Just landed my first paid speaking gig! Woohoo!

Last Update: May 10, 2019

Oh my goodness. I just landed my first paid speaking gig.

I'm sooo excited! AND nervous! Woohoo!!! And Eek!!

Remember how I made all these plans to start creating online courses and had the thought I'd like to do them live first?

Well, it's happening.

It's coming together. Piece by piece.

In March, I delivered my first talk on Blogging at a women's networking breakfast and a friend of mine captured it live on video. I uploaded the video to YouTube.

At the end of the month, I'll be presenting another talk for the Entrepreneurs Indaba.

Both of these opportunities are unpaid. I'm sharing knowledge to get my name out there and build authority, much like we do when we offer a free ebook on our website or offer free training to our subscribers.

Paid Opportunies are Coming My Way

The day after my first talk I got offered an opportunity to present a 2-Hour Workshop for a very high powered friend who runs a Digital Marketing Agency.

I haven't prepared that workshop for her yet, it's been a bit of a crazy month and we've both been too busy to finalise the details. This was my first promise of a paid gig.

And this latest opportunity came through the same friend, Dylan Kohlstadt. The Training company had initially booked Dylan for the gig but she won't be available on the day so she referred them to me and they agreed! YAY!!

It's for a Social Media and Marketing Conference in Cape Town which is great, right?

The Part I'm Nervous About...

Only... I don't have that much time to prepare - less than a week.

And because I didn't get to choose the Talk Topics, they are not exactly Topics that roll off the tongue. I'll have to do quite a bit of preparation to be comfortable come Thursday.

I'm delivering two talks. The first one is entitled:

Digital Marketing Trends for 2019

Will have to do my homework on that one.

The second talk is on:

Online Reputation Management

More research required.

All thoughts on these topics WELCOMED. i.e. Heeeelp!!

So I have my work cut out for me. I'm going to EARN my R4k (+-$280).

Fortunately, if there's one thing you learn when you become an online marketer, it's how to do thorough RESEARCH.

There's no time to waste. Best I get to WORK!

BUT not before I've heard your WINS for the week.

What are YOU nervously excited about this week?

TO YOUR SUCCESS



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lakbar12 Premium
Awesome Job, LaurenJean, I know you will do great!

I applaud you with your public speaking, now, that is one area that I have not improved in, maybe one day, I will, who knows.

I am nervously excited about my traffic, will the people like my site content. I sure hope so, but, if not, there is always room to improve.

I 'm, sorry that I do not know much about the digital marketing trends for 2019. Although, I probably should and I have no clue on the other topic.

I've never even heard of online reputation management, it sounds interesting though. Anyhow, I know you will blow this out of the water. Put your game face on, and rock that public speech...This indeed is very inspiring...I wish you all the best this coming Thursday and beyond...
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for your support and encouragement, La'Kisha. Love your comment, you're a Star. Thanks for the killer tips!
Good luck with all that fun traffic that's pouring in... I'm sure your content is just perfect.
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lakbar12 Premium
You're welcome Lauren Jean! and thank you so much you for all of your encouraging words...
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure La'Kisha. I'm so excited for you about your increased traffic.
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LouisaB Premium
Congratulations! Lauren.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Louisa. How's things your side?
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
Congratulations, Lauren. I really hope it goes well.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Steve. Hope so too.
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ExpatMark Premium
Great news Lauren!!

Mark
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for your enthusiasm Mark!
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ValerieJoy Premium
That's all wonderful, Lauren. Congratulations on your continuing success :)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much, Valerie.
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MiaL Premium
Congratulations Lauren!!! This is wonderful news :)
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laurenjean Premium
Love your new profile pic, Melissa. Thanks a mill.
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MiaL Premium
Thanks Lauren. I've always admired people who are great public speakers. It is something that absolutely terrifies me! I know you will be awesome :)
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jlclayton1 Premium
Congratulations, and I have no doubt that you're going to do wonderful!
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, sweet, Janelle. Thanks for your vote of confidence.
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CandP Premium
That's great news, Lauren, we are really pleased for you. All your hard work is definitely starting to pay off.
Colette and Philip
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Colette and Philip. Indeed it is, exciting times! And how's it going your side?
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lesabre Premium
Hi Lauren, Congratulations, That is huge. Must me exciting. All the best,
Michael
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much, Michael. It is indeed.
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Hmp1 Premium
Congratulations and best of luck to you!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks a mill!
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AJTrimble1 Premium
That's exciting. Public speaking is a passion of mine and I would love to get to the point where I'm making a living from it. Well done! :-)
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laurenjean Premium
Oh brilliant, we share the same passion. Hope you land your first paid speaking engagement soon too. Now that you've put it out there, I'm sure you will.
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JackieSmith Premium
Excellent news Lauren! You'll be fine!

As Gabriel mentioned, check out YouTube videos for some tips as well as other platforms.

Wishing you success!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much for your vote of confidence and valuable input Jackie.
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TDomena Premium
Congratulations Lauren! I'm sure you'll do amazing. I want to do more paid live speaking gigs also. They're a lot of fun. You got this in the bag!
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, Thanks for the support and belief in me, Tiffany! Hope you're right. Gulp.
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TDomena Premium
I've watched you for awhile now. You're not new to this online space and you do great research, you present valuable information, and you have a heart to serve others. Most people are looking to improve their results and I believe you have the empathy to relate to them. If you can take your knowledge and give them some tips, you'll be fine.
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laurenjean Premium
Thank You so much for your thoughtful appraisal, Tiffany. I'm blushing.
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TDomena Premium
You're welcome! I truly believe it. You should too. Be confident. No reason to question yourself. You have what it takes. You got this.
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laurenjean Premium
Wow Tiffany, awesome having you in my corner. Wish I could sneak you into the talk in my laptop bag. Hehe.
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AffMktgRt Premium
Congrats Laura,

Another massive milestone has your name chiseled on it.

On some of the topics you had mentioned you may need to do sme research, unless you may have already considered these, may I suggest that you watch some YouTube videos - not all are "new" - by Trend Hunter:

HOW TO WIN THE FUTURE - Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche's Speech on Change & Culture

AI & THE SUPER FUTURE - AI Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche @ Future Festival

Disruptive Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche on Trends & Change

Top 20 Trends in 2019 Forecast - TrendHunter.com's 2019 Trend Report

as well as ClickFunnels CEO

10X Growth Con Russell Brunson 3 Million Dollar Presentation

and

Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi & Russell Brunson LIVE! - KBB Method - Biggest Event In internet History

Of course there are plenty blogs, articles, websites and publications as well as TED event.

Just my humble suggestions.

Blessings
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much for all these, Gabriel! Brilliant. I'm on it.
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AffMktgRt Premium
Laura,

it is what we all do here at WA, share and support one another.

Where we go one, we go all.

Blessings!
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laurenjean Premium
You are so right. Wealthy Affiliate is the best community for support and encouragement. Thanks again Gabriel. I watched 2 hours of YouTube videos in the wee hours of the morning. Found some common trends, feeling more prepared already.
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AffMktgRt Premium
Lauren.

I am happy that you have found value in the videos, surely no wisdom of my own, but that of online marketing and trends giants which we all can benefit from and as they themselves recommend emulate

Please recall the timestamps on some of the videos so your stats and info will be accurate, other than that they are all spot on on the now and on the future.

Your presentation will be solid supported by the 3 amigos and of the Trend Hunter's amazing data.

If I may be so bold to predict, if you present some of the facts in the videos I have recommended to you, you will hear the crowd react and even be shellshock, Such is the disconnect between the so-called society at large and many of us in the "knowledge industry". Just my humble belief.

Blessings!
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