Professional Speakers Tell the Same 2 Lies | How much and how often do you?

ByBill Belew

Professional Speakers Tell the Same 2 Lies | How much and how often do you?

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Professional Speakers Tell the Same 2 Lies | How much and how often do you?

Professional speakers tell the same lies. Not the same lies as all people but the same lies as each other.

Of course, not cruise ship lecturers. They are, ahem, always honest. Yeah, right.

A couple of lies that all professional speakers tell –

1. they say make more money than they actually do.

Granted, a speaker might have been paid $1000 for one gig or maybe even more. But that’s not how much they always get paid. How about taking how much you got paid in your last 5 speaking gigs (honestly!) and dividing that up to see how much you really make speaking. For what it’s worth, golfers do the same. Somehow that really bad round or two doesn’t make it into their handicap calculation.

2. they say they are busier than they really are.

“I am busier than a cat covering crap on a marble floor.”

Related: Diary of a Presentation

How many times did you speak in the last year? Again, honest answer. Now divide that into 365. Now is when the speaker is likely to include the non-paying gigs. But they don’t include them in the calculation for number one above.

Interesting, eh?

Why can’t we all give straight answers to straight questions?

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of

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