Jason Hewlett as Emcee, Speaker & Performer at RootsTech 2017

 

The response to the How To Make a Career From Stage online course has been incredible.  To receive feedback saying it has changed a new speaker or performer’s life is what we were hoping for, so thank you for responding so favorably!

There are questions as to what to do if not even at the level of ready to make the jump and start the career.

“What if I just want to start speaking/performing more?  Not necessarily make a career of it.  What do I do first?”

Great questions.  Here are my best suggestions if you’re beginning from scratch:

  1. Attend your local National Speakers Association meeting – see what others are doing, learn from them, form masterminds with those in your same boat to learn together.
  2. Watch the Speakers/Entertainers you want to emulate.  No need to copy, rather just see what they’ve done to open your eyes as to how you can create what you want as well.
  3. Create a Web Site & Buy a URL.  This may sound like a daunting, time consuming task.  It doesn’t have to be.  Just get a WordPress site, add a photo, your contact info, and write a blog about what you do.  Then head over to GoDaddy, type in your name, and buy the web site URL for less than $20 most likely.  Now you’re really getting started!
  4. If you have a chance to perform or speak – say, you’re tasked in your job to speak at training events – this is the perfect opportunity to capture what you are currently doing.  Video it.  Record audio.  The reasons for that are 2-fold:
    1. To study yourself and improve rapidly.
    2. To have video that shows you on stage to get more gigs.
  5. Once you’ve captured some video, load it to YouTube or Facebook and create your own Channel or Fan Page.  Begin to create your own “Celebrity”.
  6. At the events you speak at, take pictures with the client, audience, and record what people have to say about you – this becomes your “Testimonials” page.
  7. If you don’t have any speaking/performing opportunities here is what you do:
    1. Volunteer at anything and everything – church, your kid’s school, sports teams, community, Rotary club, retirement centers, etc.  There are so many places to volunteer and hone your skills you’d be surprised, it’s just a matter of letting people know you’re available.
    2. Once you feel you are getting pretty good, you can begin to charge some money.  Maybe even just $50 for “gas and travel money”, but at least it’s something to see you can earn money doing it.  Who knows, maybe you’re so great they’ll offer to pay you right away?
    3. Post online and everywhere that you are a Performer and willing to do shows, whether kid’s parties, weddings, or school events.  Some of my first gigs were funerals….seriously dead crowds….but I did the events because it taught me quickly what gigs I didn’t want to do ever again.  Same with speaking.
  8. Capture information.  Begin collecting the names of people interested in following you and send out emails regularly.  This would include writing a consistent blog about your topic, or sharing videos of your awesome show.  But it’s up to you to let everyone know how great you are, and eventually others will share your awesomeness.

If you’re not looking to make a living at your future career just yet, and it’s currently a hobby, these practices I’ve shared above will help any and everyone interested in doing more than just dreaming about it.

Once you’ve done what I’ve suggested above, and you have questions as to how to make more money, how to accelerate your career to new heights, then I recommend you invest the money in your career and the online course offered on this site.  Until then, this should keep you busy creating the next steps.

Best wishes in your pursuit!

~ jason hewlett

Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration.  Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys.  He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite.  jasonhewlett.com

Please click here to learn about how Jason Hewlett, Speaker Hall of Fame, introduces the opportunity for you, or someone you love, to have the gift of learning how to create a Career From the Stage and begin moving toward fulfilling a lifelong dream as a full-time speaker, performer, or entertainer.

To hire Jason to speak at your next event, inspire and uplift, entertain and engage, please contact Karen Harris at jasonbookings@cmispeakers.com

Comments

  1. Roscoe

    Great Advice Jason! I have been getting my name out there for Free Speeches and I am finding more and more people that can help me make this reality.

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