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This Is the One Thing You Need If You Want to Get Paid Speaking Gigs Getting paid to speak can seem overwhelming, but having this essential element is a good start.

By Brian Hilliard

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A professional online representation of your speaking repoitoire is a must-have when it comes to getting paid speaking gigs.

To put it bluntly: A decent-looking website showcasing your speaking expertise will assist with meeting planners feeling comfortable in hiring you. Meeting planners and conference organizers are in a unique situation when it comes to hiring speakers. If a meeting planner makes a mistake and hires the wrong speaker, they and 500 of their friends will know it at the exact same time.

Making a mistake and bringing in the wrong speaker is a public embarrassment, so they want to make sure that they are bringing in the right person. A professional-looking website can go a long way toward making that happen.