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ByRick Deutsch

Professional speakers who work hard get paid handsomely

Today we talk dollars and cents. You REALLY want to be a professional speaker? You won’t get paid a nickle to be a featured speaker on a cruise ship like Celebrity, but you’ll get a FREE cruise for two. That can be worth thousands. I advise that you should use these gigs to hone your skills.

To be a professional baseball player, a pro dancer, a pro singer – you have to work your butt off. But are rewards worth it – financially?  I have a cousin who signed a baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers. He got $150K for that. Just signing. He wanted this since he was a kid. His quest includes getting hit in the face by a line drive and losing 7 teeth. Did he roll over? No.

A year later he had to get “Tommy Johns” surgery where they move a tendon from your leg and put it into your pitching arm to reinforce things. Did he roll over? No. He loved what he was doing. He just bought a new Dodge Challenger. Doing what he loved and getting paid for it.

If you really want to be a speaker, the $$ rewards are there. If you don’t love public speaking – get out now. It’s NOT for everyone. Ups and downs…travel…people who just want to TAKE from you. I just read that Hillary Clinton was paid $450,000 to speak at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Global Financial Leadership Conference. Yikes. I’m never going to get that, but I do earn enough to pay for my scuba trips. And I’m  having fun.

Hillary Clinton honed her speaking skills to demand almost half a million for ONE talk.

Hillary Clinton honed her speaking skills to demand almost half a million for ONE talk.

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ByRick Deutsch

Earplugs are invaluable for professional cruise ship speakers | Pearl Harbor Kit

As a professional speaker, I have a zip-lock lock bag with all the essentials I need to be well prepared for almost any contingency. I call it a “Pearl Harbor” kit.

Today I want to share my experience with ear plugs. I find them EXTREMELY useful when using public wifi sites. Coffee shops, hamburger shacks and muffin shops are all offering wifi to draw you in. The problem is that they are very noisy. Customers are yelling, kids are screaming and other “hackers” are wheeling and dealing. Many have loud music playing (I think to drive people out after being served.)  I jam my earplugs in so far they actually touch! :>)  There are many on the market. Here’s a shot of my collection

The ones at the 4 o'clock position are the best.

The ones at the 4 o’clock position are the best.

The best I have found are callHearos Earplugs High Fidelity Series.” They are shaped like little Christmas trees, with the decreasing smaller cones.

 

The small end goes into your ear canal. They block up to 20 decibels of sound. They are washable and seem to last years. I do not like the kind that feel like putty. I also don;t use the foam ones. These are all one-time use only and never seal all the noise. Also perfect for use on airplanes.  if you trim down the “shaft” you can even sleep in them. I do – it’s like being in an immersion tank.

Related: What’s a Pearl Harbor kit?

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GREEN laser pointers are invaluable for professional cruise ship speakers | Pearl Harbor Kit

Continuing our series on things speakers MUST have with them in their  “Pearl Harbor Kit.” <<The USA was caught unprepared for the Japanese Bombing on December 7, 1941.>>  Similarly, I want to be prepared for any speaking contingencies). Today we now talk about your laser pointer. To the point, save your money and time with those wimpy RED lasers that most slide clickers come with. They just don’t put out enough light. Even free standing units pale in comparison to bright GREEN LASER ones. That’s all I use.

The green dot really draws the eye to what you are showing. Red lasers tend to get lost on color photograph slides; their power is just too low and the “dot” is tiny. Green lasers use 2 AAA batteries; keep some extra. The middle of the unit unscrews to load the batteries. You will get about four 60 minute talks out of them. Green lasers are pretty hard to find in electronic stores. If you do find them, you will be seeing prices above $25. Enter the internet. I have bought mine (I got a spare) from a reliable company on line…. the price? Under $10!!!

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