Bob Bly Direct Response Copywriter Official Banner

The Strange World of Professional Speaking

January 16th, 2006 by Bob Bly

It amazes me that people get paid much more to talk about their job, skill, or area of expertise — as professional speakers — than they do to actually DO their job.

Example: As Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan holds the fate of the U.S. economy in his hands, and in return is paid $180,000 to work the entire year managing it.

When he retires from the Fed, I heard on the radio today, he will join the pro speaking circuit — where he will get paid $150,000 to give a one-hour talk about the economy.

Am I the only one who sees a disconnect in these disparate payscales?

Share

This entry was posted on Monday, January 16th, 2006 at 5:59 pm and is filed under General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

29 responses about “The Strange World of Professional Speaking”

  1. Brendon Sinclair said:

    Hello Bob

    It’s all about value.

    I used to manage a bunch of speakers, our most expensive one being $6,000. For that you’d get an hour from a guy who had some very limited business success but managed to create a story about it that the “I want to be a millionaire in 5 minutes but I don’t want to actually have to work” crowd loved to hear.

    He once did a speech which attracted 400 people.

    The amount of merchandise the organiser sold (books, CD, tapes, etc) was in excess of $100,000. The profit on that was high.

    Companies will happily pay $150,000 for a speaker whose perceived value is so high. They can invite along key accounts and impress them, gain media coverage of the event, etc. With that sort of leverage the value is probably there.

    Cheers

    Brendon

  2. Joel Heffner said:

    When the Fed chairman steps down, he will no longer be an economist…he will become a celebrity. People will pay him because he will draw a crowd…not for what he says. As a celebrity, he is competing with other celebrities, not economists. Celebrities are in demand, workers are a dime-a-dozen. 🙂

    Joel

  3. Steve Slaunwhite said:

    It’s Alan status as a celebrity that is earning him the big bucks on the speaking circuit, not his insights into the economy. He’s a draw and, therefore, worth every penny to the event planners who hire him.

    Non-celebrity speakers, by contrast, have to rely on a compelling topic and a heck of a lot of marketing to make their average of $5,000 per speech. And the competition is fierce.

  4. Richard Armstrong said:

    if his speeches are anything like the ones he gave as fed chairman, they’re going to have to pay someone *two* hundred thousand to explain what he said!

  5. JD Withers said:

    Steve (above) is absolutely correct – when it comes to determining what audiences will pay for, celebrity status trumps both knowledge and speaking skills.

  6. Mike Stelzner said:

    Hey Bob;

    You know the old saying. You get paid $20 for your book, $30 for your audio of a section of the book, $300 an hour to talk on the phone about your book and thousands to present about it. It is simply about content repackaged.

    Odd huh!

    Mike Stelzner

  7. Farrukh said:

    Hi Bob,

    One hour of a true expert could have a lifetime of wisdom in it.

    I don’t know if this applies to the person being discussed though.

    I’d gladly shell out some dough for sharing a few enlightening moments with Neil French, Indra Sinha, or the wanderting spirit of an advertising legend.

    Farrukh
    copywriter, journalist, etc

  8. Richard Kerr said:

    First man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong charges quite a fortune for public speaking, although he just flatly refuses to talk about the one subject everyone is paying to hear.. What it was like to walk on the Moon!. Go figure.

    Cheers,
    Richard Kerr
    Web Design and Marketing

  9. Richard said:

    I guess people are just happy to see the first man who walked on the moon. He probably doesn/yt have to say anything and people will still show up.

    Richard Johnston

  10. wedding favors said:

    I am looking unique wedding favors
    I have find some results But I think this one is good.

  11. Lorne said:

    Does anyone know how / where/when I could bring my young son to see Neil Armstrong Speak anywhere in 2009? Please drop me an email. thanks, Lorne

  12. Mirna Slipper said:

    This web page might be a stroll-by means of for every one of the details you wished about this and didn’t know who to request. Glimpse right here, and also you’ll certainly uncover it.

  13. Jordan Ziglar said:

    This web page is mainly a stroll-by signifies of for every one of the facts you desired about this and didn’t know who to question. Glimpse suitable right here, and also you’ll undoubtedly uncover it.

  14. Adrian Pitka said:

    Real sunny in a row can be found on this blog.

  15. uanmembers epfoservices said:

    download UAN passbook online from UAN official portal. Also know your PF account statement online and download EPF

  16. Baton said:

    I find it quite hard to master professional speaking skills. I spent a lot of time on it. Now I feel better before any public and I can speak easily. Not long ago I happened to perform in Istanbul https://populationstat.com/turkey/istanbul and I succeeded it.

  17. george said:

    There are pages that IT infrastructure management services make the page more impressive for the readers which are making the file more impressive in all the manner. There are pages that are helping the areas very easy for readers in all the manner.

  18. Paul Expert said:

    I think it is in our human psyche to consider the profession of others to be very busy. Speaking is a talent and they get the payment as per their high standard communication skills. Being a trainer at Online Assignment Helper UK, I used to counsel more than 20 students on a daily basis, and trust me it was not an easy job!

  19. Mille Kentk said:

    https://www.youtube.com/

  20. Teaching Programs UAE said:

    Early Childhood Education UAE learns how you can use public speaking as a tool to prepare your students for speaking in different real-world contexts. By having them deliver speeches to authentic, real-world audiences, you’re improving your students’ approach to meet higher expectations. You’re also growing their comfort zone and skillset by strengthening their ability to address a wide range of real-world audiences in different environments.

  21. Hotel near Al Noor island said:

    The integration of technology in the hotel industry has driven a huge rise in hotel and guest interaction online. The traveler shares their experiences & details of their incredible stay in luxury 5 star boutique hotels in Sharjah and sets it with a lovely picture of the hotel accommodation & facilities posted on their account. The hotel is suggested that they were tagged and mentioned in the post and quickly notice the amount of engagement from the guest’s followers, over 1,000 likes.

  22. Sheikh Mannan said:

    The clever thing about starting professionally speaking is that you start from unprofessional speaking chances. First you speak at little social occasions, at that point schools, before kids, and so forth You develop. You advance. You ace the fundamentals. And afterward the chances showup, and you snatch them! free classifieds uae

  23. watterr leak detectionn said:

    Awesome thank you for sharing the amazing post.

  24. Corwin said:

    puppies for sale,pug puppies for sale in oregon,pug puppies for sale in az,pug puppies for sale in va,pug puppies near mepugs.pugs for sale,pugs for sale near me,cheap pugs for sale,pug puppies for sale,pug puppies for sale near me.
    https://pugslandbreeder.company.com

  25. himanshu sharma said:

    thank you check this babe https://www.updatedcelebrities.com/jaz-longlivetheblonde/

  26. nikhil said:

    check this hot chick https://www.updatedcelebrities.com/lilith-cavaliere-tik/

  27. EssayUK said:

    I believe it is in our human mind to think the work of others to be very busy. Speaking is a skill and they get the price as per their high standard communication skills. Being a teacher at nursing essay help UK, I used to guide more than 10 learners on an everyday basis, and it’s not an easy task.

  28. Chinyere said:

    Chinyere, provide you fancy kameez shalwar design which are very suitable to wear in summer. The quality is premium and prices are cost-effective.

  29. Rivaj UK said:

    Rivaj brings amazing cosmetic products like Face Powder and glamorous face powder related products So, grab their glamorous face powder today and enjoy Their Face Powder products are truly unbeatable and offer a high degree of satisfaction Rivaj offers the best face powder online to their customers every day

Leave a Reply