217. How Being Different is Awesome with Ryan Haack

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Ryan Haack Grant Baldwin The Speaker Lab Living One Handed Different Is AwesomeIs there something unique about you, perhaps something you haven’t fully shared with the world? Our guest joins us to share how being different is awesome and how what makes him different has opened doors in his speaking career.

Ryan Haack is a student in our Booked and Paid to Speak training program, and has had success speaking to elementary schools. Specifically, he talks to elementary school assemblies about a physical difference he has had since birth and why being different is positive.

Also on today’s show we talk about the pros and cons of speaking to elementary schools, including fees and other logistics, plus how he juggles speaking with a full-time job. Join us for those topics and more on episode 217 of The Speaker Lab!



  • What two questions to ask yourself to determine your audience.
  • How does he balance speaking to multiple audiences while not being too broad?
  • What came first: his book or speaking?
  • How do you know you’re doing the right thing?
  • What model works best for speaking to elementary schools?
  • How does he adjust his speeches according to the age groups in his audience?
  • Who is typically the decision-maker he goes through?
  • What next steps does he recommend if you are getting started?
  • And so much more!

Tweetable: “The opportunities are definitely there.” – Ryan Haack


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