Tax Advice: How to Write-Off Your Donated Events

Jason Hewlett of JHETraining.com for Speakers & Entertainers,   It is that exciting time of year!  Tax Time!  Hope you’re ready, because it’s creeping up fast. We begin with the saddest tax story a performer ever told: “A few years into my career I was being asked to do so many donated performances and speeches that I finally realized I could just write them all off for a tax deduction! Excitedly, I told my wife of my plan and we found this to be a great way to not only still be in front of people on stages but to also tell
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When to do Trade for Your Performance

  Jason Hewlett of JHETraining.com for Speakers & Entertainers,  The Trading Post was an essential part of expansion into the western frontier and making the wild wild west of Northern America begin to function like a civilized society.  It took some practice.  When trades went wrong people were killed; when trades went well you were trusted and became a part of the family. The same is true for the wild frontier of your new speaking and performing empire.  When to trade and when not to is the question, and can lead to your survival or doom, depending on who you
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How to Say No

  For Speakers & Performers I received this message recently from a fellow speaker.  See if you can relate: Hi Jason!  I enjoyed taking your course and I’m enjoying your blog posts. I have a question that maybe you can answer to me or address in a future post, as I read them all. I’m curious what you do about too many free speaking requests. I want to be the nice guy and I’d love to honor everything, but it’s just too much sometimes. Of course I’d love to be paid, and honestly, if they were paying gigs I’d probably
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On Becoming The Lightning Rod

  Hello Speakers & Performers, When I began my career as a showman I was white bread – chloroform – attentive to the need of every audience demanding to be completely entertained by my G-Rated family-friendly show no matter the pain I suffered or the challenge it entailed. I thrived on being able to appease everyone. Somewhere along the line my perfectionism began taking hits on a consistent basis. If it wasn’t the old lady telling me I was too fat to be a Ricky Martin impersonator, or the guy who told me I’d never be successful singing the songs
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How To Create Opportunities For Yourself to Speak

  Of the hundreds that have asked to pick my brain over lunch, and the few I can actually give that time to, the same question comes up time and time again for the budding, and even seasoned, Speaker/Performer: How do I get events and opportunities to speak/perform?  I throw out random ideas that are almost too simple for the listener to conceive of. What?  Of course I belong to an association, but I can’t offer to speak there, that’s by invitation only!  Wait a minute, you’re suggesting I offer to speak at church!?  No, that’s not possible, there’s just
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Take Photos with Your Clients

  Hello Fellow Speakers & Performers looking to ramp up your (show) business. This one almost seems too simple to type up and recommend, devoting an entire blog post to one basic concept. But here it is: Take Photos with Your Clients! What can you do with these photos? Put them on your web site Print them and put in your scrapbook Post what they said about your speech on social media Print and frame them, sign the frame, and send to Client Look at them when you are sad When scrolling through pics you can remember this person and
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The Importance of Practice

  Over the past 3 months I have been coaching a Jr. Jazz team of boys in our neighborhood along with another dedicated Dad, Jeff Hyer. Jr. Jazz is a youth program to teach kids basketball.  We decided to start a team among our boys in cub scouts. Last Saturday’s game we only lost by 40 points. You see, these boys, most of them, have never touched a ball, let alone know how to catch one, dribble, pass, or play the game, it just hasn’t been a part of their young lives yet. Equally, me as a first-time coach, I
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Career Course Introduces NEW Videos

  For the past year this web site, JHETraining.com, has been a place for Speakers, Entertainers, and Entrepreneurs to see business through my perspective in blog form, as well as online course offerings. If you purchased the “How To Make A Career From Stage” online course, first of all, I hope you signed in and checked it out! Many commented to me through the year that the videos were good but they wanted more explanation and examples. Well, friends, it only took a year of finally capturing the footage in a training setting, as well as in my home, to
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Don’t Do Everything

  Yesterday in my office sat one of the most successful people I know. Business owner of a very well respected company in the field of engineering. Creator and Trainer of a brand new course for city transportation needs. Keynote Speaker for a few large events per month. Volunteer for many groups, networking guru, marketing strategist. Spouse, mentor, helper. Mother. This real life Wonder Woman wanted some mentoring to find out how she could make the final jump to Full-Time Keynote Speaker. Asking about her life and lifestyle she wants, obviously family comes first, and time with them is invaluable…so
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How To Keep Your Voice During Flu Season

  Over the past 2 months I have seen more messages on Facebook of my fellow Speakers, Singers, Trainers, Coaches, and friends begging for help, solutions, and concoctions to save their voice during this season of sickness. I haven’t been sick enough to miss a performance ever in my 18 year career.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t do all it took to get through certain gig, but I haven’t had a real lost my voice from sickness in years.   DISCLAIMER: I’m not a Doctor.  I never even went to college.  So consult a physician before you say I told
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