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“I know my value. I deserve to be treated X way. I deserve to be loved Y way. If we can be that bold about our love lives, why can’t we do the same in business? You deserve to be treated a certain way. Demand it.”

– Dannie Lynn Fountain

Imposter syndrome is real and if you’re not willing to ask for what you want, opportunities will pass you by. Our guest this week on the SimplyBe. Podcast is Dannie Lynn Fountain. Despite only being in her mid-twenties, Dannie has been in business for more than 11 years. But because she’s young, she struggled with whether she was qualified for her job as a speaker. She joins Jessica to give her advice on how to make a career out of professional speaking and how to reframe your inner narrative: you’re worth it, go for it!

Dannie Lynn Fountain is in her mid-twenties but she’s been a professional marketer for more than 11 years. When she discovered professional speaking, she knew she had found her calling, but did her age disqualify her from having something valuable to share? On this week’s episode of the SimplyBe. Podcast, Jessica sits down with Dannie to discuss overcoming imposter syndrome as well as actionable steps you can take to become a confident professional speaker.

Speaking engagements are a great way to expand the reach of your brand. If you’ve been wanting to get started on the speaking circuit but weren’t sure how, Dannie is here to take you step by step through the process. She shares how she’s become an in-demand speaker at more than 100 conferences a year, how to cold pitch a conference, how to workshop talks and topics, how to handle fees and topic negotiation, and her tips for dealing with stage fright.

 Tune in to this week’s episode for actionable steps you can take toward your speaking career.

In this episode of The SimplyBe. Podcast:

  • [01:21] – This week’s guest: Dannie Lynn Fountain

  • [02:29] – Happy October!

  • [06:03] – Support staff for your life

  • [08:01] – Listener review of the week

  • [13:54] – How Dannie and Jessica met at a speaking event

  • [15:19] – What excites Dannie about public speaking

  • [17:47] – Dannie’s method for booking over 100 stages per year

  • [20:53] – Approaching a conference booker with a cold pitch email

  • [25:22] – Why Dannie is motivated to speak so often

  • [29:06] – Negotiating fees for a speaking engagement

  • [37:19] – Turning down an opportunity to speak at Google

  • [46:41] – Preparing to step on stage

  • [51:13] – A quick & dirty way to test your signature talk

  • [53:05] – The Ultimate Pitching Database tool

  • [55:19] – Dannie on Instagram

  • [55:26] – What SimplyBe. means to Dannie

More about this episode's Guest:

Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing and business strategist via her company of more than 11 years, DNE MKTG. She keeps a day job at Google and spends the rest of her time traveling to speak at 100 to 150 conferences a year.

This show is produced by Soulfire Productions


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