How To Be An Emcee

emcee how to be an MC master of ceremonies

Introduction Have you ever considered adding Master of Ceremonies (MC) to your speaking offerings? Being an MC can help you learn how to add energy to the proceedings of your speaking events and help you make yourself vital to event organizers. The role of an MC is to be the “host” of an event, and […]

How to use humor in your talk

How to use humor in your talk

Introduction Are you having a difficult time trying to figure out how to use humor to your talk? You’re not alone! Many speakers face an intimidating fear of incorporating jokes into their speeches. Today, on The Speaker Lab, I’m going to be discussing the proper strategies for using humor in a talk and the importance […]

Top 10 Public Speaking Podcasts You Should Know About

The Speaker Lab Podcast

Introduction So, you’re looking for a public speaking podcast to listen to, but you don’t know where to begin? Here at The Speaker Lab, we’ve collated a list of the top 10 public speaking podcasts for aspiring speakers. Check it out below! 1. The Speaker Lab Podcast Want to learn how to get booked and […]

Top 10 Professional Speaking Conferences You Should Know About

Top 10 Speaking Conferences You Should Know About

Introduction If you’ve started a speaking business, but are still figuring out the lay of the land, you may benefit from networking with other professional speakers. But where do you find them? While the internet has some forums for professional speakers, professional speaking conferences represent another golden opportunity to make connections with others in your […]

How to pay taxes as a speaker

paying taxes as a speaker

Introduction Do you dread taxes or worry you aren’t using the right entity for your speaking business? In this post, we are going to tackle how to pay taxes as a speaker. As a full-time speaker, I sometimes get asked about how to structure a speaking business for tax purposes. The first thing to know […]

9 Travel Tips For Speakers

travel tips

Introduction If you are somebody who loves to travel, then a public speaking career will definitely be appealing to you, because you’re going to get to travel A LOT. But maybe you’re not super experienced in traveling frequently and want to figure out how to make it the best experience possible. Here at the Speaker […]

How to write a speaker contract

How to write a speaker contract

Introduction So you’ve started a speaking career, booked your first gig, and you get an email asking for a speaker contract. What do you do? What should be included in your contract? How much should you charge? What is a “speaking agreement” and is it different than a contract? How do you handle deposits and […]

6 Tips from Successful Female Speakers

woman on stage in a panel discussion. How to become a panelist

Introduction In the speaking industry, just the idea of female motivational speakers, researchers, and coaches would have a century ago been regarded as radical. But today, women around the world have made headlines with powerful speeches. These include Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk about cyberbullying, Greta Thurnberg’s speech to world leaders at the United Nations Climate […]

How to get a speaking gig with a Fortune 500 company

How to get a speaking gig with a Fortune 500 company

Introduction If you’ve read our post, “How much does a public speaker make?” you might have noticed that one of the most lucrative paid public speaking opportunities is speaking for companies and at corporate conferences. But how do you get a speaking gig with a Fortune 500 company or another corporate client? Because of their […]

How much does a public speaker make?

How much does a public speaker make?

Introduction If you are a coach, consultant, or businessperson and you have thought about starting a side business to supplement your income, you might be looking for ways to leverage your expertise to attract new clients. Developing a speaking career can help protect and grow your coaching or consulting business during a recession or any […]