Episode 125: Why Are You Not Getting Booked to Speak?

Jan 30, 2023

“Mary, why am I not getting booked to speak?” Well, let me ask you a question: Have you asked anyone to book you? Would you get a degree or certificate and then expect to get a job without applying anywhere? Would you sit at home all waiting for the phone to ring with job offers? “When you put it that way, Mary, it just sounds silly…” Maybe so, but it’s the truth. I want you to think about getting booked to speak, like getting a job, so keep listening to find out more about what that looks like.

While I don’t want you to actually go out there apply for literal jobs, I do want you to develop that mentality to put yourself out there. In this episode, I dive into how and why you should reach out to people and seek out opportunities.

Highlights from this episode include:

  • Why aren’t you getting booked to speak? (1:31)
  • Phone-phobia is real (3:04)
  • Practice leaving voicemails (5:16)
  • Who are you asking to book you? (7:42)
  • Shifting your perspective (9:37)
  • Look for opportunities (11:48)
  • You’re worthy of getting paid (12:53)
  • Make a plan to get booked (15:12)

I want you to start promoting yourself! Make that ask and let people know that you’re a speaker! Then come on over to the Facebook group and let us know how many people you plan to reach out to over the next 3 months once you’ve done your homework.

I’d love it if y’all came to join the conversation in the Facebook group – Take the Stage Speakers and take a moment to share with us! If you aren’t on Facebook, find me on Instagram! I would love for you to share it with me.


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