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“Emulate to learn, innovate to earn” – Mark Sanborn

Is it possible to do what you love and feel passionate about, and still make a good living? Why not find out from some of the top speakers in America. This book includes interviews with 26 professional speakers, including four former National Speakers Association presidents: Patricia Fripp, Mark Sanborn, Gina Schrek and Joe Sabah.

Find out what caused them to originally launch speaking careers, what they learned about sustaining their careers in tough economic times, and what motivates them to keep getting up there in front of people year after year.

If you think you might like to consider a career in public speaking, first learn from the best! Wouldn’t you like to know how often top speakers present and what their typical fee is? How do they keep their business growing? Do they use a publicist? What creative ways have they found to utilize the internet and social media to more effectively sell themselves and their products? Where do they find their best content and inspiration as top speakers?Finding Speaking Success - Mentoring Tips from the Masters

Whether you want to earn a six figure income as a speaking professional, or simply learn what the masters already know, Finding Speaking Success will reveal many of the answers you seek.

Some of their answers may surprise you. Why do some speakers recommend lessons in acting, comedy, and improv? What are they doing now, that they wish they had started sooner? Want to hear about their most humbling or embarrassing moments while speaking? How is the profession changing with the proliferation of webinars and video conferencing?

Time to turn to the masters for all of the answers! 26 highly successful professional speakers are interviewed in volume 1 in over 250 pages.

About the authors

Laura Lee Carter, CoauthorLaura Lee Carter spent the first twenty-five years of her professional life as an academic librarian.  With graduate degrees in librarianship, history and counseling psychology, her specialty has always been in-depth research in medicine and psychology.  In 2004, she lost her job as a reference librarian, thus setting her free to search for her real reason to be here.

She first tried her hand at running her own matchmaking service, found love again herself at age 49, and is now best known online as the “Midlife Crisis Queen.”  Through her articles, blogs, books and life change coaching, Laura Lee now offers her services to those needing guidance to transform their lives.  Her own life has taught her, there are indeed: “Do-overs before it’s all over!”

Her books thus far include: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside, The Midlife Change Workbook, and she has an essay in the new book: In Our Prime: Empowering essays by women on love, family, career, aging and just coping.

Laura Lee decided to take on the challenge of co-creating this 50 Interviews book, to explore her own interest in the art of professional speaking.  Laura Lee continues to enjoy growing her ever expanding speaking business.  Her audiences make it all worthwhile!

You can find Laura Lee online at:

mug-hatBrian Schwartz is the award winning author and creator of 50 Interviews. In 2009, he released the first title in the series; 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times. Prior to becoming an ‘authorpreneur,’ he spent 13+ years in corporate America in a variety of sales roles including IBM and several technology startups. In 2008 he set out to interview 50 successful entrepreneurs before quitting his job (at the request of his wife). In doing so, he uncovered several key distinctions between those who are successful and those who are not.

The catalyst for Finding Speaking Success was rooted in his desire to become a paid professional speaker.  Following the same framework he used to become a successful entrepreneur, Brian did in fact emerge prior to the completion of this book as a paid professional speaker.  Today, Brian is speaking 2-3x per month and enjoying every minute of it.

Today, Brian’s passion is rooted in the company he started tomentor others through the 50 Interviews framework to become authors themselves, and reinvent their own futures. He has been featured on NBC, CBS, and in the Denver Business Journal discussing 50 Interviews.

You can find Brian online at:

Laura Lee Carter spent the first twenty-five years of her professional life as an academic librarian.  With graduate degrees in librarianship, history and counseling psychology, her specialty has always been in-depth research in medicine and psychology.  In 2004, she lost her job as a reference librarian, thus setting her free to search for her real reason to be here.
She first tried her hand at running her own matchmaking service, found love again herself at age 49, and is now best known online as the “Midlife Crisis Queen.”  Through her articles, blogs, books and life change coaching, Laura Lee now offers her services to those needing guidance to transform their lives.  Her own life has taught her, there are indeed: “Do-overs before it’s all over!”
Her books thus far include: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside, The Midlife Change Workbook, and she has an essay in the new book: In Our Prime: Empowering essays by women on love, family, career, aging and just coping.
Laura Lee decided to take on the challenge of co-creating this 50 Interviews book, to explore her own interest in the art of professional speaking.  Laura Lee continues to enjoy growing her ever expanding speaking business.  Her audiences make it all worthwhile!
Website:  www.LauraLeeCarter.com
Blog:  http://MidlifeCrisisQueen.com
Blog:   http://AgingResearch.Wordpress.com
Laura Lee Carter spent the first twenty-five years of her professional life as an academic librarian.  With graduate degrees in librarianship, history and counseling psychology, her specialty has always been in-depth research in medicine and psychology.  In 2004, she lost her job as a reference librarian, thus setting her free to search for her real reason to be here.
She first tried her hand at running her own matchmaking service, found love again herself at age 49, and is now best known online as the “Midlife Crisis Queen.”  Through her articles, blogs, books and life change coaching, Laura Lee now offers her services to those needing guidance to transform their lives.  Her own life has taught her, there are indeed: “Do-overs before it’s all over!”
Her books thus far include: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside, The Midlife Change Workbook, and she has an essay in the new book: In Our Prime: Empowering essays by women on love, family, career, aging and just coping.
Laura Lee decided to take on the challenge of co-creating this 50 Interviews book, to explore her own interest in the art of professional speaking.  Laura Lee continues to enjoy growing her ever expanding speaking business.  Her audiences make it all worthwhile!
Website:  www.LauraLeeCarter.com
Blog:  http://MidlifeCrisisQueen.com
Blog:   http://AgingResearch.Wordpress.comLaura Lee Carter spent the first twenty-five years of her professional life as an academic librarian.  With graduate degrees in librarianship, history and counseling psychology, her specialty has always been in-depth research in medicine and psychology.  In 2004, she lost her job as a reference librarian, thus setting her free to search for her real reason to be here.
She first tried her hand at running her own matchmaking service, found love again herself at age 49, and is now best known online as the “Midlife Crisis Queen.”  Through her articles, blogs, books and life change coaching, Laura Lee now offers her services to those needing guidance to transform their lives.  Her own life has taught her, there are indeed: “Do-overs before it’s all over!”
Her books thus far include: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside, The Midlife Change Workbook, and she has an essay in the new book: In Our Prime: Empowering essays by women on love, family, career, aging and just coping.
Laura Lee decided to take on the challenge of co-creating this 50 Interviews book, to explore her own interest in the art of professional speaking.  Laura Lee continues to enjoy growing her ever expanding speaking business.  Her audiences make it all worthwhile!
Website:  www.LauraLeeCarter.com
Blog:  http://MidlifeCrisisQueen.com
Blog:   http://AgingResearch.Wordpress.com