Which Orbit Are You In?

And which Orbit would you like to be in?

One of my Club Members Jim Czegledi, was talking about how he’d improved his business over our 10 months together. He said “I’ve moved into a new orbit which is richer with decision makers”.

It brought to light that there are stages in our business and I love that term “Orbit”.

Orbit 1 (Chicken Dinner) This is stage 1 for many speakers; although some do skip past it. This phase is where you get out and speak for anyone who will listen. It’s your practice phase with mostly services clubs and free chicken dinners from local associations.

(This phase can also be called the Rubber Chicken Circuit).

Orbit 2 (Squeaking By) This stage is where you start to get paid. The fees aren’t super high, but you are feeling more appreciated. Local small businesses and local associations may be your clients.

Orbit 3 (Making a Living) At this point, you are no longer taking any freebies. You are working at the state or provincial association level and the corporate groups are starting to get larger with bigger budgets. Now you are making a good living at speaking! Woo hoo!

Orbit 4 (Sweet Spot) Your clients have started to send limos for you at the airport, cool! Your fees are now above $10K. You’re working with seasoned meeting pro’s who want a unique experience and ROI. Your clients are corporate and large associations.

Orbit 5 (Speaking Celeb) You’ve become a celebrity within the industry. You may have a bestselling book and your fees are beyond $15K. Limos are a common thing in your world and you may have a team of people that help your business and travel run smoothly. Chances are you are dealing with heavy hitter executives with Fortune 500’s and National or International Associations.

What orbit are you in? Please comment here, we’d love to hear from you.

See you soon Wealthy Speakers!

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  • Unfortunately I must admit to being in Orbit 2 … I’ve ascended into Orbit 3 briefly but haven’t been able to hold that altitude. Orbit 4 looks like the place to aim … and just maybe you’ll find yourself in Orbit 5.

  • Randy Keirn

    Like Steve, I’m also in Orbit 2. However, I think I am rocketing quickly towards Orbit 3 and also have my eye on Orbit 4.

  • Right now I am floating between orbit 2 and 3. Have been getting paid regularly to speak and still occationally doing the freebies. Have published a book (selling for Geniuses, http://www.coachrick.biz) but still not yet hit the breakout stage. Looking to move solidly into orbit 3 and then work towards orbit 4 by 2013. Thanks Jane.

  • Making a living AND making a life! That’s actually my sweet spot. I actually rode in a limo today, but that just doesn’t matter to me. Love to have enough meaningful work and enough time and energy for family, painting, travel just for fun, as well as noticing the sun going up and going down – and other daily wonders of the world.

  • Happy to say that I’m rocking orbit 3 and you and your book have been part of that success. Now onward and upward to orbit 4!!! I just hope the jump from 3 to 4 isn’t like losing that last 10 pounds…I think it might be, though! 😉

  • Orbit 2, but hoping to ascend! Maybe it’s time to use the services of someone like you. I know. Duh.

  • Janice Skoreyko

    I am ebbing and flowing between orbit 2 and 3; feeling confident that I will soon add word previously to that sentence and reply with
    orbit 4 and orb 5 within the next 10 months.Thank-you Jane!