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The Speaker Lab

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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Feb 28, 2017

Buckle up buttercups! We've got our sassy friend back in the saddle with us today: Ms. Carrie Wilkerson and she is in rare form on episode 122 of the Speaker Lab. If you missed her previous visit to the show you can listen in here.

I wanted Carrie to return to the show because she's proven how to turn one speaking gig into many, and I wanted her to share that with you. Specifically on this show she will explain how she creates and structures valuable long-term offerings for her clients, and how she turns those offerings into a consistent monthly revenue stream.

This is one episode you don't want to miss! Get out your pen and paper and get ready for some actionable insights from the one and only Carrie Wilkerson on episode 122 of The Speaker Lab.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:   

  • What is the "hit and run" approach and why doesn't Carrie like it?
  • What questions does she ask to create a 100% closing rate?
  • At what point does she pitch a package deal to clients?
  • Why serving first is the best approach, and how to do it properly.
  • What are the magic words to use when offering a long-term arrangement?
  • How to add value without offering a discount.
  • What are some of the industries where this works, and where it might not?
  • What does she do to land more referrals?
  • And so much more!

 

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Feb 21, 2017

Would you struggle for five years as a speaker if you knew it was going to pay off? Would you be willing to travel 220 days a year if that's what it took to one day share the stage with Simon Sinek and Gary Vaynerchuk? That's exactly what our guest for episode 121 of The Speaker Lab has done and continues to do presently.

John Spence spends anywhere from 170 to 220 days a year giving speeches around the world. He speaks on leadership, high performance teams, culture, strategy, strategic thinking, and business excellence, and has been for 23 years.

His speeches are never canned, each one is unique. That coupled with the tremendous value he brings to every speaking engagement has allowed him to build a business that is based almost entirely on referrals. Today he outlines his strategic approach to generating repeat business and referrals, how he got through the struggle of his first five years and why he enjoys being a road warrior.

On this edition of The Speaker Lab, you'll also hear how he helps charities rather than giving free speeches. Listen in for that and more from the one and only John Spence.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:   

  • What is the one question he asks all of his clients?
  • How does he create a unique topic for every speaking engagement?
  • The three ways he differentiates himself as a speaker.
  • How much of his business has been word of mouth?
  • Does he get nervous when he goes on stage?
  • How long does he talk with each potential client before working with them?
  • Why he refuses to sell from the stage.
  • How he got his foot in the door with companies like Mayo Clinic, Merrill Lynch, and Allstate.
  • And so much more!

 

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Feb 14, 2017

What makes a speech a memorable one? Our guest for today knows! He says there are 5 keys you must include to make your speech memorable. Joining us for episode 120 is our repeat visitor and friend, Hugh Culver.

He was previously here for episode 10, which feels like an eternity ago! If you missed his first visit, Hugh is an adventurer turned speaker. He started out in the adventure travel industry and later became a speaker. For the last dozen years or so, he's been speaking to corporate audiences about productivity.

On today's show, Hugh tells us about the 5 things he's learned along the way that are needed to give a memorable speech. They are: solve a problem, warm up the audience, make the audience work, teach with stories and make your speech about them. Listen in for that and more on episode 119 of The Speaker Lab!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:   

  • Why is your speech your best marketing tool?
  • What type of speeches don't pay and how can you avoid giving them?
  • What are the variables that go into making a good presentation?
  • Why it's okay to speak on a competitive topic.
  • Two tricks to find out what topics people are being paid to speak about.
  • The three phases of warming up an audience.
  • Why should you make your audience work during your speech?
  • What does it mean to be "situationally extroverted" and why does it matter?
  • The quick check to ensure you are making your speech about your audience.
  • And so much more!

 

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Feb 7, 2017

If you built several successful businesses and sold them, what would you do next? Would you write books and become a speaker? That's what our guest for today's episode of The Speaker Lab has done!

Mike Michalowicz (listen in and he'll help you pronounce his name) is a well-known international speaker and best-selling author who made a lot of money in previous endeavors, and started over as a speaker and author.

On episode 119 of The Speaker Lab, he shares why he has gone down this particular road and several hacks that have helped him continue to level up his success. We also discuss  how to pronounce his name and why his web site makes fun of the various mispronunciations he's heard over the years, how much of his time is devoted to speaking versus writing and so much more on today's show!

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:   

  • What is a domain name hack you can use if your name is hard to spell and pronounce?
  • What should you do with your biggest weakness?
  • Why he became an author and speaker when he started over.
  • What are the strongest domains and how can you get backlinks from them?
  • Where do you get the best practice as a speaker?
  • How he made the transition from college speaker to the corporate realm.
  • How did he nearly double his speaking frequency?
  • What introduction did Simon Sinek make for Mike?
  • What is realistic and unrealistic to expect when working with an agent or an agency?
  • And so much more!

 

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