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Speaking Series

met with an event planner, Margie on Wednesday. She used to be the main event planner for a large non profit before she went out on her own last year.

I have wanted to produce an event call Your 1 Day MBA for over five years, but I need someone to manage the event. After a very short conversation, Margie agreed to work with me on the event! Hurray!

After we talked about the details and have decided what we need to do next and how we will plan it out, we moved on to talk about another idea I’ve had for more than five years which is a speakers series.

Margie got very excited about the idea. She’ll approach the 46 chambers of commerce in the Bay Area and offer a monthly educational program for the members of the chamber. They will decide on a price they feel comfortable charging for the event. The chamber and the speaker will keep 40% of the revenue each and Margie will retain 20% of the revenue. I also suggested the speaker share 50% of the revenue 50/50 on any back-of-the-room or after market sales such as training or class.

Even if only 20 people attend, it is a great revenue generator for everyone concerned. Team work is a great way to go! Everyone gains by working together and when you find someone who has the work ethic, there is no limit to what you can accomplish together.

Speaking at Meetups

I was invited to speak at a Meetup group in Pleasant Hill on Wednesday and I’m fond of saying “Give me an audience and I’ll be there.”

There were about 20 people there, all women except one. The Meetup leader, Rachel Capil had asked me to do my “7 Techniques to Thrive in Any Economy” presentation.

I got there early enough to enjoy a yogurt and sat outside in the beautiful sunshine.

They were so welcoming and friendly. I had a great conversation with several people before the group got started, so I felt very much at home.

I love to weave my stories in between giving pertinent business techniques. It allows the audience to engage better with me and then they’re more receptive to the business skills. They’ll remember the information long and they’re more likely to do something with the information.

I speak at my Speakers and Authors every month, but it’s great to speak at other Meetups as well. The groups are very receptive and I have a lot of fun speaking in front of any audience.

The great thing is speaking at any Meetup group is great practice for getting your stories and timing down.