In part 1 of this 3 part episode, we focus on what the speaking industry actually is (I had never heard of it until I stumbled across it in an online job posting). Is it real? Is it a scam? Are there people who make a living as a “speaker”? If so, how? What are the requirements? Is a degree required?
First, the speaking industry is one of the joys of my professional life. I am grateful that I was able to enter it and that I have been able to serve clients around the world while growing as a speaking professional and as a person. I have won awards, given hundreds of clients thousands of hours of speaking events and I have worked in the US, Canada, South Africa, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Mexico (just to name a few locations).
Secondly, the Professional Speaking industry is real. The show “60 Minutes” did a report on it several years ago. The largest industry group is the National Speakers Association (NSA). Most of the reputable [...]