The Successful Speaker

Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform

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Do you have a message you want to get out into the world?

Have you ever dreamed of speaking for a living?

Is there something you have to say, but you just aren't sure what to do next?

The Successful Speaker is a proven, easy-to-follow guide to helping you do just that.

Whether you want to speak at your next board meeting or community gathering, start making some extra money on the side, or become a full-time professional speaker, Grant Baldwin knows how to get you from here to there. Why? Because he's done it himself and has coached over two thousand speakers.

In The Successful Speaker, you will learn the five-step roadmap to starting and scaling a speaking business from the ground up, including

· how to hone your message and know exactly who it's for
· the preparation process to help your next speech move an audience to action
· what it takes to establish yourself as an in-demand expert
· practical steps to finding and booking paid speaking gigs
· how to know when it's time to grow your impact and income

In each chapter, you will get specific action steps and case studies from professional speakers (including some of the most successful communicators in the world) to put you on the fast track to booking gigs, getting paid, and building your speaking platform.


"When people ask me questions about booking more gigs, I always tell them, 'Look up Grant Baldwin. He's a genius!' Now, with this fantastic book, I can say instead, 'Have you read The Successful Speaker?' If you've got some questions about what it takes to be a consistently booked speaker, read this book, get ready to underline like crazy, and then do the steps Grant teaches."--Jon Acuff, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

"Grant Baldwin reveals many invisible but real struggles that are in the background of the public speaker on the stage: the travel, the preparation, the nerves, the hope that we will connect with people, and how to make all this effort pay the bills. For many, this will be a game-changer."--Michael HyattNew York Times bestselling author of Free to Focus

"The Successful Speaker is a guiding light in an industry that is often confusing and mysterious: public speaking. In five steps, Grant lays out a perfect plan for crafting your speech, getting booked, and making money. This book will be a breath of fresh air whether you've been toiling away for years or are still just dreaming of getting started."--Alli Worthington, speaker, business coach, and author of The Year of Living Happy

"People ask me every week how to be a successful speaker. I have given them many answers, but now I will simply tell them to read this book. The Successful Speaker is a textbook of practical information that will speed up the learning curve and, if implemented, will help you build a real business as a speaker. I highly recommend this book!"--Ty Bennett, keynote speaker and author of The Power of Storytelling

"I am asked almost daily 'How do I become a speaker and sustain a career?' My answer is easy: Grant. Grant offers real, actionable information to develop a long-term speaking career. These are not ideas; these are proven strategies that work for Grant and hundreds of his existing clients."--Shawn Hanks, CEO of Premiere Speakers Bureau


Endorsements

"When people ask me questions about booking more gigs, I always tell them, 'Look up Grant Baldwin. He's a genius!' Now, with this fantastic book, I can say instead, 'Have you read The Successful Speaker?' If you've got some questions about what it takes to be a consistently booked speaker, read this book, get ready to underline like crazy, and then do the steps Grant teaches."

Jon Acuff, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

"Grant Baldwin reveals many invisible but real struggles that are in the background of the public speaker on the stage: the travel, the preparation, the nerves, the hope that we will connect with people, and how to make all this effort pay the bills. For many, this will be a game-changer." 

Michael HyattNew York Times bestselling author of Free to Focus

"The Successful Speaker is a guiding light in an industry that is often confusing and mysterious: public speaking. In five steps, Grant lays out a perfect plan for crafting your speech, getting booked, and making money. This book will be a breath of fresh air whether you've been toiling away for years or are still just dreaming of getting started."

Alli Worthington, speaker, business coach, and author of The Year of Living Happy

"People ask me every week how to be a successful speaker. I have given them many answers, but now I will simply tell them to read this book. The Successful Speaker is a textbook of practical information that will speed up the learning curve and, if implemented, will help you build a real business as a speaker. I highly recommend this book!"

Ty Bennett, keynote speaker and author of The Power of Storytelling

"I am asked almost daily 'How do I become a speaker and sustain a career?' My answer is easy: Grant. Grant offers real, actionable information to develop a long-term speaking career. These are not ideas; these are proven strategies that work for Grant and hundreds of his existing clients."

Shawn Hanks, CEO of Premiere Speakers Bureau

"You've got a great message, you have plenty of value to share when you speak--now go get paid what you're worth. Grant and Jeff will show you how to master that part of becoming a successful speaker."

John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur

"The business of speaking can feel overwhelming when you're just getting started. Grant Baldwin and Jeff Goins have produced the most comprehensive guide I've found for identifying your core message, shaping it, and getting on stages to present it. If you want to develop a speaking career, there's no better place to start."

Todd Henry, author of Herding Tigers

"Few career paths can be as daunting as that of a professional speaker. Thankfully, Grant has given us this manual detailing what to focus on, what to ignore, and ultimately how to find success as a speaker."

Dan Miller, New York Times bestselling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

"The best roadmaps are created by those who charted their own path. Grant tells you how he did it and then guides you on your journey every step of the way."

Chris Ducker, founder of youpreneur.com

"Speaking is an incredible way to impact the masses--and leave a lasting legacy. In The Successful Speaker, Baldwin artfully breaks down the tools, strategies, and systems required to build a profitable career that serves your people and your purpose."

Nicole Walters, TV personality and CEO of Inherit Learning Company

"If you are just starting to consider a career in speaking or you have given a few speeches but want to take your efforts to the next level, this book is required reading. Baldwin outlines an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process for creating your speech, building your brand, and growing your business. If you want to be a successful speaker, this is the book for you."

Joey Coleman, award-winning keynote speaker and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Never Lose a Customer Again

"If you've ever wondered whether a career in public speaking is right for you, this book is an excellent introduction. Grant doesn't sugarcoat the work that is required, but his simple plan for finding and booking gigs is something anyone can put into practice."

Michael Port, cofounder of Heroic Public Speaking Worldwide and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Steal the Show

"I wish I had this book fifteen years ago when I started my speaking career. It would have saved me fifteen years of mistakes. Read Grant's book by today, and start doing what he teaches by yesterday."

Mike Michalowicz, author of Clockwork, Profit First, and The Pumpkin Plan

"This book is an excellent primer for anyone wondering how to get started in the world of professional speaking. Baldwin and Goins have written a concise and useful guide that will save you time and set you on your way."

Mark Sanborn, award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc.

"Being a professional speaker is a lone-wolf industry. We're all making it up as we go, learning from our own mistakes and what-ifs, and debating getting 'real' jobs every time we peek at next year's calendar. This book changes all of that. This would be the completed notebook you'd cherish if you went on the road with one hundred speakers simultaneously. Never have both the craft and the business of speaking been covered together in one book."

Scott Stratten, CPAE Hall of Fame inductee and full-time keynote speaker

"Simply put, Grant's insights on the speaking biz are a game-changer. There's a lot of clutter out there, and speakers need to focus their energy in the right places. Luckily, Grant separates the signal from the noise and shows you where to put your focus every step along the way. If you want to be a successful public speaker, listen to Grant and read this book."

Ron Tite, bestselling author, speaker, and founder of Church+State

"Giving a speech is easy. Getting paid to give a speech is much harder, which is why this book is so valuable. A must-read for every emerging speaker, it'll save you years of trial and error."

Jay Baer, Hall of Fame speaker and coauthor of Talk Triggers

"This is the manual for the total business of professional speaking. I wish this book was available when I started my career."

David Burkus, author of Friend of a Friend

"A must-read for anyone who wants to maximize their time and energy building a career as a speaker."

Tim Sanders, New York Times bestselling author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

"If you want to be a public speaker, whether as your full-time job or just as a hobby, this is the book you need, and Grant Baldwin has been there and done that. Every page offers insight, hope, and practical advice for anyone who wants to spread their message. Grant's conversational tone and years of hard-earned know-how make him the perfect guide."

Hal Elrod, international keynote speaker and bestselling author of The Miracle Morning and The Miracle Equation

"Becoming a public speaker is accessible to anyone willing to put in the work. If you want to stand out and skip the silly mistakes along the way, read this book immediately. Grant makes the journey so much easier with his five simple steps on the road to speaking success."

Amy Schmittauer Landino, public speaker, author of Vlog Like a Boss, and creator of the award-winning YouTube series AmyTV

"To create a thriving speaking career, you need two things: a captivating message and a consistent system. This book will teach you how to create both in a way that makes you stand out! This is a game-changing guide to booking more events and making a bigger impact."

Shawn Stevenson, international bestselling author of Sleep Smarter

"Finally, a great book about public speaking that tells it like it is. Grant provides the practical, roll-up-your-sleeves approach that's needed for up-and-coming speakers. He not only shows you exactly what to do but encourages you to have fun and not take yourself too seriously along the way. Grab this book now and you're sure to propel your career as a speaker."

Pat Flynn, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Will It Fly? and founder of SmartPassiveIncome.com

"Going from person with a big idea to paid speaker on a big stage feels totally overwhelming and confusing to most people. Grant breaks down his road-tested methodology in a clear and actionable manner that will get you paid gigs. This book is worth every penny, and you need to read every page."

Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work

"Good grief. I only wish I had this information when I started on my road to becoming a professional speaker ten years ago. Grant Baldwin has finally laid out a true plan and system for anyone wishing for more stages to get momentum and achieve their dreams to change the lives of others through their words. Highly recommend!"

Marcus Sheridan, full-time professional speaker

"I was hoping that Grant and Jeff would not write this book. Guys, this business is supposed to be a secret! One of the greatest ways to make a living is to speak. The problem is that everyone thinks that they can speak. Imagine saying 'I want to be brain surgeon!' You would have to go to school, study, work hard, and maybe (just maybe) you would become a doctor. For some reason, people think that speaking doesn't require any training, skill, or knowledge. It does. Especially if you want to do it well. With The Successful Speaker, you now have the manual and roadmap for how to make it happen. Speaking isn't brain surgery, but if you want to make a living at it, you need to study the skill and work at the practice as if it were. Here's where to (really) start. See you on the stage."

Mitch Joel, author of Six Pixels of Separation and Ctrl Alt Delete

"Experts these days are a dime a dozen. The credibility isn't in the teaching, the credibility is in the living. Grant Baldwin is one of the rare experts out there whose content is backed by real-world results. If you want to start, run, and grow a professional speaking business, this is the book for you."

Mike Kim, brand strategist and copywriter

"The speaking business is a magical and life-changing industry for both audiences and speakers. Grant delivers a practical, no-nonsense guide to joining the greatest profession in the world!"

Phil Jones, professional speaker and author of Exactly What to Say


The Authors

  1. Grant Baldwin
    David Molnar

    Grant Baldwin

    Grant Baldwin is the creator of the popular podcast The Speaker Lab and the online course Booked and Paid to Speak, through which he has trained more than 2,000 speakers. A popular keynote speaker and entrepreneur, he lives near Nashville, Tennessee,...

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  2. Jeff Goins

    Jeff Goins

    Jeff Goins is the bestselling author of five books, including Real Artists Don't Starve and The Art of Work. He lives with his family just outside Nashville, Tennessee. His website www.goinswriter.com is visited by millions of people every year.

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