Chapter 2

Making a Living as a Professional Speaker


  • What defines a professional speaker
  • Why creating a niche is important to your speaking career
  • Tips and tools for striking it rich as a speaker


There are hundreds of thousands of so-called professional speakers out there, but only a few thousand of us actually make a living at it. When I say make a living, I mean without holding down a day job or working the swing shift to make being called a professional speaker a reality.

How do you define professional speaker? A politician gives speeches. A flight attendant makes speeches about safety at 30,000 feet. Your server in ...

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