A touch of background first: A successful, journeyman level speaker, serving associations and corporations, I routinely received fees of $3000 to $5000-6000 for 1 to 3 hours of programs. I got 1 or 2 bookings a week.

What does this mean to you: Start by being truly outstanding at what you do. Build a solid foundation. Stand out from all others. Be unique and unduplicable.

Then, take these actions:

Action 1.:

Market the outcome of your services, and not the services themselves. (I marketed success in the business of speaking. Nobody else did that).

Market the results of your work, not the work itself.

Action 2.

Give a money back Guarantee of success. In writing. With teeth. (The first few years, I gave back some money. Since 1995 nobody has legitimately requested their money back.)

Give a real money-back Guarantee.

Action 3.

Don't allow scoundrels to get at you. Make your Guarantee conditional upon specific performance by the other person. ( Mine is simple. " Do what I guide you to do and document to me that you have done so." That's all.)

Protect yourself from scoundrels.

Action 4.

Do exhaustive research. Spare no expense. Make yourself the very best on earth at what you do. Do more that is required. Do more than is expected. Do more that anyone in their right mind would do.

Be the best, the very best at what you do.

Action 5.

Stimulate referrals. Let your clients or customers know they are rewarded for referring folks who invest in what you offer. Give appropriate gifts, depending on the size of the ticket. My product is $4000 to $6700. I give a choice of gifts, $300 in cash. $300 to their favorite charity in their name. $300 in products.

Reward referrals generously.

Action 6.

Treat people right. Be there for them long after the sale. Care about each client. You've heard this before: "People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care!"

Let the Golden Rule govern your attitudes, your thoughts, your words and your actions.

Action 7.

Don't sell. Instead, market. What's the difference? This: Selling is persuading someone to buy your wares. Marketing is creating conditions under which the buyer is attracted to your offer and decides on their own motion to invest in what you offer. How do you do that? PR. Advertising. Word-of-mouth. In the words of Walt Disney,

Do what you do so well that people can't resist coming back for more and telling their friends to do the same. __________________________________________
These 7 stratagems are some of the methods I've used to move myself from unknown journeyman speaker to respected, successful, well known marketer of the Speaking Success System. You can do the same.

Success in your field is at hand for you now. You can have it if you want it--and you've got to want it enough to have it.

Author's Bio: 

Burt Dubin, a 20 year veteran of the business of speaking, coaches and mentors speakers and wanna-be's world-wide. Burt works with people who want to be speakers and with speakers who want to be masters. The words of his clients, the admiration and respect expressed for his work by some of the world's most successful speakers, testify to the values he delivers. For samples of his
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Burt works with people who want to be speakers and speakers who want to be masters. Resources include the Speaking Success System, Speaking Strategy Reports, Speaking Success Reports, Inner Circle Letter and the SpeakingBizSuccessLetter. Check out many FREE downloadable articles on this site. Why figure it all out for yourself when someone who has traveled this path is available to provide guidance,
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