There Are No Seasons in Public Speaking

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There are no Seasons in Public Speaking by Orly Amor{3:30 minutes to read}  If you are anything like me, you are tired of hearing “…after the holidays” or “…after the New Year” from potential clients. In my head, I am always intrigued by that, wondering:

Do people just stop working between Halloween and January 2nd or during the summer after July 4th?”

And then another thought comes to mind:

Do people not make money and/or pay their bills during those seasons?

In Public Speaking there are no seasons.

One of my clients, Joe, who had hired me at the end of April, was so excited about the process and what he learned that he completed the program within 6 weeks. (The program is 12 sessions not 12 weeks, so I encourage my clients to go as fast or as slow as they like.)

At the beginning of June, he called to let me know that he was going on vacation with his family for a week and would resume when he got back. Once he was back, he called to let me know that he would begin contacting event planners after the summer, because most people are on vacation and he would probably have no luck in booking gigs.

I said very firmly, “Joe, there are no seasons in Public Speaking and since my contract guarantees you will make $150K-$200K your first year, you can’t take the summer off.”

He responded, “So I better get to work then?” I said “Yes.”

Toward the end of July, I got a call from Joe. “Orly, I am so excited. You will never believe what happened. I have emailed and called over 729 places so far and got 298 responses. I already have three bookings for the end of August and a couple for September. I am now getting 10-15 responses a day.

I simply said, “And you wanted to take off for the summer.” He replied “I know, right? Boy, was I wrong. I get it now, and back to work I go.”

For you, the reader, let me ask you this: If you had a store would you close it during the holidays or the summer because most people are out of town? I bet the answer to that is NO. So why would the business of Public Speaking be any different?

As I said before, there are two reasons why Public Speakers are broke or making less than $100K a year:

– They don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t know how this business works and we can’t blame them for that.

– They are lazy and just don’t want to do the work.

My suggestion is to learn this business like any business and give it 100% of your time and focus for a full year. That is 365 days. After that you will really be able to take off whenever you want, no matter what the season.

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year. I wish for you what you wish for yourself and more. Health, happiness and lots of Speaking Gigs in 2019!


Orly Amor

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