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The Myth of Being Discovered

Almost everyone has heard the “rags to riches” urban myths and legends about how big-name Hollywood stars got “discovered” —  literally picked out of a crowd in some random place, purely thanks to a chance encounter. True serendipity....
Up From The Ashes

Up From The Ashes

On rising up from the ashes: When you first make a leap without a net, all you can think of at first is, “Holy sh*t! What if I fail?” Then you instantly realize that this is the crucial moment where you have to make the most important choice of your life:...
When It’s Do-Or-Die

When It’s Do-Or-Die

My business & life changed when I left my job at the speakers’ bureau, because it was do-or-die. Instead of following the traditional bureau model, I joined forces with two thought leaders to work together independently, to help them grow the speaking part...

Nothing Is Worse Than Waiting or Chasing

There’s a Russian proverb that says: “Ху́же нет — ждать да догоня́ть.” The translation means, “Nothing is worse than waiting or chasing.” This goes equally for someone who’s wanting to get started speaking, and also for...

A Common Mistaken Assumption About the Industry

Before the end of the year, I wanted to help you set the record straight on a very commonly-held (and mistaken) assumption about the speaking industry. I often hear a lot of new speakers say, “I want to find a speakers’ bureau to represent me.”...
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