100 billion dollars is spent every year on events where speakers are hired. This does not include other income that speakers may derive from book sales and other BOR (back of room) products.
There were 1.8 billion events last year in the US alone
Average speaker income from speaking is $177K per annum
*Statistics provided by NSA
To be a paid speaker you:
must have faced and overcome tragedy
are famous or well known
have impressive credentials (a list of letters after your name)
are good looking
have some special skill or talent
have a successful track record
have made a sex tape
These might help but you can still be a successful paid speaker without any of these attributes or actions.
Select a problem to solve
Prepare a talk
Establish yourself as an expert
Acquire paid speaking gigs
Know how to scale
Borrowed from Grant Baldwin
TARGET YOUR CUSTOMERS
What's your industry or target market?
More about them:
Sex, ages, professions etc.
You're more likely to hit a target that you've defined.
WHAT'S YOUR SPEAKING STYLE?
A Captivating Speaker is a combination of all of these?
What's your ONE thing?