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Most speakers aren’t prepared.

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10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren fail

Wait? What do you mean? Most speakers are not prepared? Douglas Vermeeren. And I’m offended. (Actually this is the response I get most of the time when I tell speakers they are unprepared.

Okay… so where’s my evidence?  Well, it’s easy. Just look at he results at the end of their presentation. Sure they can talk from the stage. But if their goal is to have people connect with them further, maybe buy a program, product or workshop then they have failed. This all comes down to practice and preparation.

If your goal of selling something didn’t happen… you weren’t prepared. Got it?

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Warning: Motivational Speakers Can’t Afford To Make Mistakes

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10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren are you right?

Over the last few months Doug Vermeeren have seen that many speaker trainers are starting to appear on the scene, while some of them have some interesting ideas most of them are sharing information that doesn’t work at a high level in todays marketplace. Ideas and concepts such as developing signature speeches, seeking out paid speaking events and so forth are very limited (if they will get you results at all)

The speaking business is undergoing a massive shift right now – simply due to the massive volume of people that are entering the speaking profession. That means that if you want to have a platform or a business you will need to be more valuable than anyone else in todays marketplace.

Those who cannot level up will be natural processes find themselves irrelevant in a hurry.

If you have a brilliant message you owe it to yourself to level up what you do. And that begins with getting better people to teach you. You can’t settle for paying someone who doesn’t have the skills to get you what you need in todays marketplace. Life is too short and you don’t have it to waste on theories that don’t work or tools that are decades old. If you want to become the best you need the best to help you. Good intentions and a heartfelt “speaker trainer” won’t get you there in today’s marketplace.

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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.

End Rant.10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren are you right?

Secrets of Story Telling for Speakers – 10X Your Speaking Business with Douglas Vermeeren

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Secrets of Storytelling for Speakers

According to Douglas Vermeeren Storytelling is one of the most important skills a speaker can develop. Storytelling is the most important part of connection and engagement. It makes you real and relatable. It is what allows people to see your authenticity. Storytelling is also considered one of the most powerful skills you can have when selling form the stage. The power of storytelling cannot be underestimated. I love storytelling. (Can you tell?)

One of the reasons I love story telling is I love stories. I love hearing them, writing them and watching them. I love them so much that’s actually what I studied in school. (Yes, that’s true I didn’t go to school to actually become a speaker. Doug Vermeeren went to become a filmmaker and my studies focused on screenwriting. You’ve seen some of my work already in The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and my latest movie The Treasure Map. I’ve written many other non-personal development stories including award winning comic books, tv pilots and other movies. Betcha didn’t know that about me.)

Anyways, I believe in the importance of storytelling. And it’s a powerful tool that every speaker needs. I believe in it so much that I have prepare a special session that will give you some immediate tools to build powerful stories in your presentations. Much of this information I have learned from some of the most powerful storytellers in Hollywood in my film classes.

Most speakers don’t know this stuff — but it will make your stories more powerful, more engaging and eliminate a lot of stuff that makes most stories boring.

Here are some quick tips:

  1. Remember that every story needs a clear beginning, middle and end.
  2. Eliminate needless details and distractions that take people away from the clear storyline.
  3. Find a moral or point to the story before starting. (Sometimes called a theme.) If you don’t know it before you start your listeners will never find it.
  4. A story isn’t jsut telling what happened, it’s returning to what happened. If you relive it vividly in your mind and become emotionally attached your audience will find it easier to connect too.
  5. Every story should have a turning point. In other words a major moment of decision that takes the protagonist from the distress to victory. It must be decision not something lucky that just happens. (We don’t cheer when mother nature or chance saves the day.)

That’s enough for now. Getting ready to offer a special session on story telling PM me if you want to know more. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Are You Building Your Speaking Business Correctly?

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Are you building your speaking business correctly?
By Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your Speaking Business

10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren are you right?

Over the last 2 decades Douglas Vermeeren have had a chance to seriously observe hundreds of speakers emerging in todays marketplace. Some of them have been quite successful and other seemed to struggle along or quickly became stagnant ed in their career. The vast majority fall into the second category.

The majority of speakers struggle to build their businesses and find more opportunities to speak. As a result they also seem to be on the brink of financial struggle all the time.

As most speakers claim to teach and share tools that are supposed to improve your situation I would say that this failure of their own constitutes a massive failure.

The failing however upon close examination isn’t always connected to their content or their ability to deliver it from the stage. Many of these failing speakers are excellent speakers and have great content.

The challenge comes down to how they’ve structured (or technically not structured) their speaking business. They lack the elements to make their speaking business work.

And there isn’t really anywhere for them to learn this. I have been involved in most of the professional associations for speakers and it’s not there. It’s basically broke speakers teaching other speakers how to do the same.

It is for this reason that Doug Vermeeren created 10X Your Speaking Business. While this article isn’t about me I should tell you why I’m qualified to create such a program:

FINANCIAL SUCCESS
In my first 6 months as a speaker I create a 7 figure business and have never looked back.

RELATIONSHIP POWER
I have joint ventured and created projects where some of the top speakers in the business have supported me. I am the producer of 3 of the top 10 personal development movies of all time. (With support from Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Demartini, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Marie Diamond, John Gray, Bob Doyle, Morris Goodman, Mary Morrissey and many other top thought leaders.)

PRODUCT SALES
I know the formula for creating products, workshops and trainings that sell.

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKING GIGS
I have spoken to audiences all around the world. I was even awarded the distinction of youngest Visiting professor at the Wu Zhai University in China. I regularly speak today on nearly every continent on the globe. (The only ones I’ve missed are really bizarre – like who wants to speak in Antarctica?)

MY STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL
Those that have used my tools have exponentially grown their speaking business. I have students that range from beginning speakers all the way to well known celebrities. I have taught (and still teach) Olympians, movie starts, top musicians, business leaders and my favourite speakers with a brilliant message.

If you are ready to get your speaking business figured out correctly I look forward to having a conversation with you. Here’s a link for some free resources to get you started http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Feel free to reach out to me to connect doug@douglasvermeeren.com

 

Most Speakers Don’t Really Have a Business – Douglas Vermeeren

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Most speakers don’t really have a business — Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your Speaking Business

10X Your Speaking Business DOuglas Vermeeren are you broke?
The speaking and coaching industry is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. But… that doesn’t mean it is the most prosperous for most involved. In fact, most speakers I’ve met over my decades as a speaker are broke. I have been to all kinds of events, speakers conferences, speakers associations (likes CAPS, NSA Global Speakers Federation etc.) and Yes, most speakers are broke. and why?
Simple. They don’t really have a business. The run from one speaking event to trying to find a gig at the next. In between they are lost and struggling. The reason why is they don’t have a business strucutre for their speaking business. most speakers confuse speaking with the business. The truth is you need to put both of these elements together. Speaking + Business = Speaking Business.
Some of the elements that most speakers are missing from their business include: Customer support, Customer management, Customer acquisition, Proper content development within the framework of a business structure, sales funnels, creating proper products, getting speaking gigs, Getting speaking gigs that build your brand and are profitable and so many other quesitons they jsut don’t know how to ask.
My challenge to you: Take some time and seriously look at your speaking business. What do you really have? What systems are actually supporting you? What are you missing? How can you level up? And what needs to happen in order for you to grow?
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Titles? For Public Speakers?

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by Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your speaking Business

10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren Titles

Here’s something interesting. In fact, so much so I am really thinking of writing an article about it. I was on Linkedin this morning checking out speakers and how they are marketing themselves. I was astounded at all of the interesting (sometimes crazy) Almost always unprovable, often inflated titles that they are using to describe themselves. Here are a few (and please share your thoughts on this do you think these help your marketing and attract customers to you? Do you use one? If so, why? Do you think these titles add or diminish credibility? Please share your thoughts.)

Amazing
Authentic
Top
#1
Most distinguished
Award winning
Ruthless
Best Selling
Expert
Customer approved
Most powerful
Best results
Results driven
Life changing
#1 rated
Voted most
Voted Best
Customers choice
The Original
Aspiring
Most passionate
Balanced
World’s best
Elite
Champion
Most trusted
Premium
Memorable

 

If you have any others please list them. I’m interested to open this one for discussion. And by the way if you think those titles are bad I found this while looking around on this subject: http://sobadsogood.com/2016/11/13/heres-20-of-the-most-ridiculous-job-titles-in-history/