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Tips for getting started in public speaking

Posted: August 24, 2009 8:08 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2009 8:06 p.m.
Most musicians are satisfied to let their music do the talking. But occasionally one will agree to do a public speaking event. Duff McKagan, former bass guitarist for Guns N' Roses, spoke at one of my seminars. When a musician does decide to speak, it often becomes a fascinating look at the music industry from an insider's perspective.

RockStars need to become professional speakers, or at the least, part-time speakers. I talked about this before, but it's important, so I'm going to elaborate on it. There are several reasons that it's a great idea to learn to be an effective public speaker. It can be very lucrative. It's also the fastest way to become an expert and celebrity in your industry.

You can become a good speaker through trial and error, learning by making bad speeches until you get better. But I suggest hiring a Professional Speaker Coach. They know speaking the way I know marketing, and they can teach you the "tricks of the trade." That cuts years off your learning curve, and it's well worth the money.

RockStars know that it's not enough to just sell e-books, or do public speaking engagements. You need to explore many different ways to generate income. If you do it intelligently, these multiple streams of income will result in a wave of money for you!

About Craig Duswalt
Craig Duswalt is a professional speaker and the creator and author of Craig Duswalt's RockStar System For Success - How to Achieve RockStar Status in Your Industry. Craig is also a very popular and entertaining keynote speaker and a marketing coach who uses "outside-the-box thinking" tools to change the way entrepreneurs do business.

Craig's background includes touring with Guns N' Roses, as Axl Rose's personal manager, and Air Supply, as the band's personal assistant. Craig was also an award-winning copywriter, working as a senior copywriter for a Los Angeles-based ad agency until opening up his own ad agency, Green Room Design & Advertising, which was named the 2002 Santa Clarita Valley Small Business of the Year.

Craig combines his backgrounds in both music and marketing, and he teaches numerous ways to save a ton of money on marketing and advertising; and how to become perceived as a celebrity and an expert in your business where potential clients will come to you instead of you having to go after them.

Craig holds 2 large RockStar Marketing BootCamps every year, in March and September, in Los Angeles.


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