Inside Look: Behind the Scenes of an International Speaking Gig!

by Chris C. Ducker · 21 comments

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Late last year I received an invitation to speak at the Annual Business Blueprint Conference in Phuket, Thailand, which took place at the beginning of February.

I mentioned it on Facebook and was asked by several people to do a bit of an expose (if you can call it that!), on the subject of traveling for a speaking gig, the preparation I go through to speak in front of an audience, etc.

My first cut of today’s video was a little long, but to make it more digestible, I decided on a shorter version where I get to the guts and the glory, leaving out the flowery commenting!

I hope you enjoy the video.

Have you spoken at any international events? Would you like to? What did you think of this ‘inside look’? I’d love to know your thoughts, so please do feel free to comment below. Cheers!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Ben February 29, 2012 at 19:13

Love this Chris – but you really need to put a full keynote up online. 30 secs of the great man just isn’t enough ;)


Chris C. Ducker February 29, 2012 at 23:30

Hey Ben

I wanted to – but, the content is exclusive for the members of the group. Perhaps on the next one.

I will be filming my BlogWorld Expo session on ‘Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Niche’ in NY, this coming June.

Stay tuned…….



Vernon GO February 29, 2012 at 19:19

nice, I gotta learn some new video blogging skills so I can do it like you do! :3


Chris C. Ducker February 29, 2012 at 23:29

Hi Vernon

It’s a lot easier than it looks, trust me.

The most important thing is to strike while the iron is hot and SHOOT. Shoot anything, everything – worse case scenario is that you never use it. Best case is that you enjoy putting something like this together, for the world to see.

Let me know if you need any help, okay, buddy.



John Colley - February 29, 2012 at 23:39

Hey Chris
Great fun and amazzzzzzing knees – I think they could feature all on their own! Just think of the lucky folks in the front row with that elevated stage!!!
Sure it would have been great to have had the presentation too!
Best regards



Chris C. Ducker March 1, 2012 at 17:56

Hi John

I’m working on putting together perhaps a bit of a compilation… We’ll see how it comes out though.

Cheers and thanks for the support, as always.



Steve wyman March 1, 2012 at 01:42


Was the 007 reference part of your pitch to star in Hollywood ?

Thats an awesome hotel for sure!!

Less knee’s more content please :-) (note the knees and please) I loved the fact that your wife still laughs at your jokes ! And my last piece of irrelevant content is – why did you go via Hong Kong? seems backwards to me but heck what do i know :-)



Chris C. Ducker March 1, 2012 at 17:54

Haha. Was a great hotel, yes. I could’ve easily done another week there!

Hey – there’s nothing wrong with my knees, okay!!!?

Went to HK, so fly Cebu-HK-Phuket, instead of via Manila – and to hang with my buddy for the night. I’m THAT kind of guy!!!

Thanks for the comment, bud.



Joseph Archibald March 1, 2012 at 12:59

I was in Phuket just a couple of months ago – bad timing – would have been good to catch this conference.

Good job Chris, thanks for sharing this with us!

@ Steve W. – why not see the sites of Hong Kong on the way to Thailand. As long as you don’t stay in Hong Kong for long, or you’d soon be bankrupt with the insane prices over there!



Chris C. Ducker March 1, 2012 at 17:53

Hi Joseph

Thanks for dropping by. And yes, bad timing indeed – would have been nice to meet you…

Next time, for sure! :-)



stevewyman March 1, 2012 at 18:21

Hey Joseph,

sights to much focus on sites :-)

yep just being a curious personwith a good sense of geography :-)

I still think the knees should be banned :-)



Chris C. Ducker March 7, 2012 at 19:15

They’re are MY knees, and this is MY blog, okay!!! :-)

I’ll stick ‘em up here if I want to……. LOL

But, deep down, I reckon you’re right, mate.



Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion March 2, 2012 at 01:34

Chris, this was a great vid man. Fun, personal, and fast paced. You’re good at what you do brother.

Continued success,



Chris C. Ducker March 4, 2012 at 14:44

Thanks, bud.

Glad you enjoyed the video. See you in NEw York in June!!!



Dean soto March 2, 2012 at 03:45

Dude, Chris, this is fantastic. You are a brave man to open up with a joke ;).

Would love to see the full video, but understand that it’s exclusive. However, I’m sure that there will be many, many more opportunities to see you speak in the future.

Good job, man.


Chris C. Ducker March 7, 2012 at 14:29

Thanks, Dean. Hey – everyone likes a joke, right…?!!

Appreciate your support, as always, bud.



Anshul March 3, 2012 at 07:18

Been waiting for this one Chris. I recently recorded a one on one interview for the entrepreneurs journey blog and took some tips from your videos on the speaking style and I am sure I’ll be using more of your videos ad an inspiration for my future speaking gigs.


Chris C. Ducker March 7, 2012 at 19:16

Hi Anshul

That’s awesome, man. So happy to hear I could help out a little.

Yaro’s blog / online mag is fantastic, too. Was a pleasure to be interviewed by him, myself, not so long ago…

Super stoked that you’re getting involved in the speaking world. It’s great fun!



JD Edwards March 13, 2012 at 16:20

Chris, amazing video!

Showed that the number of available speaking gigs is on the rise, I’m speaking here too.

So how do you get a speaking gig at a trade show or industry event?



Chris C. Ducker March 13, 2012 at 17:16


It all comes down to the people you know and the way you develop your relationships with them.

People can see phoniness a mile away nowadays. Just being yourself, full of value and a fun person to interact with goes a long, long way…

Thanks for commenting.



Brett Jarman March 13, 2012 at 17:44

Hi Chris

I think its great that you’re doing more speaking. I saw you in LA at BWELA and you were great.

What I like about you is that you don’t make things too complicated. There are some people that I have seen and videos I have viewed were the speaker goes into too much detail. Like they have something to prove. I mean, you are on the stage.. Theres nothing to prove. We are here and you are the speaker.. You understand what I mean.

I got a lot out of watching you speak on VAS. And I wish I could have seen this presentation to. Maybe next time.

Thanks Chris.


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