keynote speakerBeing a professional keynote speaker in this global economy is a booming business.  From conventions to awards dinners, organizations of all shapes and sizes are clamoring to fill that coveted role for the “main speaking slot” of their event.  After all, it is that slot that will motivate, inspire, educate, and most importantly, capture audiences to check out all they have to offer.

Barack Obama was a little known senator at the time he was chosen to be the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  That speech arguably launched his career to the next level – setting the stage for him to run for President of the United States. Politics isn’t the only forum in which keynote speakers are used. Graduations at places of higher education, awards dinners and even hall of fame induction ceremonies use the keynote speaker as a focal point of their celebration.

Keynote speakers often sell books, tapes, and merchandise as they visit each of the events they’ve been chosen for.  Delivering an impassioned speech is a great marketing tool for one’s self and no one knows you better than you do.  Cesar Milan, world renowned dog trainer and star of the hit show The Dog Whisperer has turned his brand into a global force.  He was recently chosen to be the keynote speaker at the Gildas Club Quad Cities Fundraising Event (for cancer patients in Davenport, Iowa).

His speech centered around therapy dogs and how they were helping cancer patients survive. “A dog doesn’t see a human as being ill; he sees that he or she needs support. When a human is in a weak state, the dog senses it and approaches in a calm way. People like to change the identity of dogs, but a dog won’t try to change the identity of the human. He just accepts the human as who he is, no matter where he is emotionally, psychologically or spiritually.” Cesar Milan is a great example of how a professional in one field can branch out and touch so many hearts and minds across the globe.

Large corporations today are some of the biggest clients of professional keynote speakers.  There are even companies that will find the right keynote for your event.  And there is no other type of professional speaking than of the motivational kind.  If you have a knack for getting a crowd off its feet, then this may be the right fit.  Garrison Wynn has been a motivational speaker for over twenty years. He took a love and passion for video games, comedy and business, mashed them all together and today has spoken at conventions for UPS, PepsiCo, Shell Oil, O’Reilly Auto Parts and many more.

“If life keeps giving you lemons, then you’re probably hanging out in the fruit section too much. Change creates opportunity,” Mr. Wynn says at many of his speaking engagements.  He is yet another example of someone turning themselves into a global brand, of taking their business experience and life lessons and parlaying it into a successful and fulfilling venture.

Traveling to each of these events allows the keynote speaker to share their experiences and knowledge with like-minded audiences while earning a living teaching new minds.  But being a keynote speaker isn’t the only way to reach your intended demographics.  With all the success examples like Cesar and Garreth have accomplished, there is another way breaking new ground.

Imagine a way to reach global audiences without the added expense of traveling from place to place, and constant need to self-promote and market your speaking opportunities. Udemy is an online platform and marketplace that allows anyone to teach anything online.

Udemy is changing the way experts in all fields can reach out to their students. It was created as a way for experts in any field imaginable to create an online course – and teach their passions to the rest of the world.  Access to over two million users and one hundred and ninety countries is nothing could be the difference between a regional superstar or a global icon.

One quick look on the Udemy website and one can see the varied range of topics to choose from in creating a class.  Technology, arts, lifestyle and even video games are some of the options to choose from.  Udemy offers a quick sign-up process and offers all sorts of easy to use tools to create your specialized course. According to the website, “Creating a course is entirely free to our instructors…keep 100% of the revenue from students you bring to Udemy. For every student Udemy brings to your course, keep 50% of the revenue.”

Being in business for yourself has always been one of the most rewarding things a human being could do with their life and controlling the message is part of the fun.  Udemy offers a plethora of tools to help you create the perfect course that fits your specialty.  Then it’s up to you to sell yourself (and your message) to a global audience who truly are interested and excited to hear what you have to say.

Udemy has been featured in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as many other media outlets and is a solution to the evolving world of education.  Consumers are looking for new ways to learn skills outside of the realm of formal textbook education. And there’s never been a better market for educators to create a course and earn – one duo made almost $250,000 in three months taking their knowledge of Apple’s IOS7 and spreading it to ever person who was ever confused about their iPhones.

Keynote speakers have historically been the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.  Once success had been achieved to its highest level – then it was the time to spread that knowledge to the next wave of newcomers.  With Udemy,  all that has changed. Now, in the midst of becoming the most respected in your field, you can now share that knowledge with others immediately, all while making a decent amount doing what you love.

Jim Rohn once said, “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” In today’s world whatever kind of knowledge you possess, whomever may be seeking that out for their event or gala, places like Udemy could be where keynote speakers can finally speak to the world.


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