Chapter 12

The Life of the Professional Speaker


  • Anne’s rules for delivering a great speech
  • Set your and your client’s expectations
  • Guidance on giving spontaneous speeches


The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts to work the minute you are born and never stops until you get up to speak in public.

—John Mason Brown, Literary Critic

At the start of this book, I told you that this business was often a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I think it’s important to remind you of that message. Although the road to becoming a professional speaker and trainer may not always be an easy one, I can promise you that it is an adventurous ...

Get Speak for a Living: The Insider's Guide to Building a Speaking Career now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.