Here are several resources I use on a regular basis. While I cannot guarantee you’ll have the same fantastic experience, I’m quite confident that these companies will be helpful to you.
Get Paid to Speak by Next Week?
This FAST START SYSTEM is a must for any new or aspiring speaker!
Darren’s Forms ~
Thirty forms to help professional speakers save time! This is an essential resource that will help you start your speaking business on the right track. Click here to see the list of forms. (You’ll get this CD as a BONUS when you invest in Get Paid to Speak by Next Week.)
#1 Tool: BUILD YOUR LIST! Automate your speaking business ~
If you’re serious about being in business, you MUST accept credit cards!
Practice Pay Solutions (1ShoppingCart) offers merchant accounts and shopping cart services. You need to have both in order to do business — and you absolutely MUST be able to accept credit cards! Practice Pay knows the speaking business and they are very helpful. I highly recommend them! Click here to get a free trial account!
START BUILDING YOUR LIST! Get 30 Day Free Trial: CLICK
(After 30 days, you choose the package that works best for your business)
Get Started Package ~ CLICK $29 per month (Newsletters & auto-responders) Upgrade later when you are ready to sell products
Basic Cart Package ~ CLICK $59 per month (Take Product Orders + Newsletter, auto-responders) Upgrade later when you want to offer digital downloads (FYI, you’ll also need a merchant account to take orders)
Pro Cart Package ~ CLICK $99 per month ~ This is the packages that Darren uses (Sell and Deliver Digital Downloads + Take Product Orders + Newsletter, auto-responders)
Voice Recorder ~
Want to record your presentations and/or make your own products? I use a Olympus Ls-10 (around $215) on Amazon.
At-Home Microphone Recorder ~
AT2020 USB Cardioid Condenser – Audio Technica
(I bought mine at Guitar Center for $150)
Stand up Banner ~
Franklin Documents in Las Vegas has 3 size options as well the the ability to create custom sized retractable banners. We have been using them for several years and love the quality of the the product and their customer service. Our typical investment for these is only 197 and they do offer discounts on bulk orders. Learn more.
Product Table Tablecloth ~
Color Reflections recently created high quality large print table cloths for our display tables. Reasonable rates that vary depending on number of colors and number of panels being printed on.
Do you like the audio Darren has on his website?
I use Instant Audio… you can add audio to your website and send out audio postcards to your client list… all you need is a phone! This was one of the BEST investments I’ve ever made — only $30 / month. Click here to get a free trial of Instant Audio!
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I use Send Out Cards… Watch the video below to see how EASY and POWERFUL this is!
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Writing / Creating your Foundational Phrase?
A foundational phrase is a 10-word sentence upon which the whole message of your speech is built. (i.e. Craig Valentine’s “Your speech is not for sale.”) Many speakers will use rhyming words in their foundational phrases. This website is helpful to use in the process: www.Rhymer.com
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Product Income from the Back of the Room?
Do you present to audiences about speaking or humor? I offer my educational tools wholesale, so you can offer them at your programs and start earning solid income at your very next presentation.
Requirements: You must purchase one product at full price. (It’s essential that you believe in what you’re offering, and can refer to it in your presentation.) Then you can invest in as few as 2 more, which you can get at half-price. This will allow you to have professional product to get started until you create your own.
(Here’s an example… Randy Harvey, 2004 World Champion, is speaking internationally on humor. He doesn’t yet have an educational tool in the area of humor. He purchased 25 Make ‘em Laugh sets & 20 Just for Laffs DVDs to take with him when he gives presentations.)
What would work for you? Contact me to make arrangements.
e-Newletter & e-List Management ~
There are many services out there, but Constant Contact is my favorite. They’re easy to use, reasonably-priced, and their tech support is amazing! Click here to sign up for a free trial!
Edit Audio Files on Your Own Computer ~
MAC USERS: I do all of my audio editing in Garage Band. Free on your MAC.
PC USERS: This audio editing program is available free for PC users. I use it to edit audio lessons, product recordings, and many other things. It’s great! Click here to learn more about Audacity.
Audio Editing by a Professional ~
- Whitney Hahn / Digital Bard
(240) 566-5931 www.DigitalBardVideo.com
Want to Create Your Own Products?
Here’s a great resource for you! You’ll learn how to create & sell your own CD’s and MP3s. Turning free speeches into income and earning while you sleep is not some “maybe next year” dream. It’s closer than you think. It’s simple to do, and this program has helped many speakers do just that, even though they’ve never been paid before : That’s Me on CD Video DVD
Product Table, Table Cloth~
Color Reflections Dynamic Digital Imaging 3560 South Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-262-9300
Video Taping & Editing ~
Bill Stephen Productions does all the video work for Toastmasters International. You can also order the World Championship of Public Speaking contest DVDs from him. www.billspro.com
CD Cover & Package Design ~
- Kim Brill, Graphic Designer (512) 258-2327
- Cynthia Lay, Graphic & Website Designer (505) 321-6659 www.theButterflyHerder.com
Trademark & Copyright Search ~
Blank CDs ~
- Pocket Pak ~ (800) 527-5139 / Jason Countryman
Blank CDs, labels, and packaging. Call them and get samples!
- Data Direct ~ (781) 444-9290 x112 / Wayne Tocci will take care of you!
CDs, labels, packaging, and CD duplicators (to duplicate your own)
Professional CD & Video Duplication ~
- Corporate Disk Co. (Tim Newman) ~ (800) 634-3475 x286 ~ Email: email@example.com
Royalty-Free Music ~
- The Music Bakery ~ (800) 229-0313
Shrink Wrap System (heat sealer) ~
- Associated Bag ~ Call to get a catalog! Approx. $17(800) 926-6100 / www.associatedbag.com
Professional Organizations for Speakers ~
- Toastmasters International: www.Toastmasters.org
- National Speakers Association: www.NSAspeaker.org
- New England Speakers Association: www.NSAnewEngland.com
Website Design ~
I work with Cynthia Lay / the Butterfly Herder. She does all of the World Champions’ EDGE website projects, and most of mine, as well. She’s awesome, and she knows what a speaker is looking for in a website.