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The speaking industry is constantly evolving. Listen weekly for voices of experience in the speaking industry sharing tips, insights and, expertise to help you become a better speaker, build a better business, and get paid to speak.


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The speaking industry is constantly evolving. Listen weekly for voices of experience in the speaking industry sharing tips, insights and, expertise to help you become a better speaker, build a better business, and get paid to speak.




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Licensing your IP to Corporations

A few weeks ago, we talked about building your online courses. Once you've built a powerful course, what comes next; how can you use that course to spread your message and easily (and sustainably) bring in additional revenue? By licensing your content to corporations! This week we invited Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE, to share how you can easily start licensing your content to your corporate clients and begin to bring in easy, sustainable revenue, something he calls "printing money legally." Key...


Change Models with Chris West

You might be losing money because of the way you're describing your message to your clients. Are you only providing a summary of your talking points, or are you describing the problem you solve, the process you take the solve it and the outcome? In this episode, we have Chris West who shares how you can grow your business and bring in more money by starting your day with a good routine and more effectively sharing how you bring positive change to your clients. Key Takeaways: Develop a...


Own the Square with Mike Carr

We've all heard that people are tired of virtual meetings. Here's a hot take: Audiences aren't tired of virtual meetings, they're tired of bad virtual meetings. Now we're not suggesting that every speaker build a multi-camera studio for every presentation, but there are techniques you can use and experiment with to create more visually interesting virtual presentations. In this episode, we talk to Mike Carr who is the 2020 Toastmasters Champion of Public Speaking. When the competition turned...


Focus Your Business with Sylvia Henderson

Are you focused on getting the next speaking engagement, or are you focused on running a successful business with speaking as a product or service that you offer? Let's be candid: Only one of these methods is sustainable. In this episode Sylvia Henderson, MBA, will share how she evolved her business from keynote speaking to using speaking as a way to create long-term, sustainable business contracts, and how to focus your time and effort to see massive growth in your business. Key Takeaways:...


Meetings & Events in 2021 with Deborah Gardner, CMP

As we're starting to see meetings return in some shape or form in 2021, what can you expect to see as a professional speaker? Are you prepared to work and speak under with the rebounding industry? In this episode, we're talking to Deborah Gardner, CMP, who has over 30 years of experience in the meetings and hospitality industry. During the interview, she shares what we can expect from during in-person, hybrid and virtual meetings moving forward and how you can better work with meetings...


Off-Stage Revenue with Shep Hyken

If COVID-19 has taught us anything as professional speakers it's that we need to make sure we have multiple ways of sharing our expertise and earning an income without traveling or speaking on a stage. What are your additional revenue streams? Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE, has seven. On this episode of Speakernomics, Shep will discuss his seven income streams and how they help make sure he always sees an income, plus the easiest place to start to create more revenue opportunities for you: creating...


New year. New Podcast. New Focus

The longest year ever is almost over. As we all start to finalize our goals and plans for 2021, NSA has a lot of exciting plans to ensure that we can better serve our members and the speaking industry. This week, on Crystal's final episode as the VOE host, we have Thom Singer, CSP, in the virtual studio discussing NSA's newest podcast, Speakernomics, and Barry Banther, CSP, CPAE, sharing exciting changes happening at NSA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Get Paid as an Influencer

Do you want to make money with resources you already have available? Of course you do! Many different companies are willing to pay experts – like you – to get access to your communities to share their message, product, or service. This week we have Brandon Farbstein on the show, a Gen-Z Activist and influencer who will share how you can start bringing in money as a an influencer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Dress for In-Person & Virtual Speaking

Are you still rocking that work-from-home uniform of a nice top and PJ bottoms? No judgement here we sometimes (often) do that too. But with some in-person events slated to return in 2021 or more virtual events being planned, are you dressing in a way that reflects your brand and professionalism? Listen in this week as Charlene Lawson, PHD, shares her secret tips to make sure you dress well and reflect your best self online and on stage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Leveraging Virtual Assistants

Have you ever considered hiring a virtual assistant to help you with your day-to-day tasks of running your own speaking business? If you're on the fence about hiring someone, this episode is for you. Hathaway Rabette, a business development manager and consultant, is on the show explaining how you can leverage virtual assistants to help you run a successful business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


How to Shift an Event to Virtual

While some in-person events have returned, it seems that virtual meetings may still be the norm for a little while longer. Are you looking at how to shift your in-person event to a powerful virtual experience? This week, NSA's immediate past president Anna Liotta, CSP, explains how she and NSA team turned its annual conference INFLUENCE into a three-month experience delivering value that was worth the price of admission in each session. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


An Event Producer's Perspective

We've heard how speakers are adapting to virtual events, but what are event planners and producers looking for when hiring and working with speakers? This week, Kenneth Piner, a director at FINRA's corporate communication team, is with us this week to share his experience working with virtual speakers, what tech you absolutely need to have to succeed, and some common mistakes you can avoid to make sure you look like a pro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Your Speaking Foundation

Do you and your speaking business have a firm foundation? Being grounded in a purpose allows individuals and businesses to avoid straying from goals during challenging times…like right now. This week, we have one of NSA's founding members and a past president, Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE, whose business is still thriving 47 years later to discuss how speakers can ensure they remain grounded and build long-lasting, successful businesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Breaking In

Are you ready to start filling your 2021 calendar? With many companies beginning to plan their events, meetings, and trainings for 2021, it's time for you to start reaching out. This week, we have three experts, Mark Hunter, CSP, Angelique Rewers, and Meridith Elliot Powell, MBA, CSP, sharing quick insights into connecting with the true decision makers at companies, building a strong foothold in the corporate market, and ensuring you make the most of your follow up communications. Learn more...


Find Opportunity in Negativity

We all face huge challenges, rejection, missed opportunities, and just all around bad days. It's easy to let these negative experiences ruin your momentum in your business. This week, Dr. Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE, shares how he turned getting replaced by a karaoke machine into a successful speaking business, along with some tips to change your mindset so you too can find the opportunity in negativity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


On Demand Speaking Resources

Are you taking advantage of everything NSA has to offer its members? Are you curious how NSA can help you grow your speaking business even if you're not a member? Check out this week's episode as our host, Crystal Washington, CSP, shares many of the resources that are available whenever you're looking for new ideas and inspiration, or trying to resolve your business challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Courageous Conversations

We're living in a quickly changing world with many conversations occurring in the business world that might make us uncomfortable. Are you prepared to talk about difficult topics? This week, Denise Hamilton, an inclusion strategist with over 25 years of executive experience in corporate America, is sharing her thoughts and tactics on having courageous conversations and how you as a professional speaker can stay ahead of the curve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


No Stress Virtual Presentations

Are you still overwhelmed by virtual presentations? Switching to new technology and methods is stressful even when we're not switching out of necessity. It's time for us to address our stress and start getting more comfortable with virtual presentations. This week, guest host Robbie Samuels interviews our host Crystal Washington, CSP, on the differences between technology and technique when it comes to virtual and what tools you actually need to deliver amazing virtual presentations (it's...


Be Resilient!

How are you feeling right now? How are you handling (or being handled by) a rapidly shifting world? This week, we're not talking about stage tips, business tools or products; we're focusing on the most important aspect of your business: you. Join our guest Elisa Hays, CSP, as she shares her expertise on staying grounded and taking time for yourself right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices