I’m on the road again…this time in Denver, Colorado to serve as a keynote speaker for a nonprofit conference being held at a local university.
Something interesting you may know about Colorado is that the state recently passed a law legalizing marijuana. My driver told me a bit about it on the ride from the airport and how the law is already helping the city’s economy.
But I still did a double take when I checked into my hotel.
Along with the basic formalities, they also made me sign a paper saying I wouldn’t smoke marijuana in the room.
I immediately busted out laughing (to the surprise of the older gentleman who was checking me in) because the whole situation made me think back to Chris Rock’s hilarious spoof-song from 1999, “No Sex in the Champagne Room.”
Remember that one? My man Gerald Levert broke it all the way down in the chorus!
Except here in Denver, the song in my head is “No Marijuana in the Hotel Room.”
All I can say is…times are definitely changing in the United States. And now Denver is the “Mile High City” in more ways than one. Ha!
Anyway, I’ll be teaching my most frequently-requested workshop today, exploring a bit of the city and hopefully enjoying a nice bison steak for dinner later tonight. (I’ve heard they raise a lot of buffalo out this way.)
It’s amazing how my business has given me the opportunity to travel to so many places around the country over the past 6 years. As a speaker, I get to share my message of empowerment with various audiences and explore new cities in the process.
I continue to be grateful and humbled by this work, by the blessing to be able to stand on stage and invite people to think deeply about their lives and encourage them to do things differently.
What I’ve learned about building a successful speaking career is that you must:
- Tell your story. Stories are powerful and hold a ton of value for us as human beings. You never know how sharing your own experiences could inspire someone else to change their life, enhance their career or grow their business.
- Teach what you know. Organizations and associations hold meetings, events and conferences all year-round, on every topic under the sun. There are people out there who would benefit from your expertise, you just have to put yourself out there and make yourself known.
- Charge money for your services. This is kind of stating the obvious, but it’s the main reason why most people don’t get paid to speak. They’re so honored to be asked that they just never ask for payment.
By the way, if you really want to know how to get started in the professional speaking industry, I’ve put together a useful resource for you here —> startyourspeakingcareer.com
There are so many ways to make a difference in this world.
Teaching is my way.