The Top Three Things A Speaker Should Carry With Them At All Times

By , Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

“Michele, I got to speak in front of an audience of 1,000 people yesterday – all because I followed your advice and we prepared”. I was elated when my client called to tell me that she got an unexpected speaking gig – just because she was prepared “just in case”.

From that speech, she got a new client. If she didn’t have her kit together – that would not have happened.

Having an “emergency speaking kit” that you carry with you – will make you ready for the next opportunity that comes you way.

Of course it can get pretty overwhelming to figure out what to include in the kit to be truly prepared. So I thought I’d share with you the contents of my “just in case” speaking kit.

These are the exact same tools I carry with me every time I attend a meeting with a speaker.

Take a look…

A USB Drive With Your Speech

This is hands-down the best way to make sure you are ready if someone drops out at the last minute. Just put your powerpoint on a USB drive. If the call comes, you can just plug it into the presentation computer and be ready go. Of course, this assumes you have a speech ready to go.

An intro for someone to read from the stage.

I always like to have someone introduce me from the stage rather than having me introduce myself.


Because it “borrows” the authority of the host to give me additional credibility with the audience.

Want really great results? Ask the host (if they are a client or they have worked with you) to give a quick one sentence testimonial as part of the introduction. Michele is my coach and helped me to double my revenues last year. I thought she could share some of her wisdom with you.

A Ready Made Offer and Freebie

Along with your USB Flash Drive and your intro, carry a few paid order forms with you and/or have a freebie ready to offer. You might as well get a good return on investment for your speech.

Putting it all together

You want to be the go-to person when someone needs an emergency speaker, right? Then be sure to use have the items on the list. You’ll be ready to go — and you’ll be a hero to the event planner.

Guess who they’ll call the next time they need a speaker.

Michele Scism is a decisive, driven and committed entrepreneur who helps successful business owners create passive income streams so they can stop working so hard and start enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Michele’s business expertise has been highlighted recently on NBC, CBS, Fox, and She is an international speaker, best-selling author and the Founder of Decisive Minds.

She is a serial entrepreneur who knows how it feels to fail miserably at business, at one time the bank actually called demanding their $1.5 million back, and also knows how it feels to sign the contract to sell your company for $9 million dollars. For business building tips visit

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