3 Ways Public Speaking Can Absolutely Fund Your Summer Vacation
Did you know that public speaking can fund your summer vacation, indirectly lessen your chance of strokes and heart disease and more?!
Forbes reports that “Working 55 hours or more a week was associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease than a workweek of 35 to 40 hours.” This statistic is why it’s so important to take a break every now and then and recharge your mind.
With the summer months nearly upon us and work holidays and time off at the forefront of our minds, we wanted to share some tips on how you can use your speaking skills to fund your vacation plans.
Whatever your summer dreams are, from a family vacation to the Grand Canyon or a lowkey weekend at the golf courses, let’s talk about how the money you make speaking can fund your summer dreams.
Collected Income Throughout The Year
But it’s not always easy to just up and go when the sunshine returns after a long winter. You may have the desire to vacation, but unless you’ve enhanced your public speaking skills and planned ahead, your vacation is unlikely to be a spontaneous reality.
Speaking Gigs In The Winter Can Pay For The Summer
What if you realized speaking during the colder months could help you vacation in the warm months? If you’re an individual known to speak in front of audiences throughout the year, the cooler months are a great time to rack up your summer money.
Why? View a portion of your winter speaking income as summer vacation money. If you are a public speaker, you likely have other income streams and can use a portion of your speaking finances to fund your favorite summer activities.
- Road trip to South Carolina
- Take fun stops in small towns for ice cream along the way
- Fly to some of the best hiking trails in the nation
Here’s the stress-free fact: You’ll know you set aside a portion of your vacation expenses throughout the year through your winter speaking gigs.
Imagine the financial freedom that could come with saving this extra income during the cold months. Next time you’re on a summer vacation and want to participate in an extra activity such as skiing, zip lines, or an excursion, you’ll have the extra cushion of your speaking income to help you get there.
Exceeded Rates Can Count Toward Vacation
What is particularly convenient about using public speaking income for travel is that usually, your income varies based on the location you speak at. So, for ease of example, let’s say you usually speak for $1000, minimum.
A conference books you to keynote in October for $1200. Since you already met your base rate, the additional $200 you can add to your vacation fund without taking anything from your annual income goals.
This type of mentality helps you in a few ways:
- It encourages you to meet your base income every booking
- Provides you incentive to exceed your base income
- Allows you to vacation without guilt
A helpful way to keep your financial goals in check is to make a pact with yourself. For example, if you schedule a speaking engagement for less than your base level booking rate, you must make up the difference from your vacation funds.
This pact inspires you to do your best. Success is often preceded by failure. Don’t discourage yourself if it takes a little time to meet your goals. Trust the process.
Every successful speaker started at ground zero, just like you. Your chances are high with proper negotiation skills, great content, and persistence. You never know unless you try.
Build Vacation Freedom With Passive Income
Conferences frequently record sessions and offer them for sale for those who either could not attend or desire to listen to a session a second time. Because you are the speaker, you can make a percentage of these sales.
The larger the conference you speak at, the more passive income you will likely make. However, remember that even if you’re just starting your speaking journey, people will want more from you if you teach quality content.
You can then use this additional income for vacation, any time of year you choose. Whether you want a leisurely horseback riding adventure or sightseeing in beautiful places like Yosemite or Acadia National Park, use this passive income to help get you there.
And here’s a bonus use for those recordings: If you are overcoming a fear of public speaking, rewatch or listen to your recordings and take notes on what you do well and areas for improvement.
The Deeper WHY Behind Public Speaking
Public speaking is more than a chance to share your ideas. Of course, this is a large part of it, but there is more that speaking can bring to your life than career investment. While impacting your audience comes with a tremendous personal advantage, the finances you make can have a lasting interpersonal impact.
The income you make from public speaking:
- You can collect throughout the year
- Use exceeded rates toward vacation
- Allocate passive income for getaways
But it’s not all about the vacation. Taking time off is essential for mental health, relationships with those around you, and physical well-being. In addition, it’s critical to fill ourselves up, which is especially crucial when speaking to large audiences regularly.
If you haven’t taken a vacation in a while, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are my relationships in a healthy place?
- Am I physically healthy?
- Am I mentally healthy?
Hopefully, you can answer YES to the above questions. Regardless, take proactive steps to keep yourself healthy and maintain strong relationships.
Saving For Next Amazing Summer Vacation? Start Public Speaking Now!
It might seem challenging to know where to start speaking. How do you know which stage is right for you? Or how to get there? There are so many possibilities to choose from and it can be overwhelming to decide which step to take.
Partnering with a team of like-minded individuals can drastically improve your chance of success. We understand this fact, and so guess what? We did the work, so you don’t have to.
Public speaking might seem a world away, but you’re just a decision from the world’s most significant stage. All you have to do is take that one step to start your journey and join a team of people ready to help you.
If you already make real income, be encouraged by Kyla Sokoll-Ward’s story. She was a coach and speaker who was never paid a penny to speak. But, like you, she wanted to bring income through her passion. She just didn’t know how to take her first step.
Due to investing in herself and surrounding herself with her Thought-Leader team, she landed three TEDx talks, booked her first paid speaking gig for $3,000, and has been invited on TV and multiple podcasts.
If Kyla can do it, so you can you. Take your next step today!