39: The Strategically Free Speaker: 3 Ways to Position Yourself for Paid Gigs

April 16, 2024

39: The Strategically Free Speaker: 3 Ways to Position Yourself for Paid Gigs

Jacqueline addresses the common question of how to transition from speaking for free to getting paid as a speaker.

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Would you like to earn more from speaking? After all, isn’t this the end goal of practically every speaker?

In this episode of Speaker Driven Business, Jacqueline addresses the common question of how to transition from speaking for free to getting paid as a speaker. She shares eye-opening examples of speakers who appear successful but aren’t actually making much money from speaking. Jacqueline emphasises the importance of positioning yourself for paid speaking opportunities, even when doing free gigs early on.

She outlines three key strategies for being strategically free as a speaker – emphasising being strategic about free speaking right from the start to avoid devaluing yourself and struggling to transition to paid gigs later on. The secret lies in establishing your worth as a paid speaker from the minute you start to tell the world “I am a Speaker”.

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The most common question circulating throughout the speaking community: How to get paid to speak? (00:15)
  • Does the ordeal of constantly speaking for free resonate with you? (01:01)
  • Two speaking perspectives: Make money FROM speaking and make money THROUGH speaking (02:46)
  • Questions to ask yourself to determine your profitability as a speaker (05:49)
  • An eye-opening story about the danger of not being able to break out from speaking for free (07:00)
  • Strategy #1: The free rolling start (09:15)
  • Strategy #2: Your free speaking as a finite resource (11:06)
  • Strategy #3: The philanthropic free (12:14)

QUOTES

“Here’s a brutal truth — No matter your end goal, to make money from or through speaking, all of us have to start speaking somewhere and it is often for free.” – Jacqueline Nagle

“I am very clear on my boundaries of what I will and won’t charge for and when I will speak for free. Set that up from the start and you will never, ever regret it.” – Jacqueline Nagle

RESOURCES

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WHERE TO FIND JACQUELINE NAGLE

To connect and learn more about creating a Speaker Driven Business connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn. You can also follow Jacqueline on Instagram.