Just like movie stars and famous singers and bands, keynote speaking comes with its own employees-only benefits that might not be directly stated in their job descriptions. These perks, although not present and available at all times, make the job more enjoyable and fulfilling for the speaker whose success comes from making meetings and gatherings successful.
1. Work only on special occasions –
If one takes a look at the calendar of a keynote speaker, the only time they earn their money is when they attend conventions and meetings to talk. Their business strategies concentrate on getting invitations to deliver speeches at these gatherings; so this means that every time they “do their thing”, it is always during a big company event.
2. Directly Benefit from Business Expansion –
Unlike other businesses, the moneymaker of a keynote speaker is the brain and the mouth. There are no stores or products that have to be upgraded or changed. It’s just the speaker. This means that any upgrade one will make for the business would also mean a personal upgrade at the same time. Dental repairs, Seminars, Haircuts, Spa Treatments, Facials and even movie tickets can be considered as business-related purchases because they are all aimed at improving the product; the speaker.
3. No Waiting for Salaries –
Since a keynote speaking career is a business, the payment scheme no longer follows a standard bi-monthly or monthly pay-out. If one chooses, they can earn and get paid on a daily basis if the speaker works hard enough and gets plenty of invitations to speak at multiple gatherings.
4. No Bosses –
The speaker does not answer to a boss that regularly monitors work. There are only clients to satisfy with each performance and speech. There are not monthly appraisals periods or performance surveys that require one to act nicer or work harder. Keynote speakers understand that they have to work hard all the time. This is why they do not need to worry about the biased opinions of bosses.
5. The opportunity to travel –
Depending on the location of the gatherings one is invited to, a speaker might find themselves constantly on the go to make it to their meetings and speeches. Some of the most successful speakers make trips do different countries within the same week just to make it to their appointments.
6. Get to meet the movers and shakers –
Speeches and gatherings give speakers a chance to meet and rub shoulders with company owners and CEOs. This chance could come in the form of meetings wherein these parties would talk about the central message of the gathering or even after the event to talk about observations and possible business opportunities in the future. The keynote speaker is then surrounded by successful people and in turn, learns more about how to become successful; this makes them a more knowledgeable resource person.
As alluring as these benefits sound, what truly satisfies the passionate keynote speaker is the opportunity to send a message to the people that can do something about the message being sent. It is the chance to make a difference and inform that really brings the satisfaction of a job well done. In their terms, nothing beats the joy of knowing that they have been heard and appreciated by the audiences they have addressed.
The benefits mentioned in this article simply serve as icing on the cake for a truly interesting yet rewarding career. One should not decide to become a speaker simply based on these perks but it should be done because one has a message that they need to share with people. This is what makes a speaker in the first place. This is what drives people to take this kind of job.