How To Be A Professional Speaker

Many people dream of being a professional speaker.  You are sitting in the audience watching the presenter and you are thinking “WOW, she or he has a better job than I do”.  Inside your soul you want to share your ideas, concepts, thoughts, and advice.  But inside you keep screaming in your head “Is there a path on how to be a professional speaker?”

My name is Thom Singer, and in 2005 I decided it was my career goal to be a full time professional speaker.  In 2009 that dream came true.  It has not been easy, I am not famous, and it has not made me rich (but I have done well). “How to become a professional speaker” is a question that I had in my head for years, but the world of 2005 was very different than it is in the 2020’s.  There are now thousands of online courses and coaches who promise to make you a six figure success after taking their class.  Do they deliver? I don’t know, I have not taken those classes.  But few of my successful speaker friends did it by spending big money on a course.

That said, speakers are very generous. If you cultivate friendships with speakers, they will share. Even if they do not know it, success leaves clues.

After years of saying “I do not coach speakers”, I have changed my mind.  The sea-change came from being asked so many times and hearing from a legendary coach who said “If the universe sends you a message twice in one day…. listen”. If you believe in a short cut to the biggest stages, I am not the coach you seek.  I am not a “Guru”.  But I have done it and created a real business and have observed thousands of “NOT FAMOUS” speakers over the past 15 years.  Get rich quick is not a thing most of the time… but there are some real best practices I think will help you grow.

The weird thing is I do not like the idea of speakers charging giant dollars to other speakers for coaching without any guarantee of outcomes.  So when I do coaching, it is a fair price so that nobody can ever feel I ripped them off.  I have 12 years of full time experience as a professional speaker, having made over six figurers every year (multiple six figures several times). I believe you will get much more than $500 of value when we talk.

How To Be A Professionals Speaker Coaching Calls

For those who want to work with me…. I offer two one hour calls (and the truth is I book 90 minutes incase we run long) for a total of $500 (not $500 per call…people often are confused when I quote it… one person double paid me).  In each conversation I share my experience in regards to your current situation and answer any and all questions.  When appropriate I make introductions to people you should know and follow.  All I ask from the people I work with is that they have the burning question of “How To Be A Professional Speakers” and they are open to ideas that might not be magic fairy dust.  I will challenge people’s preconceived notions about the industry.

Here is the catch.  I do not have a “sign up here” button.  You need to reach out and tell me you want this and be willing to have an initial chat.

Contact info – or call / text 512-970-0398.  I look forward to chatting with you.

Not every person who is seeking how to be a professional speaker is the right fit for every coach.  Do we “Click”?  Is $500 seemingly an affordable rate?  I want us to be on the same page.  My goal is that after these calls we have the beginning of a real friendship and we keep talking into the future with no more financial exchanges.  I hate it when a coach vanishes when the engagement ends.  That said, not everyone clicks, so do not take it personally if we are not “Besties” after the calls are over.

Few people call for this offering, and that is great….because my career is not doing this type of coaching… but I like it.

Here is a great article in FORBES on How To Be A Professional Speaker!  And another article on  And one on  Then check out everything offered by the National Speakers Association.

About Thom Singer

Thom Singer works for Stanton Chase, a leading executive search firm that specializes in helping companies and associations place key hires. He is also a keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies / EmCee
After a successful career in sales and marketing, Thom Singer became a growth leadership speaker in 2009. A decade later he has brought his high energy presentations and action-oriented content to over 900 audiences. Thom knows that as the speaker or master of ceremonies he has a responsibility to set the tone for a strong conference attendee experience. Known as “The Conference Catalyst” he creates an atmosphere of fun and interaction that lasts beyond his presentation.
Thom earned his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in 2014 and is committed to the business of meetings. He is the author of 12 books and is the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. On his show he has interviewed over 400 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with a focus on discovering how the most successful people get farther across the gap between potential and results.
At 50 years old Thom decided to reinvent his life and make age 50 to 75 the best years of his life. This meant saying yes to things that scared him, and trying new things. Since that time Thom has jumped off buildings, took up running (and lost 30 lbs) and began performing stand up comedy.