Month: December 2018

Important information if you are a professional speaker (motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, trainer, MC, Professor – any kind of speaker in Singapore or in Asia) interested in growing your speaking career: Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for the 2019 Asia Professional Speakers Convention.

(Full disclosure: I am sharing this on my blog with no financial incentive for myself. The Asia Professional Speakers Convention is run by Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS) of which I am a member and the current President. APSS ( is a non-profit association dedicated to help develop speakers in Asia.
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Some information:

The Asia Professional Speakers Convention (#APSC19) is the largest speaker convention in Asia and the most global speaker convention in the world!

Last year more than 250 speakers from 25 countries on 5 continents learnt, networked and got inspired.

In 2019 we aim to get more than 300 speakers to come. Join us!

Asia is the most interesting speaker market in the world, and it is set to become the largest speaker market in the near future.

The theme of the convention in 2019 is “Speak the Future”.

The Asia Professional Speakers Convention is the best place to learn how to best take advantage of the huge opportunities that the future brings for professional speakers speaking in Asia.

There just is no other event like this.

It’s most likely will be the best investment you will make in developing your speaking business in 2019. Sign up today.

Annual Convention: 10-11th May 2019

Super Early Bird Prices:

Convention Only for APSS Member – $499 SGD
Convention Only for Non APSS Member – $588 SGD SGD
Convention with Associate Membership (1 year) – $750 SGD
Convention with Professional Membership (1 year) – $870 SGD
Gala Dinner Only – $150 SGD
One Day Convention with Gala Dinner – $399 SGD
One Day Convention without Gala Dinner – $300 SGD
(Super Early Bird price will end 31st December 2018)
Join more than 300 professional speakers from around the world in Singapore on 10-11 May 2019.

Sign up here:

Fredrik Haren, today writing to you as the President APSS.

(Picture from last year’s convention.)


In Sweden we celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December. So I want to take this time to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If there where something like a “Speakers Santa” who could fulfil your speaker wishes, what would you put on top of that “speaker’s wish-list”? Email me at [email protected]. Then make your own list of what you need to do to make that wish come true.

ps. If there was one thing you wish I would write about on this blog because you really want to learn more about it, what would it be? Let me know and I might just grant your wishes and write about it.

Fredrik Haren.


In the last few days I have been featured on Linkedin by two speaker bureaus that I have the pleasure to be represented by, so that triggered me to write this post to help other speakers get more work with bureaus too.

Many fellow professional speakers ask me how to work with bureaus, and if you have read this blog over the years you have seen me give advise on different ways to work with bureaus.

Today I want to talk about how to handle leads in connection to bureaus.

1) If you get a booking through a bureau and a person comes up to you after your speech and says “That was a great speech, I would like to book you for our upcoming convention” what do you do?

Right answer: Take the persons business card and follow up with the client and CC the bureau that got you that gig.

2) A person emails you 6 months after you did the speech and says: ““That was a great speech, I would like to book you for our upcoming convention” what do you do?

Right answer: Reply to the potential client and CC the bureau that got you that gig.

3) You have just done a public speech in a country where you have not spoken for a long time (or never) and you get an email inviting to back to the same country from another organisers. What do you do?

Right answer: Reply to the potential client and CC the bureau that got you the first public booking (as most likely the second person reached out to you after seeing the public advertising for you for the first conference.). (Something I just did today actually for a speech request in Ukraine that I got on email today.)

4) A person contacts you about a speech (say in Sri Lanka) and then a few days later you get a request from a speaker bureau for the same speech, what do you do?

Right answer: Offer the bureau to take over the discussion with the client even if the client first went to you.

Speaker bureaus exist to help their clients find the right speakers. They do not exist to help the speakers find more work. That means speakers need to be VERY thankful for all the work they get from the bureaus, and it also means that the speakers should be very generous with giving leads to the bureaus they work with.

This might sound obvious, but I hear so many bureaus complain about how common it is for speakers to take leads that they got from work that was given to them from a bureau and try to get follow up work by bypassing the bureau.

Bad idea.

So tag all your leads in your CRM system as “Bureau Clients/Bureau Lead” so that you KNOW if that lead came from a bureau gig even if that person emails you years later.

A bureau who feels that you will give follow up leads to them will also give follow up work to you. A bureau who feels that you do not will stop working with you…


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