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Finders Speakers' mission is to provide affordable marketing opportunities to professional speakers. Although low-cost marketing is important, it doesn't do you any good if you don't know what you're doing. So Finders is pleased to offer you – at no charge or obligation – full access to the Pro Speaker U Career Enrichment Center.

You can explore Pro Speaker U in several different ways —

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PSU Insights

Right now, there are 100 PSU insights which will boost your speaking career:
1. Moving from Free to Fee (and Getting Started Right) : Glossary of Terms for Speakers
2. Moving from Free to Fee (and Getting Started Right) : "The traditional speaker's business model is busted!" says Randy Gage
3. Moving from Free to Fee (and Getting Started Right) : Ten Big-time Gaffes, Goofs, and Mistakes
4. Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : READ THIS FIRST!
5. Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : Get It In Writing! (Why You Need a Speaker's Contract)
6. Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : What About Freebie Speeches and Verbal Contracts?
7. Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : When You Shouldn't Use a "Contract"
8. Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : An Agreement for Services
9. Writing Your Business Plan : Plan to Succeed
10. Writing Your Business Plan : Visions, Goals, and Plans -- Oh My!
11. Writing Your Business Plan : Why You Gotta Have a Plan!
12. Writing Your Business Plan : Planning Your Business Plan
13. Writing Your Business Plan : Which Type of Business Plan Do You Need?
14. Writing Your Business Plan : Do You Need a Formal Business Plan?
15. Writing Your Business Plan : E Pluribus Unum for your Business Plan
16. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Business Plan Status Summary
17. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Business Summary
18. Writing Your Business Plan : The Importance of Your Company History
19. Writing Your Business Plan : Forming Your Business
20. Writing Your Business Plan : Choosing the Right Business Structure
21. Writing Your Business Plan : Choosing Your Business Name
22. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Personnel Plan
23. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Product Plan
24. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Marketing Plan
25. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Financial Plans
26. Writing Your Business Plan : Developing Your (Yuck!) Budget
27. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Detailed (Double Yuck!) Budget
28. Writing Your Business Plan : Your Cashflow Analysis
29. Writing Your Business Plan : Make Things Happen with Action Plans
30. Writing Your Business Plan : Why You Need a Procedures Manual
31. Writing Your Business Plan : Battling the OOPs Factor (Contingency Plans)
32. Writing Your Business Plan : Why You Need Well-defined Policies!
33. Writing Your Business Plan : Plan to Grow Your Business
34. Writing Your Business Plan : The History of Your Business Plan
35. Writing Your Business Plan : What To Do After You Write Your Plan
36. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : What is "Running the Numbers"?
37. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Basic Arithmetic Skills Are All You Need
38. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Never Assume the Obvious is True!
39. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Selling Product the "Obvious" Way
40. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Can You Make Money By Cutting Your Price?
41. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Delving Deeper Into Pricing Strategies
42. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Is Inventory Good?
43. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Make Money by Giving Stuff Away
44. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : What About Your Customers?
45. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Developing Your Own Numbers
46. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Develop Estimates and Guesses
47. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : "Coming Up With Numbers" Summary
48. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Calculating Project Costs
49. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Cost of Publishing Your Book
50. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Succeed at Marketing by Running the Numbers
51. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : The Awesome Power of Compounding
52. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : Viral Marketing
53. The Importance of "Running the Numbers" : In Conclusion....
54. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Introduction to Setting Fees and Prices
55. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Are Speaking Fees Really That Important?
56. Setting Your Fees and Prices : What's Your Preconceived Value?
57. Setting Your Fees and Prices : What's Your Cost of Production?
58. Setting Your Fees and Prices : How Much Is Your Time Worth?
59. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Production Costs of a Keynote or Seminar
60. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Determining Your Fee From Production Costs
61. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Want vs. Need
62. Setting Your Fees and Prices : How Badly Do You Want the Sale?
63. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Does Increasing the Price Increase or Decrease Desirability?
64. Setting Your Fees and Prices : The Danger of Competing on Price
65. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Avoid Commodity Perception
66. Setting Your Fees and Prices : How to Increase What You Charge
67. Setting Your Fees and Prices : How High Can You Go?
68. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Alternatives to Getting Paid Your Fee
69. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Should You Do It Backwards?
70. Setting Your Fees and Prices : The Psychology of Price Breakpoints
71. Setting Your Fees and Prices : Determining Your Own Price Breakpoints
72. Setting Your Fees and Prices : In Conclusion....
73. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : An Introduction to Protecting Your Intellectual Property
74. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : Copyrights and Intellectual Property Protection
75. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : Protecting Your Intellectual Property
76. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : Copyright Works Both Ways!
77. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : Unusual Things to Copyright
78. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : How to Obtain Copyright Protection
79. Protecting Your Intellectual Property : What's the Difference Between a Trademark and a Copyright?
80. Marketing and Promotion : Marketing --- The Key to Your Business Success!
81. Marketing and Promotion : Speakers Bureaus -- Holy Grail or Waste of Time?
82. Marketing and Promotion : Two Types of Speakers Bureaus
83. Marketing and Promotion : Just What Is a Speakers Bureau?
84. Marketing and Promotion : How Do Bureaus Make Money?
85. Marketing and Promotion : Do All Bureaus Charge a Commission?
86. Marketing and Promotion : What's the "Forbidden Topic" When Working with Bureaus?
87. Marketing and Promotion : What's So Important About Spin-Off Engagements?
88. Marketing and Promotion : When You Work With Bureaus, What Question MUST You Ask?
89. Marketing and Promotion : Do You Pay Commission on Product Sales?
90. Marketing and Promotion : How to Create Bureau-Friendly Marketing Materials
91. Preparation is the Key : Venue Checklist
92. Effective Microphone Usage : Should You Use a Microphone?
93. Effective Microphone Usage : The Lectern Microphone
94. Effective Microphone Usage : The Handheld Mic
95. Effective Microphone Usage : The Lavaliere Mic
96. Effective Microphone Usage : The Headset Microphone
97. Effective Microphone Usage : Wired vs. Wireless Mics
98. Effective Microphone Usage : Microphone Tips and Techniques
99. Effective Microphone Usage : Effective Microphone Usage
100. Effective Microphone Usage : In Conclusion

While Pro Speaker U is no substitute for a full-fledged training course or career coaching, 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!

Wishing you a 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