Top 5 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should be a Speaker
15 January 2020 • Industry News
As an international speaker, strategic consultant, and an Amazon #1 bestselling author, Christopher Kai has spoken to thousands of entrepreneurs from 30 countries. The single biggest challenge that he sees with entrepreneurs is that they struggle to find a robust pipeline of prospects, clients, and referrals. According to an Inc. magazine article 96% of businesses fail within 10 years. If you have no clients you have no business.
One of the best kept secrets that Christopher is now sharing, is what he calls Next Level Networking. If “networking” is defined as you attending a networking event to potentially find new clients, it can often be difficult, time-consuming, expensive, and fruitless. Perhaps you attend the wrong event and meet no prospects and you spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars with zero return on investment. That isn’t sustainable or an effective use of your time.
Next Level Networking is positioning yourself as a speaker. Here are 5 reasons why every entrepreneur should be a speaker:
1. Lead Generation
Imagine you attend a networking event with 300 people and you hope to find new clients. It is difficult to navigate any room with 300 or even 30 people if you don’t know who to talk to or what to say. It can be awkward, frustrating, and time-consuming. However, if you are invited as a speaker, instead of you reaching out to 300 people those 300 people see you speaking. One of the most challenging things about networking is being able to stand out. As a speaker, you are literally standing on a stage in the most visible role. As a result, your prospective clients approach you.
2. Save Money
Conference organizers will offer you free admission. Christopher has spoken at numerous events where they have also offered him a number of free tickets for guests as well. Over the course of years, you will save thousands of dollars on conference fees.
3. VIP Status
You will often have a “speaker” or “VIP” badge which allows you premium access at the event and especially at “speaker-only” rooms where you will be networking and mingling with other speakers and headliners at the conference. When you walk throughout the conference, having a speaker or VIP badge also conveys a certain prestige and status.
4. Travel the World for Free
Though he is based in Beverly Hills, California, Christopher has traveled around the world as a keynote speaker. In just the last year, he visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Georgia, Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, Palestine. In the coming months, Christopher will be visiting Anchorage, Alaska, Toronto, Canada, Kingston, Jamaica, and Zurich, Switzerland. These are all free trips because the event organizers are paying for his travel expenses.
5. Extra Revenue Stream
Professional speaking can be a very lucrative full-time or part-time career. Speakers can be paid thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per speech depending on their experience and knowledge of a particular topic.
If you want to be the successful 4% of entrepreneurs that build a sustainable business, learn Next Level Networking and become a speaker. A non-profit named Toastmasters can teach you how to be a great speaker but finding coaches or specific programs that teach you how to be a paid speaker can accelerate the process.
You are cheating the world from your wisdom if you do not share it on stage as a speaker. You will grow your business, travel the world for free, and inspire the masses with your unique message – a true gift to the world.
You can catch Christopher as part of the AIME 2020 Knowledge Exchange, click here to learn more.