A. Nope. We just include that in the speaking fee. It’s easier for everyone that way. You don’t have to worry about getting stuck with a bill for a $1000 flight, and I can go for a nice dinner if I want to without feeling guilty. Best of all, neither of us have to deal with the headache of receipts. And for my US clients, brining me in from my base in Canada isn’t any more expensive than bringing in a speaker from Boston or NYC.
A. I speak at a range of different events: middle school assemblies, high school assemblies, college events, student leadership conferences, health conferences, teacher professional development days, and educator conferences. I also do corporate events. In fact, a great way to get my presentation paid for at your school is to partner with a local corporation. I can speak to your school in the morning and the company in the afternoon and the company can cover the tab 🙂
A. Completely by accident. I was invited to be the keynote speaker at a local high school’s graduation. I had a 10 minute slot. I was happy to help out though I had no idea what I’d say. After working on the speech for weeks, I had my “big moment”. The speech went well and many had kind comments, but one would change my life. The father of one of the graduates approached me afterward and asked for my business card. When I said I didn’t have one, he didn’t understand. He thought I was a professional speaker and told me his company hired people to do what I had just done all the time. LIGHTBULB moment! From that day I began to build my speaking career.
A. Speak. That’s it. Speak a LOT. Wherever anyone will listen. That, and do it for that right reasons. You have to have an honest desire to help other people. Start with places where they let people speak for free (service clubs, elementary schools etc. Then, when you’re ready, start sharing a little. If you are REALLY serious about becoming a full-time speaker.
A. The opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life. When someone comes up to me after a speech and shared how much it has touched them, made them think differently etc. THAT is what it’s all about.
A. Being away from my family. I love spending time with my wife and kids and being on the road means I can go days and sometimes weeks without seeing them. The good thing is, that I get summers off and my wife is a teacher so we get to spend every summer together.
A. Time, encouraging mentors, counseling, prayer, a shift in perspective, realizing that I could turn my problems into opportunities and use them to help other who have their own obstacles. We were all created for a purpose and I finally realized mine.