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GYMH 25 - How to Make Sure Perfectionism Doesn’t Cripple Your Progress

Nothing threatens your success in getting your message heard more than the desire to do everything perfectly. Have you ever considered the pitfalls of perfectionism? In this episode, I also share candidly about how perfectionism trapped me in my head and led to me never shipping a product or service. Tune in today for the full story. Have A Question? I'd Love to Answer. Simply email podcast@michaelhudson.com and your question will be answered on a future episode of the podcast. I will...

Duration: 00:25:41

GYMH 24 – 6 Books You Must Read to Reset, Refresh, and Re-Energize Your Thinking

In today's episode, I share 6 books that have been instrumental in shaping my mind for success. Becoming your own boss (even if it's a one-person business) requires a significant shift in mindset. I've recommended these six books more than any others, and I highly recommend you read them. As a Man Thinketh by James AllenWhat to Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn) by Seth GodinThe Magic of Thinking Big by David J. SchwartzA Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb...

Duration: 00:22:06

GYMH 23 – Mapping Your Journey to Success: 4 Ways to Make the Best Better

Success is a personal journey. What does it mean to you? Where do you start? When do you start? How do you know when you have arrived? Many people do not adequately plan for success or prepare for the seemingly endless journey it takes to get there. In this episode I talk about the importance of mapping your success journey. I also share about the impact of 4-H on my life. 4-H is a hands-on learning & education programs for kids build skills like responsibility, resiliency & hard work,...

Duration: 00:25:27

GYMH 22 – The First Thing I Would Do If I Started My Speaking Business All Over Again

Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with saying: “Learn from the Mistakes of Others … You Don’t Have Time to Make Them All Yourself." My best advice for learning, connecting, and growing is to join a mastermind group. In this episode, I share just a few of the things that happened to my business after committing to be part of a mastermind group. It's also the heart behind the Vision Speaker Mastermind I host. I don't want others to struggle as I did prior to joining a mastermind...

Duration: 00:25:44

GYMH 21 - The 7 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Starting My Speaking Business

In this episode I go out on a limb and share the 7 biggest mistakes I made when starting my speaking business. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so save yourself from frustration and learn from my mistakes! Isolating Myself & Doing It Alone.Not Following the Recipes.Throwing Too Much at the AudienceSeeking Perfect Solutions.Hiding My Story.Failure to CaptureFailing to Build Relationships. Have A Question? I'd Love to Answer. Simply email...

Duration: 00:25:51

20 - How to Set the Fee, Focus, and Format of Your Speech

This episode is part 3 of the 3-Step Roadmap to Start, Run, and Grow Your Speaking Business from Scratch. Today I show you how to set the fee, focus, and format of your speech. When it comes to fees, it's never about what you charge -- it's about the value you deliver. I'll show you an easy way to set your fees based on value instead of time. In this episode, I also share these 3 questions which will help you determine the best way to help your client: Question of the Week: Recently, I...

Duration: 00:27:56

How to Create Your Sell-Your-Message Speech

This episode is part 2 of the 3-Step Roadmap to Start, Run, and Grow Your Speaking Business from Scratch. Today I show you what the Sell Your Message Speech is and how to craft your own. It may seem strange to prepare a speech before you even have a speaking engagement, but here are 5 reasons why you should work on this particular speech right now: Question of the Week: Recently, I hosted a webinar (live online teaching session) and a participant asked me: “When you want to bring value...

Duration: 00:26:36

How to Get Your Foot In the Door (and Keep It Open)

Today's podcast is the first a 3-part series called "The 3 step roadmap to start, run, and grow your speaking business from scratch." This is in direct response to listeners who have asked me, "What's the best approach to getting started?" There are 3 steps: In this episode, you'll learn how to get your foot in the door with new associations, audiences, and the counter-intuitive approach to finding new opportunities. Grow Your 6-Figure Business With The Vision Speaker Mastermind If...

Duration: 00:28:34

3 Unglamorous Challenges of Traveling For Work (And How I Deal With Them)

Work travel can be both a blessing and a curse. Even if you love to travel, it can get overwhelming. It’s harder to maintain work/life balance, pursue side projects and hobbies, and spend time with friends, family, and your significant other It’s also far too easy to fall into expensive and unhealthy habits. While people often idealize travel while furthering their career, there are downsides that go unnoticed. On this episode, my friend Mike Kim, host of the Brand You Podcast, joins me...

Duration: 00:44:50

Speaking Is An Art But Attracting The Right Audience Is A Science

Speaking is an art but attracting the right audience is a science. If you’re building an expert business, it is important to understand both the art and the science … meaning the difference between the craft of speaking vs. the intentionality and strategy behind building the business. Getting the right audience is challenging and if you don't have the right audience for your work, you're never going to reach the 6-figure level in your business. But here’s the good news. All of us in...

Duration: 00:28:11

Why Telling Them Everything You Know Will Kill Your Business

You love your subject matter and know it well. That’s part of why you’re in the speaking business to begin with. And now you’re tempted to give all your knowledge away to serve your audience. Big mistake. It is a valuable lesson every expert seeking to build a business must learn. You might think holding back information is manipulative. It’s not. Rather, it creates an even greater opportunity to serve your audience. In this episode, you’ll learn 4 reasons why you can’t give away...

Duration: 00:29:02

The Business of Speaking: Your Top Questions, Answered

I’ve received hundreds of questions over the years from people who were looking to create a business similar to mine (using their own expertise, of course). In today’s episode, veteran radio broadcaster Bill Sammons joins me for a special Q&A episode of the Get Your Message Heard podcast. Bill is a good friend and an expert interviewer, so he keeps us on track as we share answers to questions I’ve received from our podcast listeners. Among the questions discussed in this episode...

Duration: 00:32:39

How To Move From Free To Fee

Your mindset, your message, and your method—all three must be in order for you to move away from pro-bono gigs to full-fee speaking engagements. Whether you are just starting your speaking business or have been established for many years, you will undoubtedly be approached to give a no-fee presentation. Sometimes this is worth considering if (and only if) it serves both you and the client. But don’t be afraid to walk away if the engagement doesn't serve both the client and you. Keep...

Duration: 00:32:23

How to Get Repeat Business


Duration: 00:37:33

What To Do When A Prospective Client Contacts You

The opportunities you walk away from because they don't fit are going to be the ones that pay off as much, if not more for you, than the ones you accept. Trust me. If you take every speaking engagement that comes your way, you might fill your bank account and improve your cash flow in the short term. But all you've really done is set yourself up for failure, or for a one-shot deal. It is no way to grow a sustainable 6-figure business. You know by now I'm not a big fan of one-shot...

Duration: 00:31:45

How To Set Up A Referral Machine That Gets You Clients In Your Sleep

What’s the #1 mistake people make when it comes to referrals? They assume referrals will come because they show up and do what they said they would do. Of course, it is important to deliver on your promises. But this alone is simply not enough to generate the constant stream of referrals you need to grow and sustain your business at the 6-figure level … and to get off the revenue roller coaster. In today’s episode, you’ll learn 3 reasons you are not getting referrals and 7 ways to...

Duration: 00:35:01

How To Get Quality Client Testimonials

We live in a world of social proof, don't we? As you work to build your 6-figure speaking business, testimonials are a persuasive social-proof tool you can use to land new clients. Decision-makers want hard evidence that you can create the impact you say you can. Testimonials can affirm their decision and lets them know they're not taking too big of a risk by having you deliver your presentation to their audience. That's why testimonials matter. However, there are there are a lot of myths...

Duration: 00:32:56

How To Organize Your Thoughts And Shave Hours Off Your Prep

A successful presentation requires you to devote much more time to preparing your presentation than you will spend in delivering it. Even experienced speakers must prepare for a presentation; this includes rehearsal. Inadequate rehearsal is a “deadly presentation sin.” But what if you don’t have a lot of time? Or perhaps you wish you could shave hours off your prep time and still have greater impact with your speech? In this week’s episode, you’ll learn how to avoid six...

Duration: 00:36:00

How To Be Authentic When Speaking (Without Being Awkward)

Be you, everyone else is taken. When you embrace that simple concept of authenticity, you’ll see your results soar. Being authentic is perhaps the most important aspect of delivering a great presentation. I’ve certainly seen it work during the course of 8,000 presentations over the past 35 years. The ones that work are the ones that are “me.” Authenticity matters because: We live in a world of openness and free sharing. Audiences expect to see the real you.When you step to the front of...

Duration: 00:36:00

Silence The Critics Or They Will Cripple Your Success

It is just reality. Everyone has struggled, at some point, to get their message heard. In today’s episode, we explore 5 critics that exist for the sole purpose of crippling your success: The Doubting VoiceThe Vocal CriticThe Unfortunate CircumstanceThe Bad PerformanceThe Abuse Survivor Fair warning...this is not easy stuff to deal with. It may bring powerful emotions to the surface. But it is important to face the critics to move past them on your journey to success. Click the player...

Duration: 00:33:06

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