Episode #373

Taking the Leap [Student Highlight]

With Dana Knowles

Sharing in the excitement of our students’ success is such a privilege for our team at the Speaker Lab. Our Director of Student Success, Maryalice Goldsmith, is taking the mic for our Student Highlight series so you can hear more about our students’ experiences and what they want you to know about growing your speaking business.

Dana Knowles joined The Speaker Lab in April 2021. Her enthusiasm and motivation are unmatched, and she quickly engaged with our coaches and the Elite program. She’s always loved speaking and realizing she might be able to get paid to speak was a game changer. Passionate about sharing her extraordinary story with audiences, Dana shares more about her product that went to market and how that helped launch her speaking career. She also reveals the importance of accountability, networking, and goal setting as she continues to grow her speaking business.

Dana has overcome, conquered, and continues to strive for excellence. Her conversation with Maryalice will make you feel not so alone in the trenches of stepping out in confidence to grow your speaking business!


  • Why coaching and learning from experience matters
  • Finding the right time to jump all-in
  • Why you can’t afford to make excuses
  • Taking the leap to make the financial and emotional investment
  • What to do if you’re successful
  • What it means to be a procrastinate-achiever
  • Reinventing yourself
  • And much more!

Want to know exactly what to say to finally land paid speaking gigs?

We’ll send you the exact three emails you can send to conference planners and event organizers that Grant Baldwin (our founder) used to book over $2M in speaking gigs. 

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