Go To Every Show You Can

    How many shows, if you’re a showman, did you attend last month? How many speeches, if you’re a speaker, did you watch? Last week while in Utah I watched my friend Dan Clark in SLC at his Training on Speaking, in the morning and afternoon.  That evening went to WiseGuys Comedy Club to support my friend and comedian, Steve Soelberg. Later that night when I returned home, watched 2 Netflix comedy specials to wind down and go to sleep. This week I attended VidAngel’s newest platform, Family Night Out, in Provo, where motivational and inspirational speakers come together
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Create As Much As You Can

  One of the greatest challenges a new artist, speaker, or performer experiences early on is getting gigs.  So they spend a majority of their time working on material to be good enough to get gigs. Rightly so. But eventually the challenge shifts – the performer has a great show, the comedian a pretty much perfect act, the speaker all of her stories are proven, this after years of tweaking to get it right – and once this happens you are no longer in creation mode. We have all been there.  It is tough to not tell the good stories
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Sometimes Plan B is the Correct One

  When I was young I wanted to be an NBA basketball player.  That was Plan A.  I also wanted to be a performer and entertainer, speaker and figure of influence, but I knew that was a long shot, since so few make a career of that. Looking back I have to laugh.  Making the NBA is way more improbable, but in my young mind it was the way I would go. Amazing to think that Plan B turned out to be the path for me. I have found that when someone either doesn’t have the natural talent for a
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What Percentage Should My Agent Get?

  If you are just starting out in the speaking or entertainment industry, I don’t recommend you try to get an agent right away.  The reason being is that most of the time it’s not affordable, and it’s more valuable for you to learn how to get work yourself, as it will serve you your entire career. Once you get to a level where you need an agent, or someone booking you and taking a percentage, the question often arises as to what they should take from the gross.  This blog post is merely a response to the questions as
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How to Land Gigs at Schools

  Here’s a Q&A for those interested in my suggestions for getting work as a speaker at schools, as right now is primetime to get these events!  If you’ve experienced something different please comment below.   As an introduction, I have spoken to hundreds of schools, (it feels like) thousands of assemblies, and in the hundreds of thousands of kids through the years.  It is a wonderful opportunity to influence the youth, and although I don’t do as much at schools anymore (focusing on keynote speaking for corporate events), here are some tips to making this type of gig work
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The Importance of Your Promo Video

  One of the most painful experiences for me has been filming video footage for the promotion of my speaking and performing.  Capture footage of me on stage?  No problem.  But stick a camera in my face and ask me what I want to say, and I freeze up so painfully you may not believe it. I don’t know if you can relate. I have devoted to making a new promotional video annually.  Bring the Pain!!!  And I have worked with some wonderful companies and individuals, whom I still recommend for certain aspects and shoots, since they have helped me
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What’s in Your Back Pocket?

  This past week acting as Emcee for Paparazzi (one of my favorite clients ever, 2,000 screaming women is always fun, although getting to the bathroom in less than an hour due to selfies can become frustrating in a good way…) in Las Vegas I was given instructions as to what was needed: Day 1 – 10 minutes to open the day, introduce the speakers, intro the Founders, and then do a quick 5 minute wrap up. Day 2 – Same as before. Day 3 – 10 minutes to open the day, introduce Fall Line Fashion Show, deliver my Keynote
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Bring It Even When You’re Tired

  If you’ve spent any time on stage you know the most important thing, other than preparation, is to BRING IT once you’re out there. Even after long travel days, sleepless hotel nights, all that’s happened to you no longer matters the second you are introduced. Here is a video where I share my thoughts before going on stage as Emcee for Paparazzi, over 2,000 screaming women at this event, glitter & jewelry everywhere, with as much energy as I bring, they bring it, too. How do you?     ~ jason   Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE
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The Secret of Customization

  Last week, my fellow speakers and I pulled off a surprise Village People remake of YMCA/ CPAE for the CPAE Hall of Fame banquet at the NSA National Speakers Association Influence Conference. My friend, Eric Chester, contacted me back in October with the idea, as he would host the banquet.  We kept it a secret for 8 months.  Invited only other CPAE Hall of Fame Speakers to participate, and had one rehearsal the day of the event. It took me about a month to get the tracks and record background vocals, and then another few weeks to figure out
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It’s Not About You

In response to my last article about the speaker who showed up unprepared and was disinterested in being a professional, I received a response from one of my favorite speakers on the planet – and he also happens to be one of my dearest friends.   Dr. Paul Jenkins wrote in response: “Here’s the main thing I’ve learned as a speaker – It’s not about you!”   I concur. Think about it for yourself, in speaking, in business, in marriage, in every aspect of life you can consider, this is sound advice from Dr. Paul.   ~ jason   Jason
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