It’s not easy to find paid speaking gigs. A lot of events don’t have a big budget to pay speakers. Most want speakers to share their knowledge/expertise for exposure and the chance to get clients from the audience.
When you’re starting out, that makes sense. You can get video of yourself speaking (for your website) and develop the experience that makes you a better speaker. You can even lock in a few clients. After you’ve been in the speaking industry for a while, it’s not a great strategy–in my opinion.
You can get fantastic at selling from the stage and make killer money that covers you speaking for free. BUT, what if you could have it both ways? (Don’t worry, I’m not going to sell you anything in this post) The reality is that there are too many events that pay speakers AND let them sell from the stage. Why wouldn’t you want to get compensated and have all the extra sales be the cherry on your cake? There are events all over the world that will pay you a fee, cover your travel expenses, and let you sell your books and programs.
There’s an industry that speakers often overlook. It’s an industry that pays well and will let you sell. One of the most profitable industries to book paid speaking gigs is the MLM/Network marketing industry and their events. MLM/Network marketing and personal development/digital marketing/fitness/a bunch of other topics, go together well.
Big distributors/events like to buy books in bulk and hire speakers to give great content to their distributors. I’ve had several large bulk orders of my book from these large distributors. I’ve spoken at several MLM/Network marketing events on the topic of digital marketing. I was paid $10K each time and had my travel covered. Read more ›