Grant Baldwin | 5 Simple Steps to Profit from Speaking


Grant Baldwin is a nationally known speaker, podcaster, and author of the new book The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid and Building Your Platform

Grant helps people, particularly businesses, to learn how to speak and how to use this medium to help move businesses forward. Over the last 13 years, he’s helped more than half a million people in 47 different states. 

In this episode, Grant Baldwin joins John Corcoran to talk about how Grant started his career in public speaking, how he came to write his book. He also shares how to overcome fear, what to do before you walk out front to speak in front of a crowd, and his 5 simple steps to make a profit from speaking.

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  • What Grant likes about podcasting
  • Grant shares how he got into speaking and why his new book can help aspiring speakers
  • How you can deal with the fear of speaking in front of a crowd
  • Grant’s speaker success roadmap step #1: Selecting a problem to solve
  • Should speakers have more than one talk?
  • How to get organized in your mind and get better at speaking
  • Improvising during a speech and handling unexpected negative feedback 
  • Grant’s speaker success roadmap step #2: Prepare and deliver your talk
  • How preparing a script can help you tell a better story
  • Thins you need to keep in mind before going on stage
  • Grant’s speaker success roadmap step #3: Establishing expertise
  • Why it’s important to determine your target audience
  • Grant’s speaker success roadmap step #4: Getting paid speaking gigs
  • How a speaker can diversify his income streams
  • Grant reveals the people he credits for his success
  • Where to find more information about Grant Baldwin

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If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing. 

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everyone. John Corcoran here. I’m the host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast where I talk with CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, authors, you know, people who represent some of the top companies and organizations like YPO, EO,  Activation, Blizzard, which is the world’s largest video game company, lending tree, Open Table x offer you name it all kinds of Interesting folks. And I’m also the co founder of Rise25, where we help b2b business owners to connect with their ideal prospects and get more referrals. And I’m very excited today, because my guest today is Grant Baldwin, who is a longtime friend is the author of a new book called The successful speaker, five steps for booking gigs, getting paid and building your platform. He’s a nationally known speaker podcaster and author have had him on the show before, I’m happy to have him back again, he helps people, particularly businesses, to learn how to speak and how to use it to move their business forward. And he’s helped over the last 13 years over a half a million people in 47 different states which is really impressive and featured in a lot of mainstream media. So we’re going to talk about his process for using stages in order to grow your business.

But first before we get into that this podcast is brought to you by Rise25 Media which I co founded with my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weisz, and our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners and customers. We do that through our done for your podcast solution and I believe if you business, especially if it’s a b2b business, you should have a podcast period, full stops. One of the best things I’ve ever done hands down since I found out my business is really like a Swiss Army knife. It’s a tool that accomplishes so much at once. And it can, it will lead to great clients referrals and strategic partnerships and friendships. And it’s a great excuse, like we have here today with my buddy Grant to catch up with someone who you haven’t talked to in a while. And I’m always happy to do that. So that’s a great thing about it. Grant, I’ll just ask you, what do you like about podcasting? You’ve been doing it for quite a while. But what do you have to say about?

Grant Baldwin  2:30  

Well, I would 100% echo what you just said on the networking side. So I remember asking a friend that I really learned a lot about podcasting from, you know, five, six years ago, and they said, it’s the best possible way to network with people. There’s so many people that you and I both had an opportunity to talk with. Who wouldn’t normally give us the time of day, not because they’re mean not because they’re, you know, jerks or anything. They’re just busy. They have a lot going on. You and I are busy. We have a lot going on. But people take time for interviews. And so I built a lot of great relationships with people who I’ve done the interview with had a good connection with them. chatter was a maybe a few minutes before the interview a few minutes after the interview, and it has really moved the needle in terms of the number of people I’ve been able to connect with. So I am a you and I’ve been doing podcasting for more than a minute. It’s been several years now. Several hundred episodes and I know I I’m 100% on the pump, the podcast train with you.

John Corcoran  3:20  

Yeah, absolutely. It’s such a great excuse. So if you want to learn more about it, go to Rise25.com or you can also email us at [email protected] Alright, so before are actually setting that aside, I do want to focus on this new book, which you’re kind enough to send me an early copy of it. And you tell this story at the beginning of the book about getting into speaking it was really something that you were truly passionate about because you had you had a young daughter, you had your wife and you had just left your full time jobs and didn’t have a lot of money in the bank, but you knew that you wanted to do this and tell this great story about your friends. Paid speaking gig. So tell us a little bit that, you know, tell us that story.

John Corcoran 4:44
the easy way, right, we have smart people will lend our brain. Yeah, yeah,

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