I’m Mark S.A. Smith. I’ve been a professional speaker since 1989 when I started my first publishing and training company. I average more than 60 speeches or training events a year.
Often, people ask me about becoming a professional speaker, or more frequently put, “I want to do what you do.” Over the years, I’ve accumulated resources and made recordings about how to do this based on my experience and observing the industry for best practices.
I’ll use this blog to post those resources and update you with ideas that I find useful. I’m always interested in your ideas, thoughts and questions.
Prosperous and happy speaking!
To kick things off, here’s a recording I made 15 years ago advising two insurance agents how to speak at local events to find new customers and get lots of practice.
I’ve included the forms that I used to book the speeches and follow up after the event. This can seriously short cut the time needed to get going. In fact, if you follow these ideas, you can be speaking in a couple of weeks.
Let me know how this works for you and enjoy it!