Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp: Public Speaking - The Business Side

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This is part of the Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp series. Current other editions are “Public Speaking - What & How To Share" (choosing, creating, and sharing content) and “Sales & Self-Promotion.” You can see if there are upcoming offerings on the Mac & Cheese Calendar Page

PRO TIP: Many people get work to pay for bootcamps, you might want to inquire.

If you're already an experienced speaker, you feel comfortable with your content (website, assets, etc.), you're happy with what you're getting paid and your number of gigs, this Bootcamp isn't for you — this is for folks who want to be a speaker or who’ve been in the game for a short bit.

Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp: Public Speaking - The Business Side

  • Does public speaking or calling yourself a 'speaker' freak you out yet also intrigue you?

  • Are you already a speaker who wants to be more of a speaker? More gigs? More well rounded?

  • Does the idea of getting paid to share your interests sound neat?

  • Does the idea of getting paid to speak sound neat?

  • Does the idea of getting to travel to speak sound neat?

  • Do you want to be more comfortable creating and asking for speaking fees?

  • Do you want to know what else you should be asking for outside of fees?

  • Do you want to learn how to better promote yourself as a speaker?

  • Do you want to create a Speaker Webpage but aren’t sure where to start?

  • Are you curious what other tools besides a webpage you should have as a Speaker?

  • Do you have stories or thoughts you want to share publicly?

  • Do you feel like you don't have stories or thoughts others would want to hear but you’d like to explore?

  • Are you interested in learning speaker best practices outside of your actual presentation, like interacting with event organizers and engaging with the audience?

  • Can you come up with a gazillion excuses why you’re not and never will be a Speaker?


Do you fear the moment when

  • Someone asks you how much you charge?

  • You submit a quote, immediately wishing you had charged less?

  • You see a quote response in your inbox, afraid to open it because you know they won’t pay you what you want?

  • Someone asks you what your qualifications are?

  • Someone asks you what you speak about?

  • You make your thoughts public?

  • People realize you’re a fraud, that you don’t know what you’re doing, and/or you’re not worth the price you’re asking?

Are you ready to stop being intrigued and to take action?

Are you ready to next-level it when it comes to being a speaker?


Then this Bootcamp is for you. It will teach you avenues to being a speaker that works with what you already possess. No having to get certified in this or having to attend that. No e-book or fifteen-step program to buy or coach to hire. No waiting or analyzing or running things by others.



  • How to feel comfortable calling yourself "a Speaker”

  • How to figure out what to speak about

  • How to get speaking gigs

  • What tools you need to be a Speaker

  • Creation/updating of your Speaker Page

  • How to feel comfortable talking Speaker money — asking to get paid, what to charge, when to give a discount/speak for free


Saya’s been self-employed since 2004 (after getting fired) via her business Mac & Cheese Productions℠. Without spending any money on marketing or incurring debt, she found a way to cobble together a career that beautifully, organically, and randomly meshes her skills and interests. She had $300 in savings when she started her business and has no training in anything she does, choosing to DIY and figure it out as she goes. There was no blueprint and instead of that paralyzing Saya, it invigorated her and since Day 1, she’s been harnessing and adapting the magic that is entrepreneurialism, including a speaking career that includes numerous keynotes and a TEDx. She still hasn’t figured it all out and probably never will but she has figured out a variety of things and those things just happen to be sources of terror for many.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

A tablet or laptop + pen and paper is ideal (if you don’t have a tablet/laptop, that’s ok)Food/drink for yourself (optional)

Cancellation Policy

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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