Student Success Stories: Ryan Botner

Here at The Speaker Lab, our goal is to help you get Booked and Paid to Speak. Our Student Success Stories share first hand experiences from our students of how they’ve booked paid speaking gigs and grown their businesses by applying the concepts they learned in our courses.

Why TSL?

I had some momentum speaking to sales teams, but they weren’t paid. I knew I loved speaking and I loved helping and being in service to others, but as a father of 5 I also needed to get paid. I came to The Speaker Lab to help turn my speaking into an actual business. I needed to learn how to be more efficient with my time and have systems in place to grow my business. When I saw the free information you were sharing, I knew the paid stuff had to be amazing.

I speak about being a person who adds value, love, and lives a life of significance. I know my message has impact so it was important to me to get it out into the world ASAP!

What were some A-HA’s and takeaways?

Well, just by following the first three modules I have adopted and applied everything you have taught and in just over 30-days I have booked 5 paying gigs. That’s a HUGE A-ha!

Also, the importance of professionalism when working with event planners. They appreciate speakers who are organized and prepared. They are busy people and so the more we as speakers can come with our ducks in a row the more likely they are going to want to hire us and maybe for more than just one gig.

The other A-ha is the relationship I have formed with Erick. As a VIP Virtual student I have access to him through my cohort and on Voxer. I love connecting with him to share my wins and seek his guidance. He is so supportive and informative which has been incredibly helpful in my journey.

What is your new normal as a speaker?

Now that I have a proven system I walk and speak with way more confidence. I also have chosen to go about my speaking business slightly differently. I have built businesses before so I know it’s a grind. In the past I would hire people to do certain things. For my speaking business I actually want to do all the tasks that are needed like learning and working my CRM. I want to be able to understand it before I delegate it.

I’m also excited about my speaking business. I want to make an impact and I know I am good with people. I have lots of energy and I love to create positive experiences. It gets me excited to think about the impact I am going to be able to make in my speaking business both professionally and personally.

Who would you recommend to The Speaker Lab?

I would recommend The Speaker Lab to anyone who has a teachable spirit. They want to be coached because they want to make an impact through their speaking business. For me, I knew I had to face my fears and go all in. That meant learning new things, doing different things and getting out of my comfort zone. If you are willing to do that and implement what TSL teaches, I would say GO ALL IN!

Connect With Ryan Botner

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 lead to Grant Baldwin (our founder) booking over $2M in speaking gigs. 

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