Episode #390

Why You Need An Abstract

With Erick Rheam

He’s a favorite among the TSL family and he knows what it takes to strategically build and sustain a successful business. On pace to double his income in 2022, Erick Rheam has navigated the ups and downs of the past few years with grit and grace.

While there are many crucial resources needed in the process of building a speaking business, this episode highlights one very important yet simple piece you must add to your repertoire.

The abstract.

The abstract is made up of seven parts, fits on one page, and is meant to help you get one step closer to booking that next gig. Erick walks through each of the seven components including a professional headshot, contact information, title and premise of your talk, identifying the problem you solve, testimonials, learning objectives, and references. He’ll also explain why you don’t lead with an abstract, when you should share this resource, and why you never list your speaking fee! Whether you are a seasoned speaker, or just getting started, there’s always time to create or update your abstract to help achieve the goals of your business! During this episode, Erick will equip and encourage those who are ready to take the next step and make their abstract work for them!


  • Why an abstract will streamline your thinking
  • How to use an abstract to test the marketplace
  • The value of keeping it short and sweet
  • Why social proof matters
  • Why your objectives have to be tangible
  • What to do when you don’t have testimonials
  • The difference between an abstract and a proposal
  • And much more!
About Erick Rheam

Erick Rheam is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He spent five years as a Military Police Officer, nine years working for two municipally owned utilities, ten years in software efficiency sales, two years as the Director of Student Success for a professional speaking development company, and now he is a full-time professional speaker and author. Erick travels the country helping men and women cut through the whirlwind so they can rise above the chaos to discover their significance and live in peace.

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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