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How I Went From Free To Fee as a Motivational Speaker

Free to Fee: How launched my professional speaking career


Doug DvorakI knew I wanted to quit my day job eventually and become a paid speaker, but I didn’t know where to start. I joined the local Toastmasters Club to help me develop and polish my speaking skills, but I wanted to speak to other groups and organizations around the Chicagoland area. I Googled “Free Speakers” and was directed to Andy Richardson at (The bureau was called Free Speech at the time.)

I decided to call Andy, and that call changed my life and launched my professional speaking career. I have never looked back.

Andy explained what is. Essentially, it is a pro bono speaker’s bureau for the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. It has sister bureaus in Milwaukee and Indianapolis. All three bureaus connect entertaining, competent, topical speakers with local organizations, associations and corporations that are in need of a speaker but have limited or no budgets.

So, I joined, paid a nominal membership fee of $35.00 and started on my journey to becoming a paid professional speaker.

The first year I was actively involved in, I spoke more than 35 times FOR FREE. As my speaking skills evolved and improved, I starting getting requests to speak and get paid. I was amazed; I never thought I could get paid to to do something I loved so very much – speaking.

It reminds me of a quote I heard several years ago while I was pondering my transition from Corporate America to independent speaker: “Find what you love to do and do it for the rest of your life – let your avocation be your vocation.”

I want to thank Andy and for pointing me in the right direction and helping and coaching me along the way. is a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to speak or to make a positive impact in peoples’ lives.

Even if you don’t have a desire like me to be a professional, fee-based speaker, you can still network, benefit and grow your speaking and communications skills through  Thanks again Andy and I couldn’t have done it without you!


Doug Dvorak is a professional motivational keynote speaker and humorist, based in Chicago, Illinois. He is one of the most well-traveled keynote motivational speakers available today. Doug has earned his spot in the motivational speaking Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been inducted into the International Who’s Who of Professional Speaking.


How Motivated People Grow

Motivated & Unmotivated Individuals

It is not at all uncommon to hear people complain about their job as being boring or as if they are stuck in a rut. These individuals go about the daily routine just going through the motions, often disliking their job and not feeling very good about themselves, their abilities or their potential.

The opposite type of individual is someone who is personally motivated. These people look at a job for its potential and they strive to learn as much as possible, experience as much as they can and develop as many skills as possible to the fullest extent. They see their job as a stepping stone and not a final destination.

The Differencedifference-two-minds

The exciting thing about people is that the first type of employee, the unmotivated complainer, can change to become a motivated individual. This all starts by setting small goals and seeing those goals provide a positive impact on your life.

Motivation of this type, which is internal and personal, is very powerful in creating the opportunities to grow. By tasking yourself with a series of growth challenges, you will find ways to become better at your job or to develop the skill set needed to find the job you have always wanted.

Related Article: How Motivated People Win


Getting Started with Growth

The first thing that anyone that wants to use motivation to grow has self-growth-quoteto do is to develop a roadmap for their life. It should include both personal and professional goals. These goals represent the things you want to do, not the things you feel obligated to do.

Write these things down as your final goals. Then, look for small mini-goals you can set to help you to achieve the big goal. For example, if you wanted to learn to speak another language, you first need to find a class, sign up for the class, attend the classes and so on. Clearly define each step in your goal, setting a timeline to accomplish each mini-goal. This type of strategizing can make the difference between growing substantially and not growing at all.

As you work through the mini-goals, you will find your level of motivation increases. You will start experiencing a change in the way you see your situation, with opportunities to expand your growth in different areas of life. You will also strengthen your will power which will help you create motivational habits that turn into long-term success.


Related Article: Adapt Successful Habits in Order to Succeed


Doug Dvorak is a professional motivational speaker who provides inspiring and motivational keynote presentations on all aspects of motivation and growth. Click here to learn more.