away with true solutions to their challenges, or did they just hear a brief motivational story they’re going to soon forget? This week on the show, we invited Randy Gage, CPAE, to discuss why a good story isn’t enough in the post-COVID market and what you can do to become an indispensable resource to your clients.
33 min
One year of Speakernomics with Thom Singer
And that’s a wrap on 2021 and the first season of Speakernomics! Have you listened to every episode? This week on the show, we invited Frank Kitchen to host the episode and put Thom in the guest’s seat to talk about what he’s learned through hosting the show over the past year and what you can expect from Speakernomics next year!
30 min
The Mystery of TED Talks with Hayley Foster
You’re a professional speaker with a great message and a perfect delivery; you must be an ideal candidate to give a TEDx talk, right? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Hayley Foster, M.ED, one of the founders of the first TEDx event in 2009, to discuss what it takes to get invited to the TED stage and why professional speakers aren’t always selected.
33 min
Hidden Business Deductions for Speakers with Ta...
It’s almost the end of 2021, which means it’s almost time to submit your 2021 taxes. Are you taking advantage of all the options available to you as a professional speaker? This week on the show, we invited Tatiana Tsoir, CPA, MBA, who runs a boutique tax accounting firm to share some lesser-known ideas on saving big for tax time.
24 min
Big Event Marketing & Production with Ramon Ray
Instead of waiting for someone to hire you to speak at an event, have you ever considered hosting your own speaking events? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Ramon Ray, CSP, to discuss his experience hosting his own events including how and why you might want to do so, how to market to your prospective attendees, and how to get companies to sponsor your event.
27 min
Grow your Network with Podcasts with Lou Diamond
Have you ever been hired to speak after someone listened to your podcast? Do you dread going to “networking events” to try and meet other professional speakers or clients? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Lou Diamond, CSP, to the show to share some insights into how to use your podcast to grow your networking (and even get booked) as both the interviewer and the interviewee.
26 min
How to Engage with Introverts with Jennifer Kah...
As a professional speaker, do you think you’re an extrovert? Do you find it difficult at times to engage with the introverts in your audiences who aren’t always excited to join in on your activities and questions? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this challenge. This week on the show we invited Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD, CSP, to share some insights into how you can best engage with your more quiet audience members and improve your presentations for everyone.
26 min
Add Training and Consulting to your Business wi...
You just delivered your keynote with fabulous ideas; you have the check in hand…now what? How can you evolve your keynote into additional training and consulting work so you can keep delivering your message (and getting paid)? This week we invited Anton, Gunn, CSP, to share massive knowledge bombs on what you can do add training and consulting to your business offerings.
29 min
Speaker Negotiations with Lynn Price
Does negotiating your fee and speaking agreements cause your anxiety to spike? If you’re always sticking your head in the sand hoping the perfect deal will just land in your lap, this episode is for you. This week we invited Lynn Price who has negotiated more than 11,000 agreements to share how you can improve your negotiating skills to land better deals (and know when it’s time to walk away).
24 min
The Science Behind Building a Speaking Business...
Do you know when your busy season is, and do you charge differently for it? Do you track how many referrals you get every time you get off stage? Are you keeping track of any metrics on your business? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Andrew Davis, co-author of The Referable Speaker: Your Guide to Building a Sustainable Speaking Career­–No Fame Required, to chat about how you can use data to keep your calendar full.
28 min
Make More Money with Mark Victor Hansen
Are you making as much money as you’d like as a professional speaker? Are you looking at how other speakers seem to be so financially successful and wonder how you be too? This week on the show we invited Mark Victor Hansen, a founding member of NSA and co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series to talk about what he did to build a long and lucrative career.
30 min
Websites That Work with Kristin Pearson
27 min
Using Humor with Drew Tarvin
Do you try to impress your audiences with humor, or do you stick to just your expertise? Professional speaking may not be a comedy special, but humor is a valuable tool to connect with your audiences. This week on Speakernomics, Drew Tarvin joins us to talk about different kinds of humor you can use and how to tap into your own funny style.
37 min
Build a Business That Works for You with Marque...
Almost all speakers got into the business to share their message and to leave working a normal 9-to-5 job. Now that you’re running your own business, are you running it in a way that works for you, or are you just running it like the large companies you left? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Marquesa Pettway, CSP, to share some powerful insights into how to look at your business differently and how to make it work for your lifestyle.
30 min
Attention Management with Maura Thomas
How many distractions have you faced today? How much attention did you devote to every little notification and popup that tried to pull you away from working on your business? Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you answered “a lot.” This week on Speakernomics, we’re talking to Maura Thomas, MBA, CSP, an attention-management (not time-management) expert with some tips on making the most of your day. Key Takeaways
24 min
Lessons from Jeanne Robertson with Patrick Henry
Speaking Legend Jeanne Robertson passed away on Aug. 21, 2021, three days before she was scheduled to join us for an episode of Speakernomics. This week on the show, we invited Patrick Henry, CSP, a second-generation speaker who has known Jeanne for much of his life and worked closely with her to share a few things he learned from her.
30 min
Look and Sound your Best on Camera with Robert ...
Are you still using your laptop's built in camera and microphone along with your overhead room lamp? Have you been dragging your feet hoping everything virtual would just go away? This week on the show, we invited Robert Kennedy III to share how he upgraded his video and audio set up over the past 18 months to better serve his clients and to stand out from other speakers.
33 min
Turning Keynotes into Training Programs with C...
You have an awesome keynote, but what if your clients want more? Do you have a training a program? Does the thought of creating yet another program sound impossible? This week on the show, we invited Cara Silletto, MBA, CSP, to the show to share how (and why) you should turn your keynotes and expertise into longer and lucrative training programs.
30 min
Podcasting for Other Companies with Thom Singer
Do you host a show for other any of your clients? Do you want to use your skills as a speaker and an interviewer to work with other companies regularly as a show host, and hopefully get paid doing it? This week, we put our host Thom Singer, CSP, in the guest spot and invited Eliz Greene to interview him on how he became a podcast host for other companies and how you can get started too.
28 min