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Grant Baldwin from The Speaker Lab podcast will be sharing speaking business tactics, tips, and strategies from his own experience, case studies, and interviewing the experts. Whether you're just getting started trying to get your first booking or you're a veteran speaker looking to build and grow your business, this is for you. Grant has built a multiple six-figure per year business as a speaker having presented to over 500,000 people in over 450 paid speaking gigs. We'll talk about speaker marketing, working with speaker bureaus and agents, building your platform, negotiating fees, social media marketing, networking, storytelling, humor, operating the business and so much more!
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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 25, 2016

On today's episode of The Speaker Lab, I'm sitting down with accomplished author and speaker Dan Miller to talk about his personal business model and his other endeavors, and of course his speaking career.

Dan offers his sage-like advice on how to decide which audience will respond your message the best, and also how he made the transition from speaking as an "extra" in his business to speaking professionally.

Listen in to hear all of that and so much more on this episode of The Speaker Lab!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How you can find your core message.
  • How can you decide where to go to speak?
  • Dan's journey to becoming a professional speaker.
  • Can speaking for free help you?
  • How can you use resources to your advantage?
  • Which should come first- the products or the speaking?
  • The importance of having stories in your speaking.
  • Dan's "it can't be worse than this" stories!
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 23, 2016

One thing all great speakers do, whatever their topic or their audience, is practice. They practice, practice and practice more. They rehearse their speech from start to finish many times, they never just wing it on stage. What often makes a great speaker so great is their commitment to practice.

And that's why I'm spending this entire show to talk about practice and rehearsal. I'll be covering how much to practice, how to properly rehearse and what sort of process to use when as you are practicing for your next speaking engagement.

Listen in for those topics and much more on episode 17 of The Speaker Lab.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • Why doing this one thing can help calm your nerves.
  • What athletes can teach us about the necessity of practice.
  • Should you manuscript your entire talk?
  • Why you shouldn't memorize your speech.
  • Why recording yourself is an effective tactic to create a great speech.
  • How many times should you go through your talk? 
  • Should you stop if you make a mistake while rehearsing?
  • How to choose the people you practice in front of.
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 18, 2016

 If there’s one thing every speaker faces before a speaking gig it is the possibility of nerves, and how to deal with those nerves. Ask any seasoned veteran of the public speaking world and they’ll tell you they have received all sorts of advice, some of it good and some of it not as good.

Because there’s so much misinformation out there about how to deal with nerves I’m devoting today’s episode to that very topic.

On today's episode of The Speaker Lab, we’ll be covering that and much more!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • What is the most common misconception about speakers getting nervous?
  • How can the same talk be different each time?
  • What you can do to focus your fear.
  • Does nervousness ever go away?
  • How practicing your content can calm your nerves.
  • Why it's important to put yourself in real situations.
  • How to relax and enjoy yourself!
  • Why does the audience imitate you?
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 16, 2016

When you're thinking of what subject to speak on remember that topic will change over time. In the course of your career your topic will even change a few times, it will evolve as you evolve as a professional speaker.

A great reminder of this is Chris Ducker, our guest on this episode. If you don't know him Chris is a best-selling author, multi-successful entrepreneur and in-demand speaker who has given presentations and keynotes around the globe.

Chris started speaking almost by accident (a story he shares today), and over the years he has evolved his speaking gigs to reflect his entrepreneurial journey. Today he shares why he's pivoted along the way, and how he's done it. You'll hear all of that and much more on this episode of The Speaker Lab!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • Does Chris still get nervous before his gigs?
  • The one trick he uses before going on stage to be calm and collected.
  • How did Hong Kong cinema lead to Chris' first speaking gig?
  • When did his speaking career truly take off?
  • Who was in the audience during his first speaking gig for the online world?
  • How he has narrowed down his speaking topic over the years.
  • What does he look for when hiring a speaker for his event?
  • Chris shares his "couldn't be worse than this" moment!
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 11, 2016

Once you've decided you want to speak and you have an idea of what you want to speak about, how do you actually create your talk?

And what makes a talk good versus another talk? I'm answering all of those questions on this show. I'll walk you through the process I use to create a great talk from idea to completion. I'll also explain why each step in the process is important and why it can help you when creating your next (or your first!) speech.

We cover all of that and much more on episode 14 of The Speaker Lab.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • There are two key questions your audience is asking: what are they?
  • Why having a single idea makes your preparation easier and your talk better.
  • What are the types of structures you can use to organize your content?
  • When to create an outline and why it's useful.
  • Why I recommend never "winging it" with your talk.
  • When and why you should manuscript your entire speech.
  • What is the rhythm I follow in my speeches, and how can you follow it?
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 9, 2016

On today's episode of The Speaker Lab, I'm breaking down the top speaking tips from some of the most influential speakers in the business. You'll hear tactics and tools from such greats as Michael Port, Matthew Kimberley, Dorie Clark and John Lee Dumas to name a few.

There's so much valuable content in this show I created a special PDF of all the tips so you have a visual aid to remember all of them!

After listening to the episode be sure to download the PDF from the Resources section below. But first sit back and enjoy episode 13 of The Speaker Lab.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • Why should you begin with the end in mind?
  • How to keep your speeches focused on your audience.
  • How can you utilize modules in your speaking?
  • How can listening to your talk help you rehearse?
  • The insider strategies and tips for being confident as a speaker.
  • What you can do to make your stories stick.
  • How can you effectively interact with your audience?
  • What you need to know before and during an event about time management.
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 4, 2016

For many of us the first thing we think of when giving a speech is giving a keynote. But there are plenty of other speaking formats that are in demand and are lucrative ways to create a successful speaking career.

Brian Walter is a shining example of this. He is someone who is highly in-demand for his non-traditional approach to speaking, and he's here to talk about it.

Today he shares the origins and progression of his speaking career, how his Extreme Meetings business began and how you can learn from his experiences. It’s all here on this episode of The Speaker Lab!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How being his fraternity's secretary at UCLA led to his speaking career.
  • What are platform skills?
  • What is the "I" disease?
  • How to use humor in a speech, and reduce the risks associated with it.
  • His three year journey to find his expertise, and why it's important to you.
  • Why did he get involved with the National Speakers Association?
  • What are the differences between the NSA and speaking bureaus?
  • What are the two reasons most people join the NSA?
  • And much, much more!

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Feb 2, 2016

Whether you're starting out as a speaker or want to gain more traction or simply grow to the next level of your speaking career you are in the right place!

The Speaker Lab is a show dedicated to helping your speaking career become whatever you want it to be. And today's edition is one of my favorite types of shows to bring you: the Q&A.

Listen in to hear my recommendations on fully tapping into the Internet and social media to land more speaking gigs on this episode of The Speaker Lab!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • What's a not-so-effective way to get a speaking engagement?
  • The three foundational questions: what are they and why are they important to your career?
  • Your audience vs. the decision-maker: are they the same? What to do if they are not.
  • What's one of the ways I recommend using social media to land speaking gigs?
  • What information is imperative to have in your social media profiles?
  • What are the advantages of doing paid advertising online?
  • What is PPC and how do you use it to advance your speaking career?
  • How to choose which form of paid advertising to invest in.
  • And much, much more!

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