I made a post a couple of weeks ago about the real highs and lows of being a professional speaker and it really resonated with many of my colleagues. So many reached out saying how much they appreciated the transparency.
And since my primary goal with every post is to add value to people’s lives (and share ideas, concepts, and approaches that people find helpful)… I decided to write this follow up!
For those that missed the original post – let me quickly summarize:
I love being a professional speaker! Being on stage is exhilarating and intoxicating! There are few places I’d rather be than in front of an engaged audience.
But it’s not all ice cream, unicorns, and rainbows.
GETTING on stage is challenging.
The BUSINESS side of speaking is hard!
Incoming inquiries ebb and flow.
Some months are busy and others not-so-much.
It’s a polarizing roller coaster of never ending highs and lows!
Case in point:
Last week, I received heavy interest from a group in Europe that is interested in me running a full training with their organization to help them revamp the way their team thinks about, and approaches, their culture (that was a high!).
Less than 24 hours later, a Fortune 50 company decided to cancel an event in June that I was scheduled to keynote and really excited about (that was a low!).
That quick pendulum swing is the epitome of the speaking business!
And I’m good with that.
I embrace the fact this game has highs and lows. I’ve learned to celebrate, enjoy, and be grateful for the highs… and allow the lows to strengthen my mindset, resilience, and to appreciate the highs even more!