There is an audio version below.
As you read this, I’m about to board a flight from Maui, Hawaii to Madrid, Spain. I’m speaking at an event in Madrid, and then flying to Marrakech, Morocco to speak at another event. The company paid me a $10,000 speaking fee and covered all of my expenses.
If you had told me this would be my life four years ago, I would have laughed at you. I delivered bread and never touched computers. I had done some traveling while I was younger but hadn’t as an adult because I couldn’t afford it.
It took 12 years of existing, and four years of work hard to arrive at a day like today. It took overcoming so many obstacles, which included people that I loved. As I board the flight, I’m smiling as I think about the implications of this trip.
Changing Your View of Reality
The one message that I took away from September is THINK BIGGER! It was a surreal month. I signed $50,000 in speaking contracts for four international conferences. I signed a four-figure a month consulting contract with a company in Milwaukee, and the CEO hired me for some personal coaching. I got my first paid writing gig. And, I started working with 16 new coaching clients.
I had some cool wins, but what my clients did excites me the most. Three of my clients signed a total of $165,000 in consulting contracts. Four booked paid speaking gigs, three of the events being international. 14 clients were published in 8 different publications for the first time. They took massive action and reaped the rewards.
I’ve been hitting on this message the last few months, and I see dreamers every day getting ahold of it. We have so much knowledge and so many skills that translate beyond the “online space.” You can take what you learn here, and book mainstream opportunities. Instead of being “Internet Famous” (Thanks, Berni), you could book the bigger deals and travel the world spreading a message you’re passionate about.
The opportunity is there; September proved that to me. No, it’s not easy. You can’t just publish two articles and then BOOM. It takes a ton of work. I’ve been publishing articles on publications for a year now and have over 350 published. If you’re willing to put in the work, you will reap the rewards. I just want you to see that there are more opportunities available when you think bigger
Now is the time for you to start thinking about, and planning your 2016. Now is the time to get honest about what you want for your life and how you’re going to go after it in 2016. Get a vision for your dream life. Feel it and see yourself living it. Create a vision board. I want to see you win in 2016. I want to celebrate with you.
How to Book Paid Speaking (Short Version)
To become an international speaker, you need a few things. 1. A little experience speaking. Start at your local Chamber of Commerce. You may speak for free, but it’s to business owners–you could walk away with business. Get video of you speaking and testimonials. 2. Find international events that pay. Use Google or a site like Lanyrd.com. 3. Hustle. This one is obvious. 4. The ability to present. Practice, watch TED talks, read books, get experience. 5. The right tools (pictured here). Here’s to you and a full year of speaking in 2016!
What are some of your major goals for 2016?