Here’s a short tip I learned from my friend Kent Julian over at Live It Forward. He said-
Be the easiest speaker around to work with.
It makes sense as a speaker. If I’m the easiest speaker in the world to work with, conferences are more likely to bring me back, have me do more, and tell others about me.
It makes sense for conference planners and vendors as well. If you’re the easiest person in your field to work with, it will repay you. Word will get around.
We’ve all encountered the dark side of this industry:
- Speakers that are nothing more than overpaid divas
- Vendors that don’t show up
- Conferences that don’t pay invoices
I don’t want to be that person, and I’m sure you don’t either. No matter which side of the fence you’re on- vendor, planner, or speaker- make sure you’re easy to work with, forgiving of trivial issues, and gracious in everything you do.
Dr. Redbeard, one of the easiest speakers in the world to work with
PS- My buddy Kent Julian is not just a friend. He’s an accomplished speaker who has done more to push my business along than anyone else. He teaches speakers how to be better. You can find him at Live It Forward.
Here’s me and Kent together. As you can see, we have the same hairstylist.