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By Jennifer Miller • May 5, 2017 Originally published Mar 3, 2017

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Sebastian Rusk always wanted to be a professional speaker. "That's why I was put on this planet," he says. "To impact thousands of people." He hadn't reached his goal yet, but he had lived the kind of inspirational life that makes for great talks. He'd lost everything in the recession and, with only $80 in his pocket, founded a successful social media consultancy called SocialBuzzTV.com in southern Florida. But that next step -- the one onto the stage -- eluded him, which is why, in July 2013, he attended the annual National Speakers Association Conference in Philadelphia.

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