Breakout Sessions

March 16, 2011 by  
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One of the best ways to increase your revenue as an author is through speaking. There are many ways to speak as an author and one of my favorites is to be a breakout session leader at conventions.

One of the websites I use to find potential speaking engagements is Trade Show National Network. Once you fill out your profile, you can get information about expos and conventions as far as two years in advance.

The sessions usually require about an hour to 90 minutes and they typically pay between $3,500 and $7,500. You will be able to attend the entire expo and meet the attendees by attending other breakout sessions.

It is one of the easiest speaking engagements because it takes so little time.

When you approach a trade show organizer, you’ll want to have a topic that is in line with their event. It must add great content to their line up of speakers.

It might be more difficult to break into the expo and convention arena, but it is well worth the effort.

The first thing you want to do is make sure you have a website or blog promoting your name as a speaker. Make the site specific to your expertise and notoriety as a speaker.

When you approach the event planner, don’t leave a voice mail, keep calling until you reach them live. They typically do not return calls until they know who you are.

Look to see who might already be booked as a speaker and try to contact them to see if they can offer any insights on presenting to the event coordinator.

Keep trying! It will be well worth your effort.

Attending Speaker’s Events

November 3, 2010 by  
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I’ll be attending an event in Los Angeles next week for Speakers. So, why would I write about a speaker’s event at an Author’s blog?
All authors become speakers if they are to become successful.
Being a speaker is one of the top requirements of an author. Whether it is to speak to a small group of ten or eventually ten thousand, speaking is the core foundation of an author’s exposure to new audiences. The most popular and financially rewarding activity for an author is to speak to groups of targeted audiences.
I love to attend speaker’s groups because the event offers concepts which are often inspirational and are productive and profitable. The people I meet at the events are most often the type of people I truly enjoy being with. Speaker’s generally see much more potential in the world than those who are not speakers.
I try to attend at least three or four events outside of the Bay Area every year and at least one needs to be a speaker’s event and another an author’s event. I have the greatest respect for the speakers and authors of the world. They are willing to put their passions to the test. They will stand for their principals. And when I attend events where authors and speakers are the primary audience, I am inspired by their stories and the paths they have taken to get where they have arrived.

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