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Topic: Get Gigs Right Now! by Robert Marsi review
Message: Posted by: djohnson (Apr 2, 2013 02:18PM)
After receiving a weekly email by Lybrary.com, I was compelled to buy a book on the site that Chris Wasshuber gave a very favorable review for.

http://www.lybrary.com/get-gigs-right-now-p-264007.html

Here's the ad: "Are you a financially broke performer? Are you complaining that your gigs have dried up due to the economy? Or you might be that brave entrepreneur who wants to start performing magic or mentalism as a full-time profession but have to take a detour around the waiting time it takes to make money and getting your name out there? You might be in a "do or die", gun-to-the-head situation where you have to start generating 'immediate' income to provide for yourself and your family, or else...

This step-by-step ebook course is the answer for those of you who want to jump-start their performing career. Even those who are doing well will gain additional business if they follow this system. You will put yourself in front of people who will want to hire you for their corporate or private events and make money while you're marketing yourself to these people. It does not matter what it is you're marketing or whether you're a corporate entertainer, birthday party magician, hypnotist, etc.

Imagine... you could potentially book yourself solid for the next week within minutes after reading through this ebook. Mentalist Robert Marsi has conquered this virtually "untapped" market that allowed him to book shows and make hundreds of dollars instantly in a single setting. You make money while you market yourself to potential clients! And the best part of all this? You do not need promotional materials to book these gigs! They are very easy to book. No marketing expense whatsoever except the cost of a phone bill. You can book your shows from the comfort of your home using your telephone or smartphone!

Included in this ebook is how to book yourself, getting ready for your show, the #1 technique to get rid of stage freight, getting up to do your show, making the money at your show, using the power of media at your shows to turn you 'famous' overnight, and a whole lot more. In the end, what you achieve for yourself is exactly the amount of work you're willing to put into it, and the information contained in this ebook will help you along the way.

Get it now... or watch your competition make money and get booked for higher paying gigs using these strategies!"

After reading through this ebook I said to myself "WOW"! Many books on marketing I've read only mentioned a few words about what Robert has fully explored in this ebook. No guesswork needed, everything you need to get booked instantly is laid out. When I got done reading it I decide to make a few calls and I was booked for 2 engagements! This stuff works. This is unlike any book I've ever read and I feel like I definitely got my money's worth! However, he includes 3 effects that one can do at the end of the book. These effects are for "laypeople" as this book was written for not only magicians and mentalists but also for the general public.

One thing I've learned is that it's nice to play with magic but its worthless if you're not making any money from it. This book has opened my eyes. I feel more confident now of making a living in this craft. I'm going to be calling more people tomorrow so I can book more shows. Just get it!

David J.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Apr 2, 2013 02:25PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 15:18, djohnson wrote:


One thing I've learned is that it's nice to play with magic but its worthless if you're not making any money from it.
David J.
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When I read this kind of comment I don't know why but I'm feeling sad...
Message: Posted by: djohnson (Apr 2, 2013 02:52PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 15:25, parmenion wrote:
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 15:18, djohnson wrote:


One thing I've learned is that it's nice to play with magic but its worthless if you're not making any money from it.
David J.
[/quote]

When I read this kind of comment I don't know why but I'm feeling sad...
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It's pretty much like my degree in Culinary arts, or any degree someone may have. It's worthless if I'm not making income from it to pay my bills.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Apr 2, 2013 02:54PM)
This sounds great, but then, so do all the other ones of the same ilk. With any luck at all, this one will be THE ONE that wil get us all booked solid.
However, I'll wait till I get a review and critique from a Cafť member we know, with a track record, and more than 4 posts. No offense to the OP, of course, and thanks for his recommend.

However, since Magic is NOT worthless without its income producing abilites, I wonder what else I disagree with.

The price, $37, seems great if it works, too high if it doesn't offer anything new. Staying tuned for more reviews.
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Apr 2, 2013 03:37PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 15:52, djohnson wrote:
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On 2013-04-02 15:25, parmenion wrote:
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On 2013-04-02 15:18, djohnson wrote:


One thing I've learned is that it's nice to play with magic but its worthless if you're not making any money from it.
David J.
[/quote]

When I read this kind of comment I don't know why but I'm feeling sad...
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It's pretty much like my degree in Culinary arts, or any degree someone may have. It's worthless if I'm not making income from it to pay my bills.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoptofKbQ04
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Apr 2, 2013 03:39PM)
The other thing is, marketing is somewhat different in the uk to that in the states, the same base rules apply I'm sure, but the general approach can be wildly different...
Message: Posted by: bdekolta (Apr 2, 2013 04:09PM)
I see this is also available on the Kindle.

You can read about it on Amazon and get a pretty good idea of what this is and whether it would be for you. I didn't pick this up but thought about it.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 2, 2013 04:34PM)
I haven't read this PDF yet but I spoke with Marsi several times a week while he was writing it. As you may already know he is quite a gifted radio mentalist and we shared that interest. I helped him with some radio effects and he was sharing with me how he got the majority of his gigs. I was unaware he would be releasing this material in written form and I was surprised he did.
If this is the same as our discussions I would say it plays as it reads . As in all things you will get out what you put in. Marsi is a pro and I wish I had half as many gigs as he does!!
I will review the book in a week or so.
Message: Posted by: djohnson (Apr 2, 2013 04:57PM)
I received a message from someone who explained to me why my review raised eyebrows. I understand now and I just wanted to do a good deed for someone who wrote a book which inspired me and made me appreciate this craft more knowing I could make money with it. Yes, I'm new here and I apologize if caused alarm. I'm also excited to be a part of this forum.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Apr 2, 2013 06:06PM)
Seems very suspicious to me. A new poster comes on here right out of the shoot with no credibility leaving a raving review. It's obvious why anyone here would be suspect.

Also this vague marketing and vague review is exactly what's wrong with this industry today. Most do not know what kind of performer this guy is and he or the OP/reviewer won't even say what the market is for the bookings. This results in a you-have-to-buy-it-to-even-discover-if-the-author-content-and-market-are-for-you. Any time you pay to buy or pay first to get the basic information and true description send up an immediate red flag.

Again, he should be sending it to two or three credible members here BEFORE it's release to offer legitimate reviews and his hype and promo should give some specifics (not necessarily all the goods, methods or secrets) so the interested purchaser's know exactly what they are purchasing.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Apr 2, 2013 06:09PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 15:18, djohnson wrote:
After reading through this ebook I said to myself "WOW"! Many books on marketing I've read only mentioned a few words about what Robert has fully explored in this ebook. No guesswork needed, everything you need to get booked instantly is laid out. When I got done reading it I decide to make a few calls and I was booked for 2 engagements! This stuff works. This is unlike any book I've ever read and I feel like I definitely got my money's worth! However, he includes 3 effects that one can do at the end of the book. These effects are for "laypeople" as this book was written for not only magicians and mentalists but also for the general public.

One thing I've learned is that it's nice to play with magic but its worthless if you're not making any money from it. This book has opened my eyes. I feel more confident now of making a living in this craft. I'm going to be calling more people tomorrow so I can book more shows. Just get it!

David J.
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djohnson, re-read your review. It says absolutely nothing other than your opinion that you liked it. It doesn't give any specifics as to why or it's content or actual information on what and why it's different than other courses or programs available.

If you're going to offer a "review" offer some actual information and examples.
Message: Posted by: djohnson (Apr 2, 2013 06:41PM)
Mindpro, now I regret posting a review. I only expressed my opinions and if you think I was asked to review this then you're wrong. I just wanted to share this with the community. In the book, Mr. Marsi points out that the organizations you market to are desperate for speakers and entertainers. I took the initiative and called up 5 such organizations and booked 2. I was jumping up and down in joy. However these are not paid gigs but he teaches you how turn them into paid gigs. And that's all Ill say without giving away too much. I'm a full time cook at a classy restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina and I want to make that leap to have a part-time business doing magic/mentalism.

If there is something wrong about being a newbie and posting my reviews/opinions then perhaps this forum is not for me.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 2, 2013 06:41PM)
I'm on my iPhone so I can't figure out how to post a link to one of Marsi's radio shows. If someone would search the link they would hear that Marsi is a real pro .... I too am extremely suspicious about someone posting immediately after joining. If you check my history you will find I'm extremely skeptical of this behavior, however I wouldn't put away my thinking cap just yet. Perhaps this is some kind of a set up???? Let the conspiracy theories fly !!!!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 2, 2013 08:38PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 19:41, djohnson wrote:
Mindpro, now I regret posting a review. I only expressed my opinions and if you think I was asked to review this then you're wrong. I just wanted to share this with the community. In the book, Mr. Marsi points out that the organizations you market to are desperate for speakers and entertainers. I took the initiative and called up 5 such organizations and booked 2. I was jumping up and down in joy. However these are not paid gigs but he teaches you how turn them into paid gigs. And that's all Ill say without giving away too much. I'm a full time cook at a classy restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina and I want to make that leap to have a part-time business doing magic/mentalism.

If there is something wrong about being a newbie and posting my reviews/opinions then perhaps this forum is not for me.
[/quote] Just hang in there ... TIME WILL TELL. IT ALWAYS DOES... ;)
Message: Posted by: tboehnlein (Apr 2, 2013 08:48PM)
What rest. I will be in charleston tomorrow.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 2, 2013 09:28PM)
Basically... ALL DIETS WORK .... You just have to stick with it ... I think it is the same with this. I could be wrong but I'll k ow for sure next week.
Message: Posted by: Atlas (Apr 2, 2013 09:46PM)
Slim,

I think this is the link you were looking for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6p8GuVarlQ&feature=youtu.be

Best,

Atlas
Message: Posted by: the Sponge (Apr 2, 2013 10:34PM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 19:41, djohnson wrote:
Mindpro, now I regret posting a review. I only expressed my opinions and if you think I was asked to review this then you're wrong. I just wanted to share this with the community. In the book, Mr. Marsi points out that the organizations you market to are desperate for speakers and entertainers. I took the initiative and called up 5 such organizations and booked 2. I was jumping up and down in joy. However these are not paid gigs but he teaches you how turn them into paid gigs. And that's all Ill say without giving away too much. I'm a full time cook at a classy restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina and I want to make that leap to have a part-time business doing magic/mentalism.
[/quote]
Wait. I'm confused. It shows you how to get tons of UNPAID gigs? Oh. To get your name out there I guess. In hopes someone who sees you wants to pay you for a gig. Novel. Here's an idea: perform walk around/table hopping at your swanky restaurant on your days off. $10 please.

S
Message: Posted by: andyfisher (Apr 3, 2013 02:41AM)
Hi guys - if I might be so bold as to offer an additional review - I did buy the book and can report the following:

It is 52 pages long which seems brief given the price.
It offers one primary idea for how to acquire free gigs which might afford an opportunity for add on sales or referral work.
The idea is NOT one that has not been already suggested in other products which more comprehensively address marketing for entertainers.
The book is reasonably well written and produced.

For me, it was not value for money - if a newcomer had no experience of business breakfast clubs or charitable events then the book might well indeed be a revelation but otherwise, I suspect that the book might seem to fall a little short of expectations. To be fair the title of the book is not 'Increase your revenue' or 'Get PAID Gigs Right Now' and so it does do precisely what it claims but I came away feeling disappointed and under nourished!

Apologies if this perspective is a little negative but it might serve to balance djohnson's perspective which, while no less valid (and welcome to the forum - please don't allow the frosty reception put you off but it might be worth sharing ideas rather than reviews and recommendations to begin with while we get to know you) isn't aligned with my sense of what that kind of money ought to deliver!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 3, 2013 07:24AM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 22:46, MagicAtlas wrote:
Slim,

I think this is the link you were looking for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6p8GuVarlQ&feature=youtu.be

Best,

Atlas
[/quote] yes. This is my favorite one. Thanks !!!!
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Apr 3, 2013 08:35AM)
Sorry, but I take issue with the statement that doing magic is "worthless unless you are making money doing it." What about doing it just for the shear joy of it? There are plenty of people who like to perform casually, who have no desire to become professional but bring joy to others. Are they wasting their time? I don't think so.
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Apr 3, 2013 08:36AM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-02 19:41, djohnson wrote:
Mindpro, now I regret posting a review. I only expressed my opinions and if you think I was asked to review this then you're wrong. I just wanted to share this with the community. In the book, Mr. Marsi points out that the organizations you market to are desperate for speakers and entertainers. I took the initiative and called up 5 such organizations and booked 2. I was jumping up and down in joy. However these are not paid gigs but he teaches you how turn them into paid gigs. And that's all Ill say without giving away too much. I'm a full time cook at a classy restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina and I want to make that leap to have a part-time business doing magic/mentalism.

If there is something wrong about being a newbie and posting my reviews/opinions then perhaps this forum is not for me.
[/quote]

No, don't misunderstand my points that I was trying to make. I or no one ever thought you were asked to post a review. I never thought that either. What I was referring to as suspect is that an unknown new member would come here without first introducing or establishing themselves first so we who who this review or opinion is coming from. Are you a seasoned, longtime working pro, or are you a 13 year old kid who came across the Cafť by Google? Do you see how the review and your opinion could differ based on such knowledge and information?

If course you are entitled to you opinion. But when that opinion comes in the form of a review supporting or endorsing an unknown product, from perhaps an unknown resource (maybe others know of him but we all don't), that carries a decent purchase price and begins with such a bold claim in the title, it makes someone a bit curious and perhaps even apprehensive. This also comes at a time where a more common practice around here is the creator having friends or stooges come on here under the pretenses of paying customers or "regular" means, offering a review which always seem to praise the work to be "the latest and greatest". It happens regularly here and has created a defense toward this with many members here (see Mike Ince's recent thread).

In actuality even after reading your post and review it told us nothing other than you liked it. It was your second post here that actually offered more insight and real information.

The review offered by andyfisher also offered much more clarity, along with his opinion, which now allows potentially interested members here have a better idea what they would be spending their hard earned money on, and if it is right for them.

Not being sure of the level of your experience, I suspect his concepts may or similar to some available in other materials by the sounds of it. It is also important to know the area and markets where he performs as many Members here are may not have or be interested in the same market. Often material specific to one region may not always be as appealing or viable in other areas.

Finally, another thing never mentioned in many of today's new releases is a directive in the hype and promotional release (and also the reviews) of who this content is intended for - beginners, amateurs, working professionals, those seeking to get into the ______ market, etc. This is crucial information that is always missing, whether intention (as in many cases) or not, as well as is this for strolling, closeup, parlour or stage? These two pieces of info are crucial to any release or purchase in my opinion. The concept should be to have informed, happy customers (this of course ultimately cuts down on negative reviews) which is impossible when so much important information is being withheld by the creator.

Just a few insights to offer a better understanding of where I and perhaps others were coming from.

I value Slim's perspectives and believe the creator may be a decent, credible guy. Again it was the method of promotion and lack of real info that made this suspect to me, not the person himself.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Apr 3, 2013 11:25PM)
If one were to want to make a business/living out of doing close up magic, what resources would you point to?

Doing magic is one thing, the business side of magic his a whole other plain.
Message: Posted by: Smoking Camel (Apr 7, 2013 02:11AM)
[quote]
On 2013-04-04 00:25, Blindside785 wrote:
If one were to want to make a business/living out of doing close up magic, what resources would you point to?

Doing magic is one thing, the business side of magic his a whole other plain.
[/quote]

The ultimate small business marketing book to begin with
Message: Posted by: RobertMarsi (Aug 31, 2014 10:34PM)
It's good to be a part of the Cafť finally. I was quite surprised after reading reviews of my book. However, I must point out that this book was written with the general public in mind. I'm sorry if some of my magician and mentalist friends did not find any new routines. This is a marketing book that has helped magicians and many non-magician business owners. It has enabled them to take their business off the ground without the long wait of advertising.

There will be some exciting news coming up in the near future for the owners of this book. At this point, that is all that I can say for now. I am making a grand return to this market as I am offering all new business services to individuals/corporations! Hope to see some of you out there!

Regards,

Robert Marsi
Message: Posted by: tpratt38 (Sep 4, 2014 04:56PM)
I think the book had good info, to point me in the right direction to find places to practice and refine my public speaking, performance, and ways to find potential clients, and create a initial revenue stream. I was not impressed with the bonus section. I was hoping for more meat in that part, I would have put a few more effects.

It is well written and as the writer says it was not written for Magicians or Mentalists but for regular people to ad magic to their gigs.

If you apply the information in this book you will more than recoup your investment.
Message: Posted by: RobertMarsi (Sep 11, 2014 04:28PM)
Tpratt38,

Thank you for that honest review. This book has been selling very well among laypeople and business owners. Many have experienced instant transformations in their businesses following the advice contained. It is my hope it helps you too.

Yes, the book was written with laypeople in mind. The effects in the bonus section was enough for the average layperson to use. However, there will be an update to this book later on in the future and those who have purchased it will automatically receive it. More announcements will come .
Message: Posted by: Marqus (May 10, 2017 07:48AM)
I bought this book back in February & I thought that I had finally came upon my 'goose that lays the golden eggs'. I was very excited, but I waited until I was totally prepared (writing out the scripts for the shows, preparing some cool giveaways, etc.) because these organizations are desperate for speakers.
I have no problem with offering a performance at no charge (I didn't say "free") as long as there's a chance that it will lead to more venues.

So a few weeks ago, I sent an email to 22 of these type of organizations. I haven't received one response.
Regarding some of the organizations, I had to email through FaceBook. One of them had 260+ Likes in regards to see the message that I sent, another 240+ Likes, still other had over 100+ Likes.
Yet nobody is contacting me!
I continue to be confused (yes, MindPro, I still haven't given up. Wish I could afford your expertise.)

Anyway, here is the message that I emailed to the 22 organizations:

Hello, (President or Chairman or Secretary's name).
Is your group in need of a unique, entertaining speaker for an upcoming meeting or event?
I do a few free programs as part of my overall marketing plan and I am contacting you to offer to speak at your club sometime this year.
I am a local speaker/entertainer/author who can add a unique talk to your upcoming meetings. Iíve written 3 books for entertainers in my field and have been performing for over 25 years.
I have 3 talks that I would suggest for your club:

Golf Tips by a Non-Golfer (entertaining tongue-in-cheek talk)
How to Win at the Casino (what Iíve learned about gambling)
Using Your Intuition in Sales (utilizing your hunches)

Each talk runs approximately 20 minutes.
Whom should I contact about getting on the schedule for 2017?
I will touch base with you in 2 weeks, if I donít hear from you.

Thanks!

If anyone has any input to eleviate my confusion, please chime in.
Message: Posted by: Chris (May 11, 2017 08:49AM)
I am not a performer and do not have any experience in how to best pitch yourself to such organizations. But I am a business man myself and there is one red flag that immediately popped out when I read your letter. Unless you are pitching to casino executives, gambling and sales don't go together. Many folks associate gambling with cheating, dishonesty, etc., particularly if you are offering 'how to win' - all items you do want to stay away from, particularly if you are also offering advice in sales. I would therefore suggest you drop your 'how to win at the casino' talk.

I would also remove the phrase 'my marketing plan'. Whatever your plans are is not important. You want to offer quality content, either entertaining or valuable to the listeners. There is very little of that in your letter. What is your value proposition? Why should anybody take the time to listen to your talk even if it is free?
Message: Posted by: Marqus (May 11, 2017 01:43PM)
Chris,
Thanks for your input.
Your comments are what I was hoping for.

For the record, the "casino" talk is another tongue-in-cheek talk as the audience doesn't learn anything to win at a casino. I should re-title it, more along the lines of, "Learn Why You Can't Win At A Casino".

<Why should anybody take the time to listen to your talk even if it is free?>
Well, mostly for the reasons Robert Marsi gives in his ebook.
I guess I should change the descriptions for the Golf one & the Casino one. The Sales one states that you're going to learn to 'utilize your hunches' in sales.

I really appreciate your comments on all of this.
Back to the drawing board!
Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Dale A. Hildebrandt (May 11, 2017 07:47PM)
[quote]On May 11, 2017, Marqus wrote:
Chris,
Thanks for your input.
Your comments are what I was hoping for.

For the record, the "casino" talk is another tongue-in-cheek talk as the audience doesn't learn anything to win at a casino. I should re-title it, more along the lines of, "Learn Why You Can't Win At A Casino".

<Why should anybody take the time to listen to your talk even if it is free?>
Well, mostly for the reasons Robert Marsi gives in his ebook.
I guess I should change the descriptions for the Golf one & the Casino one. The Sales one states that you're going to learn to 'utilize your hunches' in sales.

I really appreciate your comments on all of this.
Back to the drawing board!
Thank you. [/quote]

So, someone who cannot sell their talk is going to tell me how use my "hunches" on how to sell things. How's that working for ya?

--Dale
Message: Posted by: Marqus (May 12, 2017 07:08AM)
Dale,

Thanks for your comments.
Of course , only you guys know that I'm not selling my talks. The recipients don't know where I am or how many I've done.

I've bought quite a few of your ebooks & for the most part, enjoy your creativity & thoughts.
Thanks again for chiming in with the 'rub-in-the-face' comments.

Maybe it's time for me to depart from here.
Message: Posted by: Dale A. Hildebrandt (May 12, 2017 07:57AM)
Marqus,

My point is that you should not be selling something you have no experience with doing yourself. The best affiliates for affiliate programs actually use the product or service and have experience with it. Then there's affiliates that will sell anything just to get affiliate money. The ones who actually believe in, and use, what they are selling are the most successful.

Here's some more advice for you:

Hello, (President or Chairman or Secretary's name).
Is your group in need of a unique, entertaining speaker for an upcoming meeting or event?

=== This is bad opening. You are supplicating to them and asking them if they need you, and all this in a way that easily allows them to just say "no". You need to tell them what's in it for them, and that lets them then know they do need you. But this is one of the worst opening lines ever for a sales pitch.

I do a few free programs as part of my overall marketing plan and I am contacting you to offer to speak at your club sometime this year.
===They don't care about you, or what's in it for you. Plus "sometime this year" makes it sound like you have nothing else to do (even if you don't have any other gigs you don't have to tell your potential client that!). First, you need to realize that the reader of your pitch only cares about WIIFM as in What's In It For ME! "I have a program that can increase your sales through applied uses of intuition. People see X results after Y number of days. You can get the first program during August at a special introductory price of only $100." Also, to many of these organizations they may be suspicious of someone offering free.


I am a local speaker/entertainer/author who can add a unique talk to your upcoming meetings. Iíve written 3 books for entertainers in my field and have been performing for over 25 years.
====Not specific enough; anyone can claim to give a unique talk. They need to know SPECIFIC FEATURES & BENEFITS. Also, so what if you've written books of other entertainers, unless you can tie that into a benefit for the customer you are after. And if you're going to talk about sales then shift the focus from your performing for over 25 years to "I've been successfully selling my entertainment program to many markets for over 25 years"


I have 3 talks that I would suggest for your club:
===This is just plain bad. These talks are all unrelated. You need to offer packages, but they need to be intertwined and somehow relate to each other. Such as "You can get the free introductory course on using applied intuition in a sales force" then "If you are fully satisfied you can then order the Gold Packages, a 2 day intensive seminar on how to use applied intuition and overcome objections through mastery of situational awareness" and then "Or you can get the Platinum packages, a four day intensive seminar that teaches you everything from the Gold Package plus how to use your new found mastery of applied intuition in other areas of life, which will make your sales force have happier lives causing them to go out and sell 3 times more than before"


Golf Tips by a Non-Golfer (entertaining tongue-in-cheek talk)
How to Win at the Casino (what Iíve learned about gambling)
Using Your Intuition in Sales (utilizing your hunches)

Each talk runs approximately 20 minutes.
==The length of the talk doesn't matter to a qualified prospect. The value of the talk, the features and benefits, what the prospect will get. I've seen people pay thousands of dollars to drive around in a Cadillac for two hours; and I've seen people refuse to pay more than $5 for a 4 hour seminar.

Whom should I contact about getting on the schedule for 2017?
==You've already contacted your contact and now you're asking them for something without giving them anything in return? Generally, if they are not the correct contact, you should get that sorted out first....

I will touch base with you in 2 weeks, if I donít hear from you.
===This basically says "Even though I can give a free talk at any time of the year, you Dear Sir or Madam, are not important enough for me to follow up with for FOURTEEN DAYS!" In 2 weeks, after one initial contact, potentially with the wrong point person, do you think they'll remember/care?



Thanks!

--Dale
Message: Posted by: Marqus (May 12, 2017 09:37AM)
Good points but I'm getting confused because it seems that it contradicts some of the suggestions in the Marsi book.
Because Mr. Marsi doesn't actually give a template on what to write in the email, I searched out this:

<Tips for Speaking at Rotary Clubs to Grow Your Speaking Business>
<Write an email offer to present. Here is the one I wrote:
I am contacting you regarding offering to speak at your Rotary Club this fall/winter. I do a few free programs as part of my overall marketing plan.
I am a local author and speaker on communication topics. My book, Small Talk Big Results: Chit Chat Your Way to Success! was published last year.
I have 2 talks that I would suggest for your club:
Beyond Bullet Points: Business Storytelling (short workshop)
Communication Tips from Tots: What I Learned from My Children (inspirational talk)
Whom should I contact about getting on the schedule for Sept-December, 2011?
I will touch base with you after Memorial Day, if I donít hear from you.
Thanks!
Diane Windingland
(note: I encouraged clubs to choose ďbusiness storytellingĒ and thatís what they all did choose)>

Again, thanks for the input. I think it's time to drop my dreams of a local mentalism career.
Really - thank you.
Message: Posted by: Marqus (May 16, 2017 09:27AM)
I see that there are no comments on my previous post so I will move on.

I sincerely appreciate the input but it doesnít seem like my concerns were touched upon in my original post.
I got all these Facebook likes (hundreds of them) from the organizations that received my offer (donít forget - the letter wasnít public). Iím baffled that not one person contacted me.
Tie that in with this post from OP djohnson (ďWhen I got done reading it I decide to make a few calls and I was booked for 2 engagements! This stuff works.Ē) and this excerpt from the ebook where Marsi states that they ďare always desperate to get speakers. They really donít care what the topic is about, as long as itís proper and interesting.Ē (BTW, Marsi encourages emails.)

Almost all of these organizations sponsor/have a golf tournament.
All of these organizations are located within 2 to 15 minutes from our local casino.
I mention this because Iím sure someone will say that the topics of my talks arenít Ďproper or interesting.í To these people, I think they would be.

Anyway, I revised my letter & offer by changing the titles of the talks, whatís in it for them if they have me give a free talk, and also putting in a deadline for my offer.

Iím just confused and more & more. If I sucked at performing, Iíd be able to accept these results, but I performed a show at a private party this past weekend, & received so much positive praises that it started to become embarrassing.

Hope those reading my posts have read the ebook by Robert Marsi.
I didnít send/email my revised letter offer yet - still contemplating if Iím wasting more time & heartache.
I just wanted to really post regarding the Facebook situation but my emotions got the best of me. Probably because Iím so obsessed with performing.
Thanks for reading.