Craig J. Boykin's story is as extraordinary as it is ordinary. As the child of a single mom struggling with drug addiction, he was exposed to domestic violence, food insecurity and preoccupation with basic survival from a very early age. Not an uncommon story. But since then, he has rewritten his future to become a successful motivational speaker and author in great demand around the country. His personal story is the stuff of Hollywood movies (I'd cast Forest Whitaker in the title role). As highly sought after as he is for motivating others, he probably gets an equal number of requests from people everywhere asking him to share how he built his successful speaking career.
Professional Coaching, Life Coaching, Professional Speaking, etc......regardless of the specific label, professional coaching and speaking are very popular pursuits these days. We sat down with Craig during a short break from his travels, to hear his personal top five tips for anyone considering a professional speaking career.
In our video interview, Craig talks candidly about....
- the online reputation you've already got,
- how what you wear to the grocery store really matters,
- how much money to expect when you're starting out,
- and so much more, based on his personal experiences.
If you are interested in this field as a career or as a side hustle, you should definitely try to sit down one-on-one with as many people as possible who are already successful at it. The thing is, it may be challenging to get great advice from someone who recognizes that you would both be speaking about the same topic, or to the same target audience. That's especially true if your topic is very narrowly focused or your target audience is limited in number. If your target audience consists of people that aren't easily accessible, like public officials, CEOs or others with whom it's not easy to make direct contact, the people who have worked hard for a long time to get an open door to these folks may not be interested in ushering in a competitor. Craig's tips are a great place to start no matter what your topic or audience.
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As always, this is only the beginning of the conversation. If you've got questions for Craig, or if you'd like to have a one-on-one session, subscribe and send us a message or comment below. Let us know how we can help you with what you want to know. Thanks!