109. How to Get Paid to Talk With Carrie Wilkerson

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Carrie Wilkerson joins Grant Baldwin on The Speaker Lab to talk about her transition from musician to speaker, and much more!

Do you think speakers are born or can they be made? Is there a checklist of characteristics that make someone a great speaker? Our guest for episode 109 is here to weigh in on those topics, and more!

Carrie Wilkerson, my extra sassy friend and founder of The Barefoot Executive, joins us to talk about her background as a trained musician, and how growing up  as the pastor’s daughter set up her present day speaking career.

According to her parents, Carrie has been a talker since birth! In fact she talked so much as a child that her dad once told her if she could find a way to get paid for it she’d have it made. Carrie shares those stories as well as how a transition from performing as a singer in her dad’s church to introducing those songs and making them relevant helped her hone the natural cadence she has on stage.

She also shares a great lesson she learned firsthand about why it’s important to be a fit for for your audience. Hear it all on episode 109 of The Speaker Lab!



  • Did she know she would always be on stage?
  • How big were her earliest crowds?
  • When did she know speaking was the thing she was meant to do?
  • Does she think anyone can be a speaker?
  • How did John Maxwell describe her speaking style?
  • How The Barefoot Executive was born.
  • What three assets should you take care of the most as a speaker?
  • What’s the best way to become a really good speaker?
  • And so much more!

Tweetable: “The death of a public speaker is to pigeonhole yourself.” – Carrie Wilkerson


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