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Yesterday I had four (!) speaker meetings with 4 fellow professional speakers. One with a speaker from Malaysia who drove to Singapore to met with me, one with a speaker from India who flew in to meet with me, one with a speaker from Germany who skyped in to meet with me – and in the evening at 8 to 10 pm – with Vicky Vaswani and Hitesh Ramchandani who came home to my house after the kids had gone to sleep to meet with me. I must have talked about speaking with speakers for 6+ hours. What an inspiring day that helped me expand my thinking about speaking.
How much time are you putting aside to learn from fellow speakers – and to teach fellow speakers?

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“How do you go from being a speaker speaking in your home country to becoming a global speaker?”

That is one of the most common questions I get as a global speaker myself. The people asking are often very professional and successful authors.

I got that questions today again when I was speaking at an event in Pune, India where we were meeting to create Professional Speakers Association of India (See  if you want to learn more about this.)

The person asking was Mitesh Khatri, an expert on leadership and the law of attraction.

When I heard the question I gave a reply that, at first, might seem a bit provocative. I said: “The biggest mistake is to think in the way that makes you even ask that question.”

By that I meant that to be an international or global speaker the most important thing for a speaker to do is to stop thinking that speaking in another country is different. It’s not. At least not even close to as different than what people think.

Since I was in India I asked Mitesh Khatri a follow up question: “Do you think “How do I get to speak in the south of India? Of course you don’t.”

And then I added: “So why do you say: “How do I get to speak in Sri Lanka?” (Which is just a bit more south of the south of India.)

I could see how something clicked in Mitesh Khatri’s head.

And that is exactly what I wanted to happen.

If you think “speaking internationally” is vastly different from “speaking nationally” and that there are huge changes you need to do in order to break the speaking-outside-your-home-country-barrier then that fear is in itself will stop you from making it happen.