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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Professional Speaker by Thomas A. Lisk

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Chapter 1
Professionally Speaking…
In This Chapter
• The difference between amateur and professional speakers
• What can speakers earn?
• Every topic is fair game for speakers!
• How speaking for free benefits you
Empowering yourself to start and continue your speaking career is every bit as important as learning all of the A-to-Z facts about the business of speaking. I have invested over 30 years as a speaker and as someone who books other speakers. During those 30 years, I have wanted to quit many times. Although I have had some great successes, I have often felt undervalued, not fully appreciated, and as though I were on my way out (when I didn’t have as many upcoming bookings for speeches, seminars, or workshops as I would have liked, for example). ...

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