Hi, I'm Kent Julian.
— Host of the Paid to Speak Podcast —
DREAM to DO
Many people DREAM about getting paid to speak, but few see their dreams become reality because they simply don't know what to DO.
The Paid to Speak Podcast will help you grow in both the art of speaking and the business of speaking. Through the podcast, you will learn how to become a great speaker, how to find paid speaking engagements, how to connect with the decision-makers who book speakers, and best of all... how to get paid to speak.
If you want to move from DREAM to DO as a speaker, subscribe to the Paid to Speak Podcast!
I am a professional speaker who knows what it takes to get booked and paid to speak. I've been fortunate to give thousands of presentations for businesses, non-profit organizations, state-wide conferences and conventions, and even national events. I've had the privilege to speak to audiences of a few dozen to over 8,000.
In fact, I'm a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) with the National Speakers Association (NSA), which is the highest designation a speaker can earn with the NSA. Less than 800 professional speakers worldwide have earned this award, which demonstrates just how rare it is in the speaking business.
However, this is not where my speaking story began.
It started earlier in my career when I worked as a youth director for several non-profit organizations. I had been an at-risk kid with severe learning challenges, so I wanted to help teenagers who struggled just like I had. As a youth director, I had the opportunity to speak for free and saw it as a great way to inspire and equip others.
Eventually, I became the Executive Director of a national association. This did two things for my future speaking career. First, it gave me the opportunity to speak more and to speak on larger stages. Second, part of my job included hiring dozens and dozens of speakers. So, even though I didn't realize it at the time, I was learning exactly what worked and DID NOT work when it comes to booking paid speaking engagements.
After almost 20 years in the non-profit world, I started my own business and knew speaking would play a significant role in it.
That's when I discovered I had a MAJOR problem.
I had been speaking a lot, so I knew I was a good presenter. However, I had no clue how to find and book paid speaking engagements!
This led him on a quest to learn everything I could about how to get paid to speak. I went to speaker training conferences, attended webinars, received personal coaching, and even bought lunches for dozens of successful professional speakers.
I studied hard. I worked even harder.
Then it hit me!
Through all this hard work and training, I realized I had already been given a front-row seat to learning how to book paid speaking engagements when I was the Executive Director of a national association. Because I had personally hired so many speakers, I had seen firsthand what to do and, more importantly, what not to do.
It was this firsthand experience that led me to develop my own, unique system that focuses on marketing your speaking services by serving clients BEFORE they book you. And I continue to use this same system today!
The Paid to Speak Podcast.
When you subscribe to the Paid to Speak podcast, you won't just get theory or random motivational speaker tips. Each episode walks you through the behind-the-scene secrets to how to find paid speaking engagements, how to connect with the decision-makers, how to how to become a great speaker, and how to get paid to speak!