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10 Speakers Spill their Speaking Business Succe...
This week we’re bringing you something a little different! At Thrive 2023, we asked many of the attendees the following question: What is one big thing you’ve done to achieve success or grow your speaking business? This week on Speakernomics, 10 of those speakers will answer the question on how they grew their incredibly successful speaking businesses!
20 min
Video-fy Your Unique Story with Clint Pulver
How do you make the most of your unique, signature stories that you tell from the stage? Do you just retell it every time you’re on stage, or have you incorporated the story into your business to help you get booked? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Clint Pulver, CSP, to share how he turned his unique story into self-made short video that not only earned him an Emmy, but helped generate over $4 million in revenue for his business.
25 min
Early Adoption with Denise Hamilton
We’re talking tech again this week! Are you embracing new technologies as they become available, or are you often watching from the sidelines waiting to see if it is worth your time to invest in the new trends? Whether you like it or not, technology will keep moving forward, so it might be time to change your mindset. This week on Speakernomics we invited Denise Hamilton, hot off the main stage at Thrive 2023, to discuss how you may not need to follow every trend, but you do need to embrace technological change if you want to continue to be a successful speaker.
27 min
How to Invest your Time with Glenn Lundy
Do you find it difficult to decide the best ways to spend your time as an speaker an entrepreneur? Do you struggle to make sure you’re spending enough time on your business, while still being present with your family and friends, or even making time for yourself? This week on Speakernomics we invited Glenn Lundy to the show share his strategies for investing his time in both his business and his family.
25 min
Be A Solution Provider with Grant Baldwin
Is your idea of speaking getting on a plane every day, flying to a new city and sharing your message, or are you more driven by seeing your clients implement your message to change their business and their lives? This week on the show, we invited Grand Baldwin of the Speaker Lab to explain the importance of not just being a speaker, but viewing yourself as a solutions provider.
28 min
Changing Technologies and Professional Speaking...
How often are you changing something about your business to follow technology trends? Are you overwhelmed trying to make sure you’re keeping up with (and paying for) the latest trends like Chat GPT and other AI tools, or avoiding them all together?? This week on Speakernomics, we invited tech expert Burton Kelso to share his perspective about how to when and how you should follow tech trends and how to keep your data safe while doing so. And, yes, we even briefly touch on Chat GPT.
23 min
Build a Media-Savvy Brand with Rich Bontrager
Are you working hard to be a featured guest on major media outlets, or are you trying to build your own media empire? After you listen to today’s guest, showing up on the big shows will just be the icing on the cake your already expansive media empire. This week on Speakernomics we invited Rich Bontrager to give a crash course on how you can easily use your tools and free or inexpensive tools already accessible to you to build your own media franchise to help you get your message out to the world and to get booked.
25 min
Crowdsourcing with Christian Napier
What are your clients and audiences saying about you? Are you recording their thoughts about you somehow? No matter how well you’ve researched your topic and perfectly crafted your message, comments and opinions from your audiences can influence what others think about you and your brand. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Christian Napier to share why it’s so important to capture audio and video clips your audience is saying about you and how you can make the most of them.
19 min
Monetize your Audio with Kanika Tolver
Are you sharing your podcast, showing up on Clubhouse and other “free” audio mediums as marketing, or are you actually getting paid from them? After today’s episode, you’ll realize you’ve been missing out if you’re not monetizing your audio. This week on Speakernomics, we brought on Kanika Tolver to share her experience of her career rehab and how she’s not only growing her business but making money off social audio spaces.
29 min
How to Be Known with Daniel Pope
How well known are you within your niche? An important message, a great business structure and an amazing team can only get you so far if no one knows who you are and you’re not bringing in business. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Daniel Pope, the owner and chief story teller of Be Known, an online marketing agency, to share some immediate tactics you can take as a small business owner, entrepreneur, and speaker to make sure that your perfect clients know who you are.
28 min
What does the Future Sound Like with Joel Block
How far into the future do you look? Are you watching trends that not only affect you, but what’s coming down the pike that affect your clients as well? This week on Speakernomics we brought in financial advisor and futurist Joel Block, CPA, CSP, to talk about the value and importance of planning for the future and ways you can start doing so for your business.
24 min
Speaker Finances with Marquita Miller-Joshua
As we begin 2023 and the third year of Speakernomics, let’s take a moment to talk about money. Do you dread tax time every year? Are you just swiping your card and celebrating when it works each time? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Marquita Miller Joshua to talk the differences between an accountant, a bookkeeper and a tax professional, the importance of regularly checking in on your financial health and steps you can consider to improve your business financials.
26 min
Recast: 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.
24 min
How to be a Podcast Host with Robert Kennedy III
Have you added a podcast to what you offer in your speaking business? While professional speaking and podcasting seem to go hand and hand, there are significant differences between the two. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Robert Kennedy III back to the show to discuss what it takes to be a good podcast guest. Plus, we have a big announcement about Speakernomics for next year!
30 min
Harnessing Your True Self as a Speaker with Cas...
Do you act as your true, authentic self when you’re speaking, or do you have a specially rehearsed version of yourself that you think people would rather see instead? While you do need to know your audience, this week’s guest says its better to be yourself no matter what. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Cassandra Worthy to share how she harnessed her true self and behavior to not only launch a speaking business in 2019 and 2020, but how that also helped her not only succeed as a speaker, but qualify to join NSA’s Million Dollar Speakers Group.
30 min
Being An Experienced Expert with Scott Halford
How much are you using neuroscience every day as a professional speaker? Unless you are today’s guest, you probably don’t even think about it. But no matter what your topic is, there is a lot you can learn from neuroscience to reach wider audiences and make sure your message has more impact. This week on Speakernomics we invited Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE, to discuss ways to use research and neuroscience to strength your expertise, message, and impact on your audiences.
30 min
Professionalism with Jim Cathcart
How do you demonstrate your professionalism when you’re interacting with clients and prospects? It’s one thing to be an expert and excellent speaker, but at the National Speakers Association and this podcast specifically, we’re focused on professional speaking. This week on Speakernomics, we invited long-time NSA member Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, who originally developed NSA’s professional competencies to the show to discuss what being a “professional” means and how that can benefit your business (and bottom line).
29 min
Leaving a Legacy with Lee Robert
What does your legacy as a professional speaker look like? Is your goal to share your message as an enjoyable way to pay the bills, or are you trying to leave your mark for years to come? To celebrate our 100th episode of Speakernomics (and NSA’s quickly approaching 50th anniversary), we invited Lee Robert, the daughter of NSA’s founder, Cavett Robert, to reminisce about NSA’s past and to share how you too can leave a legacy.
31 min
Focus with Erik Qualman
How often do you find yourself chasing something new, popular and shiny rather than doubling down and staying true to your focus or niche? While it’s not a surprising or novel idea, sometimes we need to be reminded that that we can’t become an expert on every topic our clients are looking for. This week on Speakermomics, we invited Erik Qualman to remind us the value of focus in our business and how staying true to our expertise will lead to more business.
29 min
[Recast] What Meeting Planners Really Want with...
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 to 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
Recalculating and Refining Your Message with Ka...
When was the last time you took a moment to pause and reflect on your message? Are you still sharing the same stories and messages and with the same slide deck and presentation techniques? Is this leading to you feeling uninspired by your own platform? This week on Speakernomics we invited Karen Jacobsen to the program to encourage you take a moment to pause, think about your business, and refine it into a business that you can find exciting again.
25 min
How to Leverage Social Media For Your Speaking ...
Does the idea of downloading Tik Tok stress you out? Are you overwhelmed trying to come up with new content to post on your social accounts, or wonder if it’s even worth the effort? On this week’s episode of Speakernomics, we’re here to make social media easy. We invited social media pro LaShaundra McCarty to share her best advice on making the most of social media platforms as a busy speaker and how it can actually help you get found and get booked.
28 min
Generate More Revenue with Big, Back-End Produc...
Are you spending all of your time working from gig to gig, or do you have a strategic structure in place to use speaking as a funnel into your other products and services? If you don’t have a plan behind getting to your next speaking engagement, this episode is for you. This week on Speakernomics we invited Michelle Villalobos, CSP, to share her philosophy on creating a big, back-end business where speaking is just the first step in a long-term relationship.
26 min
Make Your Presentations More Inclusive with Don...
One in four of your audience members are experiencing some form of disability. What are you doing to ensure that you’re spreading your message to everyone in the audience, and not leaving some individuals unable to get the full impact of your presentation? This week on Speakernomics, we invited Donna Mack to the program to discuss how you modify your presentations to include audience members with disabilities
23 min
Online Presentations with Robbie Samuels
Are you still giving online presentations? Whether we like it or not, virtual presentations and meetings have become more common and accepted. While face-to-face meetings might be ideal, you’re bound to find yourself delivering virtually even as live meetings return. This week on Speakernomics, we invited Robbie Samuels who successfully rebuilt his business during 2020 to maximize on virtual presentations and networking to share simple things you can do to elevate your virtual performances.
29 min