Episode #428

How to Navigate Legal Issues as a Speaker

With Autumn Witt Boyd

As a speaker, there are plenty of legal issues to navigate as you build a rock-solid speaking business. Good news – Autumn Witt Boyd is bringing her expertise and experience to Episode 428 of The Speaker Lab Podcast to help you walk through what you need to know!

There are many nuances to preserving and protecting online businesses, intellectual property, opportunities for trademarks, and even creating contracts! Autumn covers all of that in this episode and highlights some of the most overlooked legalities that can often be missed by speakers. In addition to offering her insight and expertise as an intellectual property lawyer, Autumn takes a deep dive into contract writing and how to cover all the specifics, add riders, and navigate extenuating circumstances. As speakers, your work is personal, meaningful, and a reflection of what you’re most passionate about. As you build your business, it’s essential to know what you need to protect and how to assess the risks and rewards of each legal consideration. This conversation is meant to equip you with the right questions to ask as you move forward in your journey as an entrepreneur!

Here’s what you’ll learn from this episode:

  • The do’s and don’ts of building a contract
  • Why you might ask for “green M&Ms”
  • Why cease and desist letters don’t make friends, but could be needed
  • How to focus on the things that matter and impact your bottom line
  • Why some people worry so much about trademarks, and shouldn’t!
  • What to consider when it comes to privacy
  • And so much more!

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About Autumn Witt Boyd

Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced – and relatable – lawyer who helps million dollar coaches and online educators reach their big goals. Together with her team at The AWB Firm, Autumn guides online businesses as they grow. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues, and her firm offers full-service legal support. Autumn lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Dave, twin boys Sam and Tyson, and daughter Vivian.

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