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Why Not You Academy


Speaker Business Coaching For the Education Market 

Do you feel you have an important, potentially life-changing message to share with students or educators?

What if you could share that life-changing message and get paid thousands of dollars to do so, even though you are not well-known?


This sounds great; you are willing to do the work, but don't have a clue as to where to start.

Well, WHY NOT YOU?  Mr. Rodge is offering affordable speaker business coaching for the education market in the form of his Why Not You Academy.  He shares his knowledge and strategies that have helped him to have partnered with 29 colleges SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED by booking paid speaking engagements (yes, virtual) and the selling of his book and programs.  He has also partnered with school districts for professional development and student presentations during this time.  He is a former teacher with over a decade of experience, meaning he understands what decision makers are thinking about when they bring in speakers.  How many speaker business coaches have that type of experience?  It's pretty hard to find.


Why Should I Utilize A Coach?


  • It shortens the learning curve.  Like anything, there is a lot to learn in developing into a paid speaker.  Honestly, at least 80% (I would even say 90%) of being a speaker is not about actually speaking!  It is about positioning yourself; in other words, setting yourself up for business.


  • Understanding what to focus on.  As a beginner, it is easy to "obsess" or become preoccupied with things that really won't move the needle for your speaking business.  It's good to have someone who can share information with you on what is feasible for you as a beginner.


  • It's a process. To build any business, there are steps to be taken and sacrifices to be made.  It can also be an emotional roller coaster.  A lot of times, those closest to us are unable to relate.  It helps to have a coach (or any businessperson) that can relate.

  • Speaking is a business.  Trust me, it is easy to be a great speaker, but have no actual, real business.  Like I mentioned previously, speaking is only a very small part of the speaking business.  You will have minimal impact (and income) if you treat speaking as a hobby.  I've seen many people quit speaking because they don't approach it as a business.

What Mr. Rodge Offers

Mr. Rodge offers mentorship and guidance on how to build your speaking business for the education industry.  His Why Not You Academy is a group coaching cohort of 7 sessions  of tangible actions to building a paid speaking business in the education market. 

Overview of Sessions; after each session, there are recommended tasks to complete.


  • Session 1- Identifying why someone would hire you to speak.  Why do you want to speak and why should someone hire you?  Key questions that determine how you should approach your prospects.  Not as easy to figure out as it sounds.

  • Session 2- Understanding the importance of a website. Options for building a website, what is important, and why, when it comes to how it relates to speaking.

  • Session 3- Critiquing website, understanding how social media helps and how it could hinder.

  • Session 4- Outreach to prospects.  Reaching out to clients, importance of a CRM system, and options.

  • Session 5- Strategies to find prospects.  Honestly, this is where most people struggle and give up, without guidance in the speaking game.  Understanding how to find prospects and the dynamics involved is crucial.

  • Session 6- Pricing, proposals, negotiation, contracts.  What to do once you have an interested prospect.

  • Session 7- Meeting the needs of and servicing your client.  How to provide good service so that you can be recommended for future business.

Each session includes 1-1.5 hours of live coaching on Zoom and 1 week of access by email or phone with response within 4 hours (6:00 am to 10 pm).

Click here to see pricing for coaching services and to purchase!


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