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A Million Little Pieces that can Make or Break a Speaking Engagement: Episode 379
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A Million Little Pieces that can Make or Break a Speaking Engagement: Episode 379
The fun, boring, easy and difficult details that go into a successful speaking engagement

Hello #AmWriters! Jess here. I have been getting a lot of messages via the #AmWriting Facebook group and email about details that can make or break a speaking engagement. I like having a podcast episode to point these people to, so here’s the podcast episode I wish I’d had before I received my first invitation to speak.

We talk negotiation, fees, contracts (while remembering that while I went to law school I remember precious little so this is not legal advice), problem-solving, bad hotels, great hotels, flights, and reimbursement. Plus a lot more.

As always, I hope this is useful to you, and happy speaking!

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.