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Personal Power Mastery minute – Your future is determined by what you do NOW!

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Often times people talk about how they would like their life and future to look. Where things go amiss is when they fail to connect that future with the present. The key to creating a better future is to decide what you will do today to bring that future. Decisions are the hinge that either make or break the connection to your ideal future. But too often people make their decisions based on what they are currently experiencing rather than what they want. Decisions create future, not the present. You are already in the present.

So next time you say “I can’t because of… (lack of money, lack of connection to people, opportunities, things, knowledge, etc.) recognize that the only thing that can possibly change your future is to simply DO IT anyways.

Your decisions of today are the only thing that will give you something better tomorrow.

A decision now may require you to stretch and grow. But one thing is certain if you always do what you have always done you will always get what you’ve always gotten. Nothing will change. You can’t repeat the same patterns and expect different results.

If you want more money = you must make a new decision.

If you want more opportunity = you must make a new decision.

If you want better relationships = you must make a new decision.

All things can be improved and changed for the better if you decide. Decisions lead lives.

What will you decide today?

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What would you do with the secrets of the world’s top achievers? Would you level up your income? Your business? Your opportunities? Now you can find out because those secrets are now available to you. Over the last two decades Douglas Vermeeren has conducted extensive first hand research into the lives of the worlds top achievers. He has the success strategies of top business leaders from Nike, Reebok, Fruit of the Loom, FedEx, KFC, United Airlines, Microsoft, Disney and others to share with you. ABC television and FOX Business refer to him as the modern Day Napoleon Hill. In addition, he is the producer and director of 3 out of 10 of the top personal development movies ever made. He is the producer of The Opus (featuring Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe Vitale, John Demartini, Marci Shimoff, Morris Goodman, Bob Doyle and others.) The Gratitude Experiment (Bob Proctor, Marie Diamond, John Demartini, John Gray) and The Treasure Map (John Demartini, Loral Langemeier, Raymond Aaron, Marshall Sylver, Randy Gage.) He has authored 3 books in the Guerrilla marketing series and is the creator of Personal Power Mastery which has been consistently rated as one of the top events for personal change and development worldwide. He is a regular featured expert on FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News and others.

For more info go to http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Is The Public Speaking Dead?

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Is public speaking as a business dead?

by Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your Speaking Business

For the last two decades I have been a public speaker. I have seen a lot of changes and most prominently I have seen many new speakers arrive on the scene with the intention to create a massive business sharing their expertise.
More often than not they fail.

This makes me ask: Is public speaking as a business dead or dying?

As I have carefully considered this question and looked at the complete landscape of what is really going on in this highly saturated industry of speaking, coaching, mentoring and personal development in general I have an answer to this question:

The old way of building this business is dying.

While those who understand the nuances of today’s marketplace are not only thriving but building incredible 7 & 8 figure businesses.

If I were summarize a few of the differences between the dying and thriving it would be as simple as this:

The dying are relying on an old model of the speaking business. In other words they are focusing on creating signature speeches, speaking for a fee and doing as many speeches as they possibly can. The thriving understand that building a brand is important and real authentic connection with the audience trumps signature speeches every time.

The dying are always on the hunt for the next event to get in front of an audience.
The thriving understand the platforms available to them to create audiences around them and their content. They understand that once they find their vibe they earn their tribe.

The dying take out ads and do posts on social media focused on telling about themselves and their many accomplishments, constantly inviting you to events or buy products and promoting their latest greatest whatever it is.The thriving understand that today’s market place is value content and relationship driven. The more you give away the more likely you are to attract people who want to learn more.

The dying also don’t understand the important of building relationships with the power players in the business and that reputation helps create brand. The thriving understand that relationships with high level experts is available to them and they understand how to create synergy with people that matter. The dying don’t have a game plan and they often fly by the seat of their pants, taking whatever speaking gigs come their way.

The thriving understand that a business strategy is essential to success in the speaking business and saying no to events that don’t serve your bran is one of the best things you can do.
Anyways, there are a few thoughts for now.

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Are you a speaker looking to grow your business? Here’s two quick tips for you.

By Douglas Vermeeren, 10X Your Speaking Business

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I have been a speaker for more than a decade now. (actually maybe even closer to two) and I have seen a few things along the way. Some of these strategies for growing your speaking business have been awesome and some not so great. Recently I was asked by one of my students what is the absolute best way to grow your speaking business and I had two specific ideas come to mind. Here they are:

 

1) Remember that your business is connection

Most speakers follow a very traditional approach where they prepare their presentation and then present. Their presentation if you follow them around for a while is basically the same no matter who, where or when they are presenting. And believe it or not this is not just a beginner mistake. I was recently at an event with a very well-known speaker who you would certainly know. I have shared the stage with him multiple times before and guess what each time (including this time – which is ten years since the first time I shared the stage with him) his presentation is identical to every other time I have seen him speak. Naturally there were others in the audience who had heard him before who probably also noticed. All the jokes, stories and points he shared were exactly where they were last time. Did he connect with his audience? NOPE. I have to give it a great big fat fail. Connection is what keeps your audience coming back and also staying connected between talks too. (More on this in another post, but for todays purposes I’m am just going to stress that you need connection or your speaking business will not survive.)

 

2) Leveraging authority and relationships

The second point in these two steps has helped me to grow my speaking business faster than any other idea. I call this one leveraging authority or relationships. It is quite simple actually. When I first started as a speaker (and you might be here right now) no one knew my name. And because I was so new and invisible no one really cared either. It was difficult to get speaking gigs on my own and even more difficult if I was hosting my own event to get people to come. Quite by accident I was invited to share the stage with some speakers who were well known. (If my memory serves me correctly it was Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.) Now those two guys are very well know internationally and excellent speakers. being part of the event with them immediately increased my credibility and contributed to my database. You can imagine I was also able to use the marketing that featured me with those guys in many of my future marketing. here’s a link actually to an early TV commercial that had Jack Canfield, myself and another speaker. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1AutPT4HCk

 

Leveraging authority has helped me grow my brand quickly and powerfully. One of the things that also really helped was I acquired tickets for many of the groups or individuals I knew would hire me to speak but had never heard of me. Naturally they would have to sit through me to get to someone like Brian or Jack. This strategy was great for getting me booked.

 

Anyways, I am sure I will share much more on these two points and others in the future but for today there are a few things to think about.

 

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Douglas-Vermeeren-600Are you ready to level up your speaking business? Douglas Vermeeren is the Speaking Business Multiplier and the CEO of 10X your speaking Business and host of the popular 10X your speaking business show. His tool are helping speakers: Create highly profitable speaking businesses, Position themselves as experts, Attract media attention, Get publishing deals, Get more speaking gigs, Speak internationally and JV with other top names in the business. Douglas Vermeeren has done this and more and now his systems and secrets can be yours. His clients include beginning speakers all the way to movie and music celebrities, professional and Olympic athletes, top business leaders and other speakers just like YOU!

 

He has been consistently rated by the media as the top speaker trainer in the world today with the most comprehensive and powerful tools available. Other trainers stop at presentation skills while Vermeeren is the only one who helps you build the speaking business systems that you need for success. Now is your opportunity to find out why all the top speakers are working with him! http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

 

 

Content and delivery is just part of it. – By Douglas Vermeeren, The Speaking Business Multiplier

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Content and Delivery is just part of it

By Douglas Vermeeren, The Speaking Business Multiplier

Many people are attracted to the speaking business because they have some great ideas to share and they love to speak in front of an audience. It’s true that the feeling of sharing your information in a group setting that appreciates what you do certainly feels great.  And there are hundreds if not thousands of coaches and courses that can help you improve your presentation skills and help you deliver your content in stronger ways from the stage. But for those of you who enter into the speaking business you will quickly find out that it is far more competitive than you ever imagined and you also find that just speaking on stage is a very small part of what you need to learn to succeed.

Over the years I have been involved training and teaching speakers I have seen many people surprised at what elements are required to create a speaking business. Many one of the most surprising a-ha moments comes when a speaker realized that the business of speaking has less to do wight he speech than they realized. In fact, it’s very much like when a magician takes the stage. The audience only sees a very small part of what’s going on behind the scenes and sees almost nothing except the end result of many hidden details that have been worked out ahead of time.

Because most speakers have never seen the necessity for these details and in some cases these are elements they have never seen their business remain weak and less than productive.

The speaking business is made up of two parts. Speaking and Business. If you are going to become prosperous you need to be success with both parts. One thing is for certain: If are going to run a speaking business you must make a profit or soon you will not be able to have the privilege to continue. Recently I read some statistics that stated that 1 in every 450 speakers are actually making enough money to do it full time. I don’t know where your speaking business is today but one thing is for certain. If you want to be successful you will need the business tools for your speaking business.

In my speaking business I figured this out and was able to make over 7 figures . As I have worked with other speakers for the last decade and a half I have seen those who have been super successful making over 7 figured per year. If you are trying to position yourself as a success leader or teacher an point the way for others it is only fair that you have some success. You can only get there if you have a system that will create success. As I looked at how I did it and how others have done it I have been able to identify 12 core areas that every speaking business needs in order to become success. (This is what we teach at our 12 Essentials to a profitable speaking business event in great detail.) But for todays purposes here is the list of things you need to learn and develop:

1 Prepare the most powerful content
2 Tap into the best business models
3 Create the perfect sales funnels
4 Offer the perfect products & Workshops
5 Finding profitable speaking gigs (And more of them)
6 Successfully Joint Venture with other speakers
7 Sell more from the stage & do it the easy way
8 Build a predictable preview session
9 Create strong brand loyalty
10 Position yourself as the expert
11Leverage Social Media to grow your business
12 Attract media to Celebritize your Business

(These are the actually module titles from our weekend training and my home study course.) You’ll quickly recognize which of the laments you currently have in your speaking business and which ones are missing.  Only a full compliment will allow you to reach your fullest potential as a speaker. And if you are missing elements you are leaving opportunity, influence and income behind that should be yours.

If you a re interested to learn about how you attend one of our sessions near you go to my website: http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com On my site I also have several free tools and videos which you can evaluate yourself as a speaker to see what areas you are currently strong in and what areas are lacking and most importantly how you can make some immediate improvements and open some opportunities for yourself.  Be sure to check it out and I look forward to seeing you on the stage soon!

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The Speaking Business Multiplier – 6 Keys to Becoming a million dollar speaker

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Success in the speaking business is something most professional speakers stove to attain. But the truth is that the personal development or self improvement industry is one of the most competitive fields on the planet. Everything thinks they have powerful advice to share on how to make life better and all want to be rewarded handsomely fro sharing those  insights. While many of these lessons are powerful concepts for positive change very few of the “thought leaders” who share them actually rise to high levels of financial success.

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I was very fortunate early in my speaking career to find some amazing mentors and as a result I have constructed and followed a system which made me almost immediately financially successful. In my first 6 months as a speaker I earned more than1.6 million dollars US and have had a successful speaking business ever since. Here are a few of the things I see most speakers missing today that make a big difference.

1)Get a mentor – Most speakers are used to sharing advice and not giving it. If you can find a mentor or a coach that understands how to make money in the speaking business and establish yourself as an expert you are much further ahead in this highly competitive business.

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2)Develop high level expert content – Content is indeed king. Most of the people populating this business today have very generic and predictable content. You need to be able to solve real problems and take people deeper into your subject of expertise than anyone else.

3)Use a proven business model – Most speaker stop at accepting a fee for a speech or have added a few products or coaching programs or workshops. While those things are all great streams of income they are not the most effective way to monetize your speaking business. (More on this in a future post)

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4)Use media and leverage authority – Most speakers remain relatively unknown and hidden in the marketplace. They do not know how to attract media and are too afraid to invest in a publicist or support team.

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5)Get on the right stages and build boundaries – Most speakers who are broke will speak anywhere, for any fee and say YES way too much. Recognize that there is a such things as a wrong audience!

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6)Build a relationship – One of the big mistakes I see regularly from speakers is that they are too eager to rush an audience into a high priced product or seminar. The audience feels like they are simply a number or a transaction. Focus on providing value first, establishing your credibility as a true solution first and that you are genuinely concerned about the results your audience needs first. If you do these things you will have earned the right to be bold as your audience will want to continue the relationship.

douglas-vermeeren-600Douglas Vermeeren is the Speaking Business Multiplier. Are you ready to level up? You’ve come to the right place. Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top leaders in personal development and achievement psychology. He is considered by many to be the modern day Napoleon Hill for his extensive research into the lives and psychology of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren is the creator of The Personal Power Mastery program which helps you unlock your most powerful self and created positive changes in your life.

Vermeeren is the author of 3 books in the Guerrilla marketing series and one in the Dummies book series. He is also the creator of the personal development films The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and The Treasure Map. Enterprise magazine calls him Canada’s Tony Robbins! He iOS the regular featured achievement expert on FOX, FOX Business, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC and others. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

 

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I do lots of stuff wrong – Douglas Vermeeren

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I do lots of stuff wrong. And so do lots of other top achievers. If you haven’t done lots wrong its because you haven’t done much of anything. One thing is for sure that its very easy to do stuff wrong. It doesn’t take any special skill or aptitude. Its one of the most easy things in the world to do. And the funniest part of mistakes is that they arrive whether you intend them to  or not. Those who make the most and the biggest mistakes are never aiming for that. Often we have the best intentions and are really wanting to help and bless others, but sometimes things go wrong. It is safe to avoid all of this. Sometimes we don’t need the attention our mistakes make. But here’s the deal folks. If you really are committed to doing big things there will be big mistakes. Don’t focus on those though. Perfection isn’t the goal – Progress is.

douglas-vermeeren-power-quote-13A hundred years from now haters don’t matter and time often forgives mistakes. A friend told me the other day something remarkable he had noticed and I had to agree with him. Anyone doing great things will never criticize another person making mistakes. They are above that and they understand how essential those challenges are to creating success.

Things will go wrong in business, relationships, finances, friendships and more! Communications may cross. Expectations may be understood. But if you are going to create you can’t stay focused on that for long. Fix what you can and move on. Try to avoid making the mistakes but recognize they will happen.

As I interviewed more than 400 of the worlds top achievers I quickly saw that all of these people had made mistakes. Some of them were involved in law suits, allegations of poor judgement, some had divorces in their past, others had bankruptcies. But they didn’t focus on that.

And what was really funny (and I have experienced this too) is that as soon as success began to arrive those who had earlier criticized them asked for help or favors.

I also found it funny that right after I put out my first movie The Opus haters came out from every direction.I was sitting with a friend from the recording industry shortly thereafter and he expressed that he had seen this a million times with recording artists. The minute they had a success everyone hated them. (What’s with humans anyways?) well, he told me something that has always stayed with me. No matter what anyone says now they can’t take away the fact that I made a movie. Haters can’t take away accomplishments.  Pretty profound.

So here’s the lesson – Do you best! But when the imperfections arrive don’t get stuck on them. Keep moving towards your goals!

 

The Speaking Business Multiplier – 3 Tips to think about developing content – Douglas Vermeeren

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While you’d think that content and acquiring content would at the top of the priority list for people wanting to be considered experts in the field of speaking, coaching and training – it isn’t always. Over the last several decades I have been involved in the personal development business I’ve seen many who just don’t feel that constant preparation, improvement or education is that important. I regularly see speakers who prepare a speech only after they have an event booked and I’ve also seen others who prepared one speech a long time ago and every time (even to the same audience) bring out that same speech. This is a short cut. And although it may be the easy way it will never open up the doors for you to be considered an expert or a person with solutions of any depth.

I suppose it’s very similar to the one hit wonders of the music business. Or better yet like a  pianist with only one key to play. LAME.

Here are 3 thoughts to think about when preparing your content that will help you to position yourself as an expert, be prepared for any event you are called upon without notice (And this happens often for higher level speakers) and lastly, to become profitable as a speaker.

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  1. Read, research, watch, listen and learn every single day. I would even suggest multiple times a day. The flow of ideas into your mins on the subject you speak about needs to be constant. Almost to the point of overflow. As it overflows in your mind it will fill the minds of those you present to. In their minds you will be the well from which they know they can gain the answer. The only way that you can become that is if you first fill your mind. An old hindu saying says it best: An empty vessel can fill no other cup. Obviously it goes without saying that from the beginning I hope you have chosen a subject that you are excited about. If you are truly excited about this subject matter you’ll find that this quest for content isn’t a burden but an exciting opportunity. And I should mention if you aren’t cited about your subject it will be very difficult to get others excited about it. 452830868_0f1406ba87_b
  2. Record and sort it as though you were to teach it. When we learn with purpose we retain and record things in a more powerful way than if we to simply read something. I invite all of my students to record the content they are researching as though they had to teach it. As they look at how their research can help and bless the lives of their students they have all found amazing results. One of the most powerful being is that have immediately started to recognize what has been most valuable and practical in their research. They have been able to recognize where in their presentations these new findings have been able to fit. They have also noticed that their level of expertise has risen among their audiences. It really does become clear which speakers are consistently learning and which are just coasting. Naturally as you learn to teach your students will also feel who really cares.online_keyboard_news
  3. Look for ways to share what you are learning outside of your presentation. More and more I am seeing a massive shift in the personal development and speaking industry. No longer are people able to maintain a career simply as “a keynoter.” In order to thrive in this business it is necessary to expand to other platforms and areas such as coaching, mentoring, masterminds, products and an array of other platforms. One of the other necessities is a social media presence. Daily communication to your tribe or community is becoming more and more of an expectation. And the more your visibility and stature in the industry rise the more it is expected of you. Your daily content quests are a great way to find and prepare information to share. It needn’t be long but it definitely needs to be consistent.

douglas-vermeeren-600Douglas Vermeeren is the Speaking Business Multiplier. His clients include beginning speakers all the way to celebrities, athletes, top business leaders and more. His focus is on helping them to develop high profit speaking, coaching and training businesses. He is the author of three books in the guerrilla marketing series and filmmaker behind 3 of the most popular personal development films of all time. 

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