About PSU

A Few Words About Pro Speaker U
(and Finders Speakers and COVID-19)

Hi! I'm Jim Barber, and I've created something that I think you'll find to be very useful. It's a collection of insights and tutorials on becoming a professional speaker. I call it Pro Speaker U.

But before I tell you about Pro Speaker U, let's clear up a possible point of confusion. Pro Speaker U is hosted courtesy of a cool website called Finders Speakers (which I also developed) That's why you'll see "findersspeakers.com" listed at the top of all the Pro Speaker U material. So don't be alarmed — Finders Speakers didn't steal the material, and Pro Speaker U isn't hacking into Finders' site. It's a cooperative venture. Now, back to PSU....

COVID-19 is wrecking havoc on the world. People's lives, jobs, and the economy in general are all being thrown into turmoil. And during these chaotic times, it's vital to plan for the future... and do something about it.

For several decades, I've been both a professional speaker and a member of Toastmasters International. Over the years, I've found that many people harbor a secret desire — sometimes it's not-so-secret — to become professional speakers. Unfortunately, there are two enormous challenges facing those aspiring entrepreneurs who want to break into this exciting field:

  1. To start with, it can be very difficult to find any information about how to get started as a paid professional speaker. People know they want to be paid to speak, but they don't know how to take that all-important first step.
  2. And then, when you do get started, marketing and promoting yourself and your speeches tends to be a challenging and expensive process. Having a great program does you no good at all if no one knows about you!

That's why I developed Pro Speaker U and Finders Speakers. Pro Speaker U helps you get started in the speaking business, and then Finders Speakers helps you promote yourself and your programs to the people who hire speakers. Specifically,

  • Pro Speaker U uses tutorials, quizzes, videos — whatever it takes — to introduce you to the seemingly-mysterious industry where you can get paid for sharing your opinions and knowledge. In a nutshell, PSU help you move "from free to fee."
  • And Finders Speakers is, quite simply, a speakers directory, a cost-effective way to promote yourself — and your products and your programs — to meeting and event planners around the world. Finders Speakers puts you in front of the people who hire speakers!

Now, it does cost a small fee to promote yourself through Finders Speakers (although you'll be shocked at just how little it does cost). But — here's the best part — you don't have to be a member of Finders Speakers to use Pro Speaker U!

That's right — I'm not charging anything for you to have full access to all the materials in Pro Speaker U. You don't have to register (I don't even want to know your email address), and it's not a limited-time offer. Pro Speaker U is free to use whenever you want, as often as you want, and at no charge or obligation.

And to help you get your fledgling career started off right, I hope you'll investigate the unparalleled opportunity that Finders Speakers offers you. I think you'll find that Finders is the most inexpensive, cost-effective marketing capability available anywhere!

And that's it! I hope that the guidance you'll find in PSU will shave a few months off your learning curve as you grow your career as a speaking professional. And if you choose to join Finders Speakers as a member, I look forward to helping you promote yourself to meeting planners worldwide!

Wishing you a most profitable future as a speaking pro!

Jim Barbersigned Jim

Jim Barber
Creator of Finders Speakers (and Pro Speaker U) and Head Barber, The Barber Shop

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