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kygofan15
kygofan15

I dig it, @BrianF! Can't go wrong with classic rock.

BrianF
BrianF

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@kygofan15 I usually listen to classic rock and stand up comedy (it gets me in a relaxed, fun mood).

BrianF
BrianF

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@vegforlife Good question... I don't have an MBA, so I can't say from personal experience. However, I have several friends with MBA's who have told me they are more or less useless and not necessary to start and grow a profitable, thriving business (their words, not mine). If you want success in business, start by finding a problem and being (or providing) a solution to the problem.

kygofan15
kygofan15

Hey Brian, do you have a playlist that you listen to before you speak to a large group? If so, what songs are on it?

vegforlife
vegforlife

Hi Brian - I was wondering if you think that getting an MBA is worth it and will have a significant impact on my small business's success? Thanks!

BrianF
BrianF

@KalenMarie Second part- I realized I could probably do it full time when I began producing products & resources (a dvd of my speech, a cd, and eventually books) that supplemented the speaking fee I was being paid to come and talk. With as much as one talk was producing, I simply did the math: If I make an average of X amount of dollars per speech, and do 1-3 speeches per month, that equals .... (whatever that amount was, and it was more side money per event than I'd made in a month in the military). That's when I knew it was possible. Hope this answers your question! Feel free to ask more if you'd like. And be sure to check out the free video series I have at: www.speakingmadesimple.com - If you'd like it all simply laid out with a roadmap to success you can follow, join my program at: www.useyourstory.com - we'd love to have you as part of our community. :)

BrianF
BrianF

@KalenMarie The first time I was ever paid to speak was at a patriotic rally my first mentor invited me to be at. I was still living at the medical center and wrapped up in burn bandages. He pulled me on stage to speak for 2-3 minutes and tell a piece of my story. I didn't know it, but he ended up sending me a check for $500. He later told me the bigger lesson in that was that it was important I know and believe people will pay me to share what I know (i.e. if he paid me to speak, others would, too). My first solo talk was a few months later at a church in Fort Lauderdale where I knew people. I called them and told them I'd be in town for Veteran's Day if they'd like to have me come as a patriotic speaker for their congregation. They loved it and paid me a little to come (more than I'd ever made in an entire week in my life at that point).

KalenMarie
KalenMarie

What was your first paid speaking gig and how did that come about? Second part - when did you realize that you could do this full time and make a great living at it?


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