Episode #113

How to Become a Full-Time Speaker

With Jon Vroman

You’ve probably heard of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but did you know there is a similar charity that helps adults and kids with life-threatening illnesses? It gives them the opportunity to experience the live event of their dreams from the front row!

The charity is called The Front Row Foundation and the co-founder is Jon Vroman, our guest for this show. Jon is also a full-time speaker and the head of his own company, Front Row Factor.

Today he shares how his charity was started, and how his speaking career became his full-time pursuit as a result of the lessons his Front Row Foundation’s recipients taught him. You’ll hear how he shares their inspiration with the college world, and how he is transitioning into the corporate market as well. Dive in with us on episode 113 of The Speaker Lab.


  • How he started speaking at 19.
  • Why he went from a six-figure job to spending $90k to be a full-time speaker the next year.
  • How long did it take him to land his first speaking gig?
  • How he attended one event and walked out with 14 paid gigs.
  • What are the things a speaker needs to get started?
  • How did relationships help him find his speaking topics?
  • Why speaking to everyone means you actually speak to no one.
  • How he’s building his name in a new market, and how you can too.
  • And so 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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