Public Speaking: The Money is There!

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Public Speaking: The Money is There! by Orly Amor{3:06 minutes to read} About 5 years ago, I was at a conference and ran into a couple of public speaker colleagues. As we chatted, I mentioned that I had been paid for my speech. “You got paid? How did you do that?

What many speakers don’t realize is that they can make good money giving their talks. The question is, are they willing to do the work?

The money is there: Public speaking is a $100B industry, so why shouldn’t you grab your part of it? Only 1% of public speakers are making good money.

The money is there: For years, I used to say that the Minimum Wage in Public Speaking is $150k a year and my colleagues and other public speakers were laughing at me, saying “What? Are you crazy? You know we barely make $50k. Some of us $70k, sometimes $100k if we are lucky. $150k a year? You are out of your mind!

Different speakers at different times told me these same things. And then, in June 2017, the National Speakers Association (NSA) came out with an article that says the average public speaker makes $177,000 a year.

The money is there: In America, there are 64,000 events a day that feature paid public speakers. It takes commitment and work to build that career, and a good coach to show you the way.

I am really changing the narrative when it comes to how to:

– Get hired as a public speaker;

– Find speaking gigs; and

– Make the money.

But if you think it’s going to be easy and fast, think again. This is a relationship-based business where you need to build rapport. When people don’t even know who you are, how do you expect them to hire you? Do you know what to say, when to say it and what questions to ask? That is what I mean by changing the narrative. You do not leave the womb knowing how to run. You need to start with baby steps to get this business right and when you do, I guarantee the money will come.

Every business needs a business plan but business plans can change throughout the course of the business. What I’m talking about is having a business model, which is the key to the business of public speaking. We will look at business models in our next blog.

Many people can teach you content and delivery. I can teach you how to make the money.


Orly Amor


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