When I left my job in February of 2020, I was committed to turning my occasional speaking into a business and my main career. Right after I returned from giving a keynote in Cancun in early March, COVID-19 hit and all my foreseeable events had been cancelled or postponed.
This led me to helping co-produce SpeakAid 2020 with Dan Pontefract, where I heard from 40 speakers about how this pandemic was impacting their business. It was fascinating to me that with all the books, courses and podcasts I had listened to about becoming a speaker, many didn’t discuss the different business models and products/services that go along with speaking. It gave me an idea that if others weren’t sharing this information, and I was looking for it, others would be too.
It reminded me of when I started My Community Manager, for much the same reason years ago, and spurred the idea to start a community of speakers to learn, share and grow their businesses. I launched this website and decided to do what I love, which is record live video conversations with professional speakers and learn about their business to be able to share with others who may be looking to get into speaking or have been in speaking but are realizing how they need to diversify their business.
If you are a professional speaker and interested, you can schedule a time to record on Zoom with me here: